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Plastic Ocean

Plastic Ocean

Article by Leticia Colon de Mejias Photo Algalita Marine Research “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, features three million tons of plastic debris floating in a swirling mass of trash that has grown to be larger than the state of Texas.  Humans toss another 2.5 million pieces of plastic into our oceans hourly. The United Nations Environmental Program reports an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic debris floats on or near the surface of every square mile of ocean. Plastic, Fish and Plankton In parts of our oceans, there is more plastic than plankton.  Over time with consistent exposure to the sun and water, the plastic breaks down from big pieces into lots of little pieces.  Fish, birds, and sea life mistake the plastic for food and ingest the small pieces of plastic. For billions of years it was safe for fish and animals to eat objects floating in the water, this is because anything in the ocean was organic matter. Today sea animals are dying because they are eating plastic instead of organic matter. Although we don’t often think about plankton, these little guys play a big role in the planet’s eco-system. They are food for many animals such as fish and whales. In areas of the ocean where there are large amounts of plastic, the amount of plankton has decrease to alarming levels.  It is important to understand that the plankton in our oceans removes 50% of the carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere, and creates 50% of the oxygen...

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Green Eco Warriors Recycling Activity

Green Eco Warriors Recycling Activity

Become a part of changing your world. Make small changes in how you care for your planet. Learn more about how you can get involved. Read about climate change, global warming, and pollution’s effect on our drinking water, rivers, streams, and oceans. Why Recycle? By recycling, you will be protecting the environment, protecting your health and the health of the people you love. Fast Facts on Recycling: Reduces the amount of waste that must be disposed – which means less waste to incinerate (burn) which creates air pollution and greenhouse gases, or dumped in a landfill which can lead to groundwater pollution. Conserves water and precious natural resources – since less natural resources need to be extracted from the earth and processed. Saves energy – In 2003, EPA reported the energy savings from recycling in the US accounted for roughly 1,486 trillion Btu in energy savings – an amount equivalent to the consumption of 11.9 billion gallons of gasoline or 256 million barrels of crude oil. By using less natural resources and using less energy we reduce greenhouse gas emissions. How to start recycling Recycling is easy and important! Learn what to recycle in your area by reviewing the list of recyclable items. Think about it, could the items you are throwing in the trash be recycled? Collect the items that are recyclable inside a paper bag or recycling bin .You can leave the items curbside with your trash for pick up on trash day. If your city or town...

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration Has a Kids Page

The U.S. Energy Information Administration Has a Kids Page

Want to learn about energy in a fun way? Join the energy ant to learn about energy facts, fun & games, energy history, and classroom activities (K-12.)...

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Recycling at home with Green Eco Warriors

Recycling at home with Green Eco Warriors

Watch an educational video about what you can recycle at home.

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Green Eco Warriors Unite

Green Eco Warriors Unite

This video was part of a national award winning student project.

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Mountain Top Removal

Mountain Top Removal

Chapter one of the Award-winning film Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. learn more at...

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Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Did you know that nearly half of the electricity generated in the United States comes from the burning of coal? The use of fossil fuels like coal to create electricity contributes to pollution and asthma rates, as well as global warming. Non Renewable Energy Coal  Coal is collected mostly through a process called strip mining. This process is also known as mountain top removal. Explosives are used to blow up mountains and then the coal is processed, leaving behind slurry waste sites which contaminate ground water. The coal is then burned in a power plant. The exhaust from the burning leads to air pollution, acid rain and increased asthma rates. Natural Gas Natural gas is extracted through a process called fracking. Deep wells are drilled then water and hazardous chemicals are pumped into the ground to bring up the gas. The toxic waste has been known to seep into groundwater supplies. The gas is then burned to heat water for steam. Natural gas is a fossil fuel. Approximately 20% of the nation’s electricity is fueled by natural gas. Petroleum Petroleum is used to make steam to turn a turbine. Petroleum also generates about 2% of all electricity in U.S. It is also used to create gasoline which runs cars and trucks. The combustion of gas and other petroleum products leads to the release of carbon monoxide (CO), greenhouse gasses and other air pollutants. Nuclear Power Nuclear power uses a method called nuclear fision which creates steam by heating water. In a nuclear power plant, a reactor contains a core of nuclear fuel known as uranium. When atoms of uranium fuel are hit by neutrons they split, releasing heat. The heat is used to...

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