Plastic Pollution

On September 27, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

With a planet that is quickly eroding due to the horrific production practices put into place decades ago, the plastic industry needs to be held accountable and its devastation must be highlighted. In their new blog post, Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser take an in-depth look at the statistics of plastic. From the initial foundation […]

 

Council agrees to block new developments over water pollution fears – Portsmouth News

On September 25, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Executives on the Fareham Borough Council have recently enacted regulations that will include the inspection of water in council homes as well as protecting agricultural land to reduce fertilization measures. These new guidelines have been put in place after nitrate levels of begun to rise in The Solent, causing potentially dangerous conditions. Since the council […]

 

2 Soft Drinks a Day Can Increase Your Risk for Earlier Death – Healthline

On September 23, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Whether you’re hooked on traditional or diet soft drinks, consuming two or more of these drinks each day can increase the risk of death from several causes. The excess amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners can heighten the risk of Parkinson’s disease and digestive issues. Not only that, but regularly consuming soft drinks can lead […]

 

They’re the World’s Best Recyclers. Even They’re Confounded by the Scourge of Plastic

On September 21, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Recycling is one of those activities we should all be required to do by law, but as it stands, our planet might be past the point of no return with recycling. In her new blog post, Katherine Dunn discusses one woman’s journey of self-discovery surrounding glass bottle recycling and how her friends from Germany were […]

 

We must stop choking the ocean with plastic waste. Here’s how

On September 19, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Globally, humans have evolved into expecting the comfortable parts of our lives to be freely given without responsibility of learning how to conserve and recycle our resources properly. In his new blog post, Jim Fitterling highlights the known issue of plastic waste filling our oceans. He provides the statistics on how many pounds are produced, […]

 

We Depend On Plastic. Now, We’re Drowning in It.

On September 17, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Plastic was first invented during the 19th century, but production didn’t really take off until the 1950’s. Although new regional laws have encouraged the act of recycling, 6.3 billion tons have still never made it to recycling bins. This unfortunate reality means that between 5.3 million and 14 million tons of this plastic ends up […]

 

‘Like mopping up a flood’: throwing in the towel over beach plastic pollution | Maeve Shearlaw

On September 15, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Keeping our planet clean is becoming more and more difficult as we continue to pollute our environments with plastics and other trash. Because of how difficult it is to clean up beaches and other places, many volunteers who really care about the earth are quitting their volunteer activities. Companies are beginning to participate in programs […]

 

Are water shortages driving migration? Researchers dispel myths – Reuters

On September 13, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Right now there are several reports claiming that water scarcity is one of the largest contributors to international migration, but experts are claiming that this correlation is oversimplified. Although water scarcity may be a consideration for many who move from one area to another, individuals typically move due to other issues such conflict and lack […]

 

How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day? Experts Weigh In – Health.com

On September 11, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

We all know that we need water as a staple of life. However, how much water is really necessary to actually keep on living? Everyone’s need for minimum water intake is different. We are all people of different sizes , weights and metabolisms. It also depends not only on how much food you eat but […]

 

One reason some athletes may have bad teeth no matter how much they brush – MarketWatch

On September 9, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

One study shows that over half of elite athletes in the UK suffer from tooth decay, compared to one-third of the general adult population. Overall, the athletes practiced good dental hygiene and were less likely to smoke than non-athletes. However, the athletes were more likely to consume sugary beverages, especially sports drinks, along with nutrition […]