Tag Archives: Pollution

Why Is Recycling So Important?

Recycling symbol on bottle

There are plenty of facts out there on why recycling is important. 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 that difficult to make a difference. And what a difference we can make. Here are some details, stats and tips…

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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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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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Recently Extinct Animals: Not Just Dinos

Cheeta: Recently Extinct Animals

The term “extinct” often brings to mind the towering giants of the Cretaceous period; however, this is not always the case. Over the years, as we have had an increasingly detrimental effect on our environment, animal species have been facing the threat of extinction more often. Let’s take a look at some of the most recently extinct animal species and the factors that led to their extinction…

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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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Different Types of Environmental Disasters

Environmental Disasters power plant

By the very nature of this planet, Earth is constantly in a state of change and some of these changes become so devastating in their after effects that they are recognized as environmental disasters. Not all environmental disasters are the result of natural change; however, many are the result of human error, carelessness or simply a combination of human caused factors that culminate to create a non-favorable outcome. Regardless of how environmental disasters are caused though, throughout its lifetime the planet has seen its fair share, ranging from nuclear disaster to natural disaster and each and every one has left a pock-mark on the surface of the planet…

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A Nuclear Situation in Fukushima Japan

Power plant smoke

As if the sheer devastation caused by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and following tsunami weren’t enough, the country of Japan is now facing the potential of nuclear disaster. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was built to stand up to an earthquake of major magnitudes, quakes that hit the world at a rate of eighteen per year. However, the estimation of a 7.9 magnitude quake being the largest to hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant did not take into account the 33 foot tsunami that was to follow the 9.0 magnitude quake hit on March 11, 2011…

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