HUMANITIES PLASTIC ADDITION: SAVING OUR OCEAN

September 29, 2016 @ 1:29 PM

By Joe Thomas

Plastic is having a devastating effect on our oceans, our wildlife and ultimately on us as a human species.

The introduction of plastic in the 20th century has led us to become increasingly reliant on its use and now a large percentage of almost everything we buy contains plastic. However, while we are happy to use it we are less adept at recycling it, and the sad fact is that less than 10% of the plastic we produce gets recycled. Of the rest, 50% makes its way into landfill and the remainder is unaccounted for, more often than not getting washed out to sea where it inflicts a substantial toll.

While the top five countries, which contribute the most to plastic ending up in the oceans, are China, Indonesia, the .........

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GET OUT AND WALK

September 23, 2016 @ 8:32 AM

Many people enjoy walking as a recreation, and it is one of the best forms of exercise. One of the many benefits of walking is the time spent enjoying nature. Spending time outside is important for the body, mind and soul. Get outside and enjoy nearby parks, green spaces, nature preserves and communities...all while improving your health.

Regular, brisk exercise of any kind can improve confidence, stamina, energy, weight control, life expectancy and reduce stress. It can also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis. Scientific studies have also shown that walking, besides its physical benefits, is also beneficial for the mind, improving memory skills, learning ability.........

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THE STORY OF FOSSIL FUELS

September 8, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Coal: An Ancient Find

Around 4,000 years ago, someone in northern China came across an odd black rock. It was one of many. Then this person discovered something. Somehow this person discovered that the rock could burn.

Life was harder back then. Keeping warm and getting food were big worries. With no electricity or gas for heating or cooking, everyone burned wood. The strange rock that burned like a log must have been very exciting back then.

This rock was coal. Archeologists think this was the first time a human used a fossil fuel.

For many years, only a few places with easy access to coal used it. Outside China, one such place was Britain. It was hard to miss there. People could go to the beach and pick up lumps of ......

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RECYCLE THIS

September 2, 2016 @ 9:06 AM

If you throw a plastic bottle in the trash today, that bottle will sit in a landfill—or worse, float in the ocean—for thousands of years. No one knows what Earth—or humans—will be like in thousands of years. But that plastic bottle will still be a plastic bottle!

So why do Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour? And why do they throw most of them in the trash? They can be recycled!

Here are some other “trash” items that can be recycled:

PAPER

Making a ton of new paper from recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and uses 50 percent less water than does creating new paper from trees.

ALUMINUM

If we recycled all our aluminum cans for one year, we could save enough energy to ......

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