The Environmental Journal

Deadliest Element
October 15, 2010, 6:33 pm
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What is the most common element known to man but yet kills 42,000 people every week? 42,000 people every week are being killed from drinking unsafe water. We take water for granted; no one realizes that many people are dying every day just from drinking contaminated water.We think water will always be there for us but yet there are many people in the world who die from lack of water or contaminated water. I was looking through one of  the environmental blogs and I found 4 facts that probably many of us wouldn’t know.

  1. Every week, 42,000 people die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
  2. Students in developing countries lose443 million school days each year due to diseases associated with the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene. Repeated episodes of diarrhea and worm infestations diminish a child’s ability to learn and impair cognitive development.
  3. More people have access to cell phone than to toilets. As a result, tons of untreated human waste make their way to water sources causing a litany of diseases, and even death.
  4. The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled.

I was astonished by these statistics; I never knew that many people were dying just from contaminated water. It was more astonishing to found out that more people have access to cell phones than toilets. It goes to show that our society has turned more materialistic rather than be worried with our daily necessities. However, we can still help people from drinking contaminated water by just following these few steps. Just remember that clean water won’t always be on earth  unless we help sustain and protect the water from being contaminated. So always make sure to recycle your bottles waters and recycle anything that is recyclable.


Poo Power
October 8, 2010, 9:50 pm
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Have you ever wondered what human waste can do? Or how your own waste can help humans? Well a city in the UK produced gas from human waste. They used human waste to heat up their homes. According to an article on BBC news, up to 200 homes used biomethane (human waste) from the sewage that was flushed three weeks to heat up their homes. Human waste is a renewable source so unless humans suddenly extinct we will have an endless supply of human waste. Usually countries use coal to heat up homes and the process of producing coal or extracting coal harms the environment. Not only does the process of extracting coal destroys the land but it also contributes to global warming. Coal lets off carbon dioxide when it is in use and the carbon dioxide depletes our ozone layer therefore letting in more heat from the sun creating global warming. Human waste does not let out any carbon dioxide but it is more costly process. However, instead of using money for the war in the Middle East, the United States should invest into using biomethane and contribute to stopping Global Warming. The UK so far has been successful in this process and in 2011 plan to heat up 500 more homes in Manchester. It is amazing what human waste can really do.

Poo power Facts

  • The average person produces 30kg sewage (once dried) per year that could be used for producing gas.
  • The UK produces 1.73 million tonnes of sewage sludge every year, which could potentially be used to produce biogas.
  • Hypothetically, if all of the UK’s 9,600 sewage treatment facilities in the UK were fitted with this type of technology, they could provide enough renewable gas for up to 350,000 homes.

Source: Thames Water

One fifth of plants are at risk of extinction
October 1, 2010, 12:05 pm
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Have you ever noticed when you are around lots of plants and you take a deep breath, you feel the fresh air go into your nose and it feels good, that is because you are receiving fresh oxygen the plants are letting out. Then why would we want to destroy the one thing that helps us survive. Plants are essential to our survival, as you probably already know we as human beings need oxygen to survive and our main source of oxygen are from plants. Plants not only give us oxygen but they help clean the air because they take in carbon dioxide and that helps reduce smog. However, one fifth of the world’s plants are at risk of extinction. Now why would we want to kill off our main source of life? The Amazon forest in Brazil every year is decreasing more and more because of deforestation. The Amazon forest is said to be called the “lung” for the earth. We need to realize that at the rate we are going we will destroy most of the plants on this earth and have horrible air quality and cause more asthma attacks and also respiratory problems. How can you help you may ask? The easiest way a person can help is simply by reducing, reusing and recycling. Just by following those steps we can save many plants from being extinct.

Hottest Day Recorded In LA
October 1, 2010, 11:43 am
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On Monday September 27th, 2010 I woke up and decided to wear some basketball shorts and a regular t-shirt. As I am walking to class I am already sweating, I had barely walked about one block and I can feel my back sweating like if I had just finished basketball practice. Monday September 27th 2010 was said to be the hottest day recorded in Los Angeles at 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless you are from Arizona or the Mojave Desert, a person from Los Angeles has never experienced a heat wave like this. One of the important things to know about a heat wave is that it can be hazardous to the people with respiratory problems. I was reading a blog post posted by saying that the” hot, humid air turns the emissions from cars and coal fired power plants into ground level ozone, or otherwise known as smog.” Smog is what causes us to have a sore throat throughout the day or even worse an asthma attack. Air quality has gotten worse throughout the years. This graph can show you how the air quality has risen the past couple years.

Air quality the past couple years

Can we really not live without cars? One way we can easily reduce this problem is simply just by biking to places that are not far away. For example, I have family members whose grocery store is one block down but they still use their car to get there. Is it really necessary to use a car to go everywhere?

We as a society first need to realize the problem and then try to fix the problem. I am trying to help people realize the problem of smog, now it’s just time for us to fix the problem.

Baby Snow Leopard Filmed
September 25, 2010, 1:15 am
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This is my first post as a blogger and I don’t want to scare anyone on how global warming is going to destroy the human race. So I decided to have my first post about a baby snow leopard being filmed in the mountains of Bhutan. Snow Leopards are one the rarest animals to ever catch on film. You would have to consider yourself lucky to have a snow leopard in your presence or better yet a baby snow leopard. Now you may be asking isn’t this blog supposed to be about the environment and global warming and yes it is. I just wanted to warm everyone up and start on a good note and show how cute and adorable the baby snow leopard is. Continue reading to learn about the current issues in our environment..