Monthly Archives: September 2017

“Mathematics predicts a Sixth Mass Extinction”

This article is about a discovery scientists have made while studying the carbon cycle and the 5 mass extinction events. They found that if a certain threshold is exceeded than that will lead to a very unstable environment. It goes … Continue reading

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Glacial Melting and ‘Watermelon Snow”

According to recent measurements taken on Alaska’s Harding Icefield, an algae species is responsible for about a sixth of the snow melting in algae tinged areas. A microbe called Chlamydomonas nivalis grows on glaciers and causes their snow to turn a … Continue reading

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The New Economy of Excrement

As humans, we are constantly relieving ourselves of waste. Now take every person in a region and think of the amount of faecal matter that is produced. Most of us know that our waste is flushed down the toilet and … Continue reading

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Air Pollution is Bad for Kidneys

A recent study relayed in an article on Futurity has found that air pollution can be a cause of kidney disease. Researchers compiled data based on new cases of kidney disease and found that nearly 45,000 cases, plus 2,500 instances … Continue reading

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In the News: Plastic Pollution in our oceans

In this article titled “People’s love of the seas could be the key for plastic pollution” published by the Science Daily goes on to explore how we humans, can reduce the amount of plastic pollutants that end up in our oceans. … Continue reading

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The Potential for Water Reuse in Oil Production

Fracking has created an opportunity to harvest oil from areas that may have been partially depleted. However, there are some downsides to this technology. Fracking requires a very large amount of water to be used up front, and previously the … Continue reading

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In the News: Penn State Student’s CDC Internship

This past summer, Penn State environmental resource management student Aaron Blakney spent his summer interning for a CDC campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Aaron was 1 of 10 people chosen to intern with them from the 300 applicants. He spent his … Continue reading

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In the News: The Sweeping Effects of Wildfires on Reservoirs

In the news people witness how wildfires in the west can blaze across terrain, destroying ecosystems, burning homes, tarnishing communities, and keeping firefighters busy at work. All of these effects are evident just by a simple glance, but what many … Continue reading

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The Real Unknown

In The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior author Justin Gillis of the New York Times talks about how climate change has unknown factors.  Gillis takes us through a number of conversations about how we need to really start focusing … Continue reading

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Better Labels = Less Food Waste

Globally, food waste contributes 8% of greenhouse gases every year. About 1 billion tons of food is wasted, costing $940 billion. 75% of this food waste is created on farms or during transportation, yet the other 25% happens on a … Continue reading

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