The Environmental Journal


Wind Energy is the way to Go!
December 10, 2010, 9:09 pm
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Everyone knows what happened with the BP oil spill and it would have never happened if America was so addicted to oil. This cartoon made me pro wind energy even more. Wind energy would never cause the damage the BP oil spill did. Many however are still against wind energy. Yes, wind energy is a little expensive but the price of wind turbines is going down every year. Yes, wind turbines are quite noisy but the wind turbines wouldn’t be around neighborhoods. The only way wind turbines would increase noise pollution is if you lived a few hundred meters away but I don’t think anyone will live next to wind turbines. Yes, wind is unreliable and unpredictable but what other renewable energy source is as efficient as wind energy. For example, solar energy installation requires a large area for the system to be efficient in providing a source of electricity. Also, geothermal energy has low number of suitable locations for a power plant and will not be able to provide enough energy for the entire united states population. And finally nuclear energy is too risky. Nuclear energy can have catastrophic  effects if there were an accident to occur. We wouldn’t want another Chernobyl disaster because of a nuclear power plant accident. Wind energy is the safest and most reliable of all the renewable energy sources. Wind energy would never cause any catastrophic disasters and that is why wind energy is the best of all renewable energy sources.

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California high speed rail line starting construction
December 9, 2010, 10:57 pm
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California is learning from London, Paris and other cities in Europe and finally started constructing a high speed rail line. I have lived in California and the public transportation is not the most ideal public transportation. The California high speed rail line is said to connect from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The people in charge of this project are not only trying to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco but they are trying to connect major metropolitan centers in the state. Authority Vice chair Tom Umberg said, “We’re in the business of connecting major metropolitan centers across our state.” He also said that, “We won’t have a true high-speed rail system until we tie every part of this state together.” This is not only a plus for the environment because people will start to drive cars less but also helps the economy because it gives Californians jobs they drastically need. Also, people will soon stop taking less flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco and also reducing oil consumption. Once the California high speed rail line is open I will be one of the first people to try and ride this new high speed rail line.



Controversey: Non-renewable energy sources
December 9, 2010, 9:01 pm
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As we know America is addicted to oil. We are dependent on coal and oil. Both coal and oil emissions release carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide which contributes to global warming. Every time we drive our cars we are contributing to global warming. Americans have to find a new way of energy. The best nonrenewable source of energy is wind energy. Wind energy is a great source of energy because it does not contribute to global warming and also does not generate pollution.  Wind Energy is also a more permanent type of energy. The wind will exist till the time the sun exists, which is roughly another four billion years. One of the early problems with wind energy was that it was kind of expensive but since the eighties the price of wind energy has gone down by at least eighty percent. Wind energy is the best kind of energy because wind is everywhere, we can place wind turbines where there is a lot of wind and create a lot of energy.  Wind energy can also be the answer to the globe’s question of energy in the face of the rising petroleum and gas prices. The only way we as citizens can help right now is to drive less and stop contributing to global warming and the greenhouse effect. If you want to learn more about wind energy and also want to learn more on how to help visit http://www.awea.org/.



1st and 2nd graders are Ecoheroes
November 12, 2010, 8:15 pm
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A group of 1st and 2nd graders in Raleigh, North Carolina decided to make a change in their community. The 1st and 2nd graders learned that they can make a difference in the their community when they decided to participate in the Sieman’s Change the World Challenge. The schools focus was reducing waste in their cafeteria. During this whole process the kids were learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The kids were making posters to advertise recycling. They also made recycling containers and challenged each class to reduce, reuse and recycle. With the kids being so active in their school it also caused for the parents to become active at home. According to the treehugger blog “Many of the families either began or increased their recycling efforts. Most of the team began packing lunches that were sustainable—cloth napkins, reusable sandwich containers, water bottles. The other kids noticed, thought it was cool and began emulating them. Parents shared that they began to make more informed decisions at the grocery store.” This is exactly what the environment needs from almost every school. Not only should elementary schools model this school but also middle schools and high schools should become active in trying to save the environment. Starting at a young age also increases the “cool” factor of being eco-friendly and once they get older they will continue believing that being eco-friendly is “cool”. America needs more schools like Hunter Elementary School.



Blog Analysis: Greenpeace.org
November 3, 2010, 3:26 pm
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The greenpeace organization is a great way for people to not only get informed on current news on the environment but to also get involved. The greenpeace.org blog has many features that helps its audience be engaged with the website. One of the prominent features in the greenpeace.org website is that they have an application for Google Earth; it is very interesting how they have incorporated that application into their website. The Google Earth application helps the audience know where the current Green Peace ships are around the world. Another interesting feature is they have a lot of advertisements for teenagers to get involved in the community and to join Green Peace. This means that Green Peace is trying to have people get involved with the community and help the community become safer. One feature I found very fun was the climate culture calculator in the treehugger.com blog. The calculator can estimate how much carbon dioxide we can save just by biking to work or driving less.

The reason I think the greenpeace.org blog has become so successful is because the website really engages with the audience. The audience gets to feel like they have a very important role in trying to help the environment. The organization does not only have a blog, but their audience can follow them on twitter, facebook, flickr, and also youtube. In order to be a successful blog, the blog must connect with the audience and that is exactly what the greenpeace organization does and that is why it is one of top environmental blogs in the world.

 



To the Non-Believers
October 29, 2010, 2:13 pm
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It is hard to believe that some scientists still believe that Global Warming is just a myth and it is  a conspiracy. Some scientists still believe that this rise in temperature in our earth is just a climate change, that this rise of temperature is just a natural process caused by the earth. Well according to the graph above the rise in temperature is not just a natural process caused by the earth but a natural process caused by humans. Since the 1970s the warming of the earth has been increasing, the 20 warmest years have occurred since 1981. Also, the 10 warmest years have occurred in the past 12 years. It is pretty obvious that there is a relationship with the increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and the warming of the earth. If you were still skeptical about global warming being true just remember this post and if we continue to emit carbon dioxide then we can only expect for the temperature to increase more and the next 10 years will be the hottest years the earth has ever experienced.



Beautiful Death
October 22, 2010, 10:41 pm
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Coral reefs have the most bio-diversity in the ocean. The coral reefs are so beautiful, they seem calm but they are full of life. I remember in 10th grade I went on a trip to Mexico, where we were able to scuba dive and see coral reefs. I have to say it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The coral reefs are full life, there are schools of fish everywhere and also there aren’t just fish there but also sea horses, invertebrates, seabirds and so much more. The coral reefs are home to 25% of fish species. It seems like all the marine life is just at peace and they have nothing to worry about. However, that is not true, over the past couple years the coral reefs are being bleached and dying. The coral reefs are living organisms just like us and just like us any change in their environment can cause them to die. Coral reefs are very sensitive and any change in the temperature of the water can kill them. So with the recent rise of temperatures in the water has killed a lot of coral reefs. In 2005 80% of corals in the Caribbean were bleached and 40% died and according to some scientist from the treehugger blog, this year could be worse. “I’ve never seen bleaching like it in Panama,” said Nancy Knowlton, a coral biologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama who has been studying the local flora for 25 years.  We must protect these coral reefs because they are so vulnerable to change. Global Warming has caused for the water temperature to rise and each time the temperature rises increases the chances of the coral reefs dying. Researchers have said that coral reefs have the ability to come back from climate change damage but its takes added protection for that to happen and currently there is only 1% of the ocean protected by marine preserves. If we keep doing the things we are doing with our environment we will never again see the coral reef and its beauty.

Works Cited

Alling , Abigial . “Coral Reef Facts.” Coral Reef. Planetary Coral Reef Foundation, 2008. Web. 22 Oct 2010. <http://www.pcrf.org/reeffacts.html&gt;.