SO WHAT IF EARTH GETS A TINY BIT WARMER

May 27, 2017 @ 8:55 AM

The sky is still blue. Trees are still green. Wind still blows. Clouds are still white and fluffy. Rain still pours from the sky. Snow falls and it still gets really cold sometimes in some places. Earth is still beautiful.

So what is the problem? What is the fuss about climate change and global warming?

Well, after observing and making lots of measurements, using lots of satellites and special instruments, scientists see some alarming changes. These changes are happening fast—much faster than these kinds of changes have happened in Earth's long past. All these satellites, plus a lot more, are studying Earth and all the changes happening with the air, ocean, land, and ice.

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LITTER HURTS CRITTERS

May 23, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

Humans dispose of trillions of tons of garbage every year. The average person in a developed country produces about 2.6 pounds of garbage every single day.

Landfills take in most of this garbage, while a substantial amount of litter finds its way into the natural environment. Tens of thousands of cans and bottles are thrown out of moving vehicles everyday. An enormous amounts of waste is left behind on beaches, parks and river banks. One clean-up drive alone along a US coastline collected over 3.5 million tons of garbage. A two-mile highway stretch of West Virginia yielded over 30,000 items of litter.

Imagine if that litter was being tossed into your home. For wildlife, this is the disturbing and dangerous reality of litter.

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NATURAL ALTERNATIVES FOR BATH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS

May 15, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

Outer beauty is a reflection of our health. When healthy and well-nourished our skin glows, our hair is silky and our eyes are bright. Ironically, most “beauty” products are anything but healthy. Often laced with dozens of chemicals, conventional bath and beauty products are destructive to the planet's health as well as our own. Fortunately, simple and effective alternatives are waiting to be discovered in your kitchen cupboards. In fact, just three ingredients from your kitchen can make most of the products you use in your bathroom – oil, baking soda and vinegar. They are truly so healthy you can eat them. If you can't eat your bath and beauty products, you shouldn't be using them on your body.

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OIL AND GAS: A THREAT TO WORLD WILDLIFE

May 8, 2017 @ 7:57 AM

Of all the industries on Earth, the oil and gas industries are among the biggest and most destructive. The round-the-clock operations of the businesses, and the massive amounts of land they eat up and destroy, has a profound effect on the ecosystems and wildlife they displace. Wherever oil and gas can be easily found, land has already been exploited. The search is now focused on remote places, which means a direct invasion into virgin ecosystems and their inhabitants. New and unproven technologies are being used recklessly to extract hydrocarbons from deep within the Earth. The environmental consequences can be devastating.

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PREVENTING TICK BITES

May 5, 2017 @ 10:28 AM

As the weather warms up, the threat of tick bites increase. Spending time outdoors is good for the whole family. Don’t let bug bites ruin your fun.

Most tick bites are harmless, but some ticks carry diseases. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are just 2 of the serious diseases you can get from ticks.

The good news is that you can take easy steps to protect yourself and your family from tick bites. Take these steps to avoid bites from ticks:

  • Cut back brush and tall grasses around your home and rake up fallen leaves to keep ticks away.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks.
  • Use natural bug repellent (also called bug spray or insect repellent) on your skin and clothing.
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THE OTHER GREENHOUSE GASES

April 29, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

Just as too little greenhouse gas makes Earth too cold, too much greenhouse gas makes Earth too warm. Over the last century, humans have burned coal, oil, and gasoline in our cars, trucks, planes, trains, power plants, and factories. Burning such fossil fuels produces CO2 as a waste product. Putting so much new CO2 into the air has made Earth warmer. If we continue on our current path, we will cause even more warming.

CO2 is a big part of the carbon cycle. The carbon cycle traces carbon's path from the atmosphere, into living organisms, then turning into dead organic matter, going into the oceans, and back into the atmosphere. Scientists describe the cycle in terms of sources (parts of the cycle that add carbon to the ......

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CONTAINER AND COMPANION GARDENING

April 27, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

Growing your own food is just smart and a great way to not have to rely on the stores to have what you want. Just because you live in an apartment or don't have much land doesn't mean you can't grow your own food. There are plenty of vegetables that do great in containers, such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, spinach, beets, and of course many herbs.

Take into consideration how big the plant gets and plant accordingly into the right size pot. Make sure it has a drainage hole or two, and never let your veggies dry out. Over-watering can be just as dangerous. A good rule of thumb to avoid over-watering is to plunge a popsicle stick into the soil. If soil sticks to it, it doesn't need watered.

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TREAD LIGHTLY

April 24, 2017 @ 9:22 AM

Tread Lightly! was started by the United States Forest Service in 1985 as a public awareness program. In 1990, Tread Lightly! became a nonprofit organization. The Tread Lightly philosophy encourages off-highway enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through stewardship to further the goals of responsible and ethical recreation.

TREAD LIGHTLY

  • Travel on trails or other legal areas.
  • Keep your feet and wheels on open roads, trails or in legal riding areas.
  • When you step off trail, watch your step and don’t trample plants.
  • Remember riding up and down stream beds can damage soils, plants and animals in the water.
  • Use maps and signs to help you stay on the trail.
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MAKE LESS WASTE

April 21, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

All the garbage you throw away is destined to end up in a landfill. What’s more, most of the items constituting your garbage (metal, plastic, paper, and everything else) was probably created using environmentally harmful methods. When you produce less trash, you ease up your environmental impact. Consider doing the following:

  • Purchase reusable products, and avoid buying new ones. Take care of, and repair, the ones you currently own. Use glass containers instead of plastic. Stop using plastic bags and opt for reusable cloth. Don’t use disposable kitchenware; use reusable items. Store your food in reusable containers and avoid plastic wrap and aluminum foil as much as possible.
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RECYCLING BASICS

April 21, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment.

Benefits of Recycling

 - Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators

 - Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals

 - Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials

 - Saves energy

 - Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change

 - Helps sustain the environment for future generations

 - Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.

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