You all have probably heard that carbon is released from cars, but have you ever wondered just how much is released? It may be more than you expect. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 8,887 grams of carbon dioxide are released from just one gallon of gasoline. It takes on average about 16 gallons to fill up one car’s tank. This is a lot of carbon dioxide that is being released into the atmosphere. Luckily there are ways to reduce the carbon dioxide in the air. One of these ways is gasoline made from carbon dioxide. Researchers at the University of California San Diego (USCD) recently showed that, “light absorbed and converted into electricity by a silicon electrode can help drive a reaction that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen (www.technologyreview.com).” Carbon monoxide is a key ingredient in making synthetic fuels such as gasoline. With this process, using carbon dioxide to produce carbon monoxide, the carbon in the atmosphere will be able to be recycled. Thankfully, this is part of a movement to find logical ways to use carbon dioxide, a huge greenhouse gas contributor. Sadly, this type of gasoline probably won’t be on the market for at least the next ten years.
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Hi all! Recently I watched a short film that really opened my eyes about the world’s waste and how the accumulation of “stuff” is detrimental to our environment.
This great clip clearly explains how detrimental all the “stuff” that the world produces is for our environment. The United States natural resources are on a slippery slope….Over the decade we have. Our forests are 4% of what they used to be, only 40% of the US’s waterways are drinkable, 75% of global fisheries are fished at or over capacity, and 80% of the planet’s original forests are gone. By eroding people’s natural resources, they have no choice but to move to urban cities. The next step in the product chain is production. Through production, we use energy to mix toxic chemicals with natural resources to make toxic contaminated products. Only a handful of these chemicals used have been tested for health impacts. Brominated flame retardants are toxins used to make products flame-proof, however they are a neurotoxin. The goal of large businesses are to keep the price of their products down and keep people buying. These companies create externalized costs, so that their products are cheaper to consumers. The trash aspect of this chain comes next… These products are made to be thrown away. By using these cheap resources, these products are likely to break down. This is ideal for the companies because consumers are forced to buy more. I found it interesting pattern of creating products to make people buy more. For example, the fashion world creates trends so that consumers are likely to buy from their stores. If one person is not within the trendy norm, their peers pressure them to change. therefore, there is always a pressure to buy new items, whether it be because they degrade or because they run out of style. I am surprised of finding this motif even with electronics. In computers, the new models only have one new thing in them for the updated version, a chip, but it is in a different shape so one must chuck the item and buy a new one. Personally I can see this with today’s Apple products. Each product is so similar, with only minor changes, yet whenever a new model comes out, consumers feel as if they must buy what is “in style’. This contributes the massive amount of electronic waste. Perceived obsolence is the acting of throwing away something that is completely useful.
I know personally that I purchase items that go straight to the trash bin after only a few uses. It is an overarching issue in society today, which is such a detriment for our environment. Through my personal experience I have come to learn that the best way for us to cut down on trash is to simply not give into these gigantic corporations who hoard revenue for themselves. I believe that we should all take steps to start buying local goods, goods from fair trade, and products that are reusable. I recommend this film to anybody interested in taking initiative to a better environment. As a member of the Sustainability Committee at our school, I hope to encourage my fellow peers to take a step towards going green.
Hi im cole and I live in the US. I agree with Evan that the US does pollute and destroy the earth a lot(even though they have acts and laws that they have been put in place to protect and save our earth) and that each person can use less harmful materials. I believe that each and every person should do something or change something in their life so that the Earth benefits from it. the only thing is that we humans are always looking for a better quality life, and in that search we tend to overuse and abuse our finite environment. So its up to us to figure out the balance between human health(quality of life) and the environment.
Hello everyone! I am Evan and I am from the United States. I feel like out of all the nations, America produces the most pollution and destroys the environment the most. I think we all can produce less pollution by using less energy consuming products and switch to more energy efficient resources. If we do this we can greatly affect the environment we live in and make a greener planet.
Hi everyone, I’m Jocelyn. I lived it Taipei, Taiwan. I’m studying at Dominican International School. In Taiwan, we have a law that you cannot simply throw the chemical waste into the river or sea, which will pollute the water, and also effect the environment, or you will need to pay some money for that. Also, people in Taiwan support recycle very well, we usually separate the trash into three main category: paper, aluminum can and glass, plastics, and others, and that’s a good thing that the people from the other country should do it too. But, there is another thing that I think the government should change, and stringent the laws. Taiwanese really love dogs, almost every family they had a dog, but, many people are not responsible for their dog’s faeces, whenever their dogs wanted to “go to the toilet”, they’ll just bring them to the street and let them “do it” there without cleaning up, that makes the environment become stinky.
Everyone is responsible for protecting the environment. We can choose to live in a healthy and comfortable environment, if we want to. Just do it!!! What are you waiting for? Take action now!
Hi, I’m Eve, and come to speak of the environment, this is an issue that concerns many people, especially ongs and organizations, such as Greenpeace, Green Action, Edane, etc. struggling to improve our planet, fight:
+ against deforestation
+ to prevent the extinction of many species, both animals and plants.
And although such organizations exist, we can all put something of interest for our environment, and help keep it with small gestures, such as recycling paper, glass, organic products .. We can also use different light bulbs, consuming organic products, indigenous and seasonal, and multiple ideas more.
What savemos of our planet, based on the environment, there is still more than a small part given the atrocities committed incuviertamente, a clear example is this video, this is not just a music video, and was prohibited Published by the images it contained and displayed to the public, completely real.
please someone can answer me? telling his opinion on the environment? thank you very much.
During ww2 when the petrol was rationed the health of Swedish citizens increased. Because they couldn’t use their cars they had to walk or go by bike instead, and that really increased the health of Swedish citizens. I am not saying that we should ration petrol again but we should think of that if we go back to basics (more natural exercise, ecological food etc.) it doesn’t just help the environment but our bodies as well. In a time were people die from being too fat we should really think about these easy steps to be healthier. An idea could be that instead of giving children a public transportation card or have school busses they could be given bikes to go to school with together.
Hi again! I am a high school cross country cross country runner and I run anywhere from 4-12 miles a day. I’ve found that I prefer running on trails and in parks to cities and sidewalks. For a while I thought that it was the softer impact and the more peaceful environment, but the other day I was running down a fairly busy street, I realized how my breathing was heavier than usual. Running around towns is significantly more harder on my lungs than running in parks. The emissions from cars, stores, gas stations, etc really do effect me in a negative way-no wonder I prefer the trails!
This leads me the interesting problem I wanted to point out: as “smog centers” expand and air pollution increases around the world, runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts are at a greater risk being exposed to air pollution. It is unfortunate, an frankly unfair dilemma to put at risk those who are working their bodies, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and strengthening bones, muscles, joints. Have we done so much damage to our environment that healthy habits have become unsafe?
So I’d love to visit here to explore the beautiful coral reefs depicted, but that doesn’t look very possible.
I wish that Indonesia’s government would try to help with the growing number of illegal fishermen who use explosives and cyanide to kill and stun their prey. Do the fishermen even realize what they are doing to the underwater landscape? Do they realize howthey are affecting so many more organisms than just their prey and coral?
Action clearly needs to be taken against these fishermen and their crimes that are changing a once-beautiful travel stop.