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Top Enviro Stuff

Top Steps to Greening your School

  1. Start a Recycling Program
  2. Have a Lights Out Day
  3. Start a School Garden
  4. School Your Class on E-Waste Disposal
  5. Green Your Prom or School Dance

Top Facts about Wildfires

11 Facts About Wildfires

  1. A wildfire, also known as a forest fire or peat fire, is an uncontrolled fire often occurring in wildareas, but which can also destroy houses or agricultural resources.
  2. When dealing with different kinds of wildfire, firefighters refer to them as types of fires: surface fires, dependent crown fires, running crown fires, spot fires and ground fires.
  3. Running crown fires are a firefighter’s worst nightmare because they burn extremely hot, travel rapidly and can change direction quickly. 
  4. The most dangerous aspect of running crown fires are the convection currents which produce massive firestorms and tornadoes that can send embers well ahead of the main fire front, causing spot fires that in turn can start new fires in another direction.

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Top Facts about Water

11 Facts About Our Water

     Water is our most essential natural resource but the world is now facing a crisis as fewer people have access to safe drinking water and our natural reservoirs are being depleted at alarming rates.

    1. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population – or 5.3 billion people – will suffer from water shortages.
    2. Right now, 1.1 billion people – or one in six people worldwide – do not have access to clean water.
    3. Every year, 1.8 million children die from waterborne diseases; that is one every 15 seconds. Water-related diseases caused by contaminated water and inadequate sanitation are responsible for 80% of all illness in the developing world. 
    4. Seasonal runoff from glaciers provides drinking water for one-sixth of the world’s population. But with global warming expected to permanently melt one-fourth
    5. The agriculture industry is the largest user of water in the world today. It accounts for 70% of all fresh water used every year, and consumption of water by farms will only increase to feed a growing population: 2.7 billion people by 2050.
    6. 1,374 square miles of land turns to desert every year, an environmental crisis that affects 200 million people and threatens the lives of many more. Global desertification threatens one-fifth of the world’s population and one-third of the Earth’s land surface (15 million square miles)
    7. Half of the world’s 500 major rivers are seriously depleted or polluted by industrial, agricultural, and human waste.
    8. Four quarts of oil discarded during an average oil change in a car can contaminate up to 1 million gallons of water.
    9. Even the water in the US is not as clean as we think. Residue from antidepressants, birth control pills and antibiotics are found in 80% of US waterways and groundwater, according to the EPA.
    10. Worldwide, two million tons of human, industrial, and agricultural wastes are discharged into rivers and lakes every day. On average, no more than one-third of the waste water in developing countries is treated before being discharged into rivers, streams, and lakes, while one quart of untreated waste water pollutes eight quarts of fresh water.
    11. Many water sources have become so polluted and over-fished that one in every five of the world’s freshwater species have become extinct, threatened, or endangered in recent decades.

    Source: http://www.dosomething.org/

      Top Facts about Sustainable Agriculture

      11 Facts about Sustainable Agriculture

      1. In the U.S., approximately 40% of all chemical fertilizers used eventually break down into ammonia and are released into the atmosphere.
      2. As a result of fertilizer runoff in the agricultural upper regions of the Mississippi River, the average size of the dead zone (where the oxygen levels are too low to support life) in the Gulf of Mexico was over 8,000 square miles in the summer of 2007. That’s roughly the size of New Jersey.
      3. Agricultural activities were responsible for 6% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, where the livestock are major contributors. 
      4. Animal agricultural operations produce 73% of all ammonia air pollution in the US.
      5. Lower meat consumption is an effective environmental choice because of the land and water use and pollution of the meat industry.
      6. Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1,500 miles before being sold.
      7. Despite tenfold increase in insecticide use since 1945, crop losses due to insect damage have nearly doubled.
      8. On unsustainable factory farms, thousands of animals excrete tons of waste every week. Millions of gallons of this untreated waste are often held in open-air lagoons where they pollute the surrounding air, land, and water.
      9. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hog, chicken, and cattle waste polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states during the 1990s.

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      Latest Earth Fact

      370 – 300 million years ago great swamps, forests and ferns and early conifers start to store carbon – the origin of our coal. This is the Carboniferous period.

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