Alex Schenker

Alex loves nature and does his best to take care of the planet. He doesn't take for granted the serenity that can be found in the stillness of an ancient forest, or the majestic power of the ocean's large waves as they crash on an isolated island shoreline. He wants to raise awareness for how simple it can be to make a couple changes in your everyday life that can make a huge difference for the environment in the long term.

Why Is Recycling So Important?

Recycling symbol on bottle

There’s plenty of facts out there on why recycling is beneficial. The world population is growing, not shrinking, and currently each human being adds significant waste to the planet over his or her lifetime. In New York alone, people produce enough trash in one day to fill the entire Empire State building. The frustrating thing is, in most developed countries it’s not all too difficult to make a difference. And what a difference we can make. If everyone repurposed their copy of a single edition of The New York Times, we could save 75,000 trees.

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16 Types of Salamanders, Explained

Yellow salamander on log

What is a salamander? There are a whopping 500 species of amphibians that can be classified as salamanders. Salamanders are similar in shape and size to lizards – with a slender body and long tail. What differentiates them from the typical lizard? Salamanders won’t always have four limbs, and can often be seen slithering along without them. They are also commonly brightly colored, although underground species may simply be white or pink in color Let’s take a look at some of the more common species of salamander.

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Is Sodium Fluoride Dangerous? Risks and Benefits Analyzed

Toothbrush

I remember going to the dentist as a kid and dreading the experience. Why? Not that any kid loves going to the dentist, but I was definitely ending up with cavities more often than not. This continued into adulthood unfortunately, and when I asked the dentist what I was doing wrong, he would explain to me that I had “strong gums, but weak teeth.” Great, I thought. “What toothpaste do you recommend I use?” I asked the dentist, thinking that must be the culprit. He would reply with” it doesn’t matter, as long as you have flavor and fluoride.” Sodium fluoride has long been known to be a cavity fighter. And to my knowledge was never really a health concern until recently…

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Can You Recycle Envelopes With Window In Them?

Envelope with plastic window

We once heard that throwing just a small amount of unrecyclable material would screw up the recycling process and cause the entire portion of recycled material to go to waste. So for a long time, we would spend tedious hours cutting out the plastic windows from envelopes to make sure no non-recyclable materials got into our recycling bin. After a while we got fed up with all the time this process took, thinking – “why should we have to spend hours to make up for the credit card and other advertising companies’ neglect of the environment?” Well, after some research, it looks like some recycling facilities can process those little plastic windows. So are envelopes recyclable after all?…

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Is The Honey Bee In Danger of Extinction?

Honeybees on honeycomb

The Honey Bee is one of nature’s peculiarities but it is one creature which nature itself depends upon to a great extent. Without the Honey Bee there are many species of plants and fruit bearing trees that would not be pollinated and should the day come where the Honey Bee is no longer available these plants and trees would surely die out. As of late there has been a concern of the disappearance of Honey Bees surrounded by the worry that these beautiful natural pollinators will soon die out completely and since 2006 researchers have been dedicated to finding out more about this mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder to see what can be done to prevent it and save not only the Honey Bee but also the trees and flowers which it pollinates.

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The World is Running out of Crude Oil

Oil leaking in the shape of the United States

The reality of the situation is that crude oil is a fossil fuel, something that cannot be recreated or regenerated, and the world is rapidly running out of this so-called precious resource. Even the Middle East (Saudi Arabia), stockpiling some of the largest crude oil reserves in the world, will eventually run out. Because of its deep integration in our society, businesses and individuals depend on oil. Carmakers, airplane manufacturers, and various manufacturing and processing facilities thrive on the profits generated by oil-based equipment. What these companies are failing to realize is that there’s not much left. United States oil production peaked in the early 1970’s, and we are now completely out of crude oil, depending on other nations for our oil imports. Because of its limited availability, crude oil is bound to run out everywhere sooner or later. And that time is closer than we think…

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Tap Water Vs Bottled Water, Which is Better?

Water fauce and botle of water: Tap Water Vs Bottled Water

In a society that has become increasingly environmentally conscious, there are many concerns that center on bottled water. Water is one of life’s most precious resources so it is important to understand and know the things that can help conserve it. But there’s also been recent concerns over the quality of tap water and how it impacts our health. So which should you choose? The ultimate answer depends on your local situation. On the whole, tap water, when properly regulated, can be better for both your health and the environment. What can be done to save the Earth’s dwindling drinkable water supply? Read on to find out…

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What Do the Different Plastic Recycle Codes Mean?

Guide to plastic recycle codes on top of bag

If you are new to recycling then the whole process may seem completely overwhelming. Certainly there is glass, paper and plastic to recycle…but what about those numbers on the bottom of the plastic containers? What do they mean and how do they affect your recycling efforts? Below we will take a look at what each of these numbers means…

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Living TV Free, An Experiment

Kid watching TV

Did you know that the average American owns 3 televisions and many have a television in their living/family room and each bedroom? It’s really not a wonder that obesity is such an epidemic in this country when kids watch approximately 32 hours of television per week…

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