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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Madalyn Thomas, March 3, 2014

I truly think that healthy people are more likely to care about the environment. I think that many people in the world do not have the resources to be health and tale care of the environment, but i also think that a lot of people do not know that every little thing in the environment that you can do will help, and that you do not have to have a lot of money to make a difference. I do think that if our country did not have so many fast food places everyone would be more heathy and not down and heavy feeling all the time. The bottom is that heathy people are more likely to care more about the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

I believe that in many ways the environment in which a human lives in does play a significant role in his or her health. People who live in less fortunate areas of the world do no have the resources that someone who lives in a urban community. Being less fortunate means you will have to find cheap easy ways to stay healthy. However living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come cheap and not everyone has the money to follow the life of living healthy. Another fact is all the temptations that a person in the city might have rather than a person in a rural community. There aren’t McDonalds around every corner in Rural communities so they do not have to fight the temptation and urge.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Maddi Ownbey, Feb. 28, 2014

The environment does affect human health. If you think about it, if there is too much pollution in the air, don’t you think it would affect the way you breathe? Of coarse it would! We use gas in our cars everyday that pollutes the air. If your drinking water is polluted, will you still drink it? I know I wouldn’t. The chemicals from some power plants have been known to cause cancer. Even the radiation put out by your cell phone has been known to cause different cancers. There is definitely a big relationship between our health and the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Cheyenne S-US, Feb. 28, 2014

Health is being promoted more and more everyday. Being healthy is not just exercising and eating healthy, but also feeling better physically and mentally. Eating healthy is not only beneficial to yourself but also the environment. Eating more organically makes for a lower carbon footprint. Another point of how being healthy ties into the environment is how much better you feel. When you are healthy you have more motivation to take the extra step to help out. For example, walking down the road and seeing a empty soda can on the side of the road is most likely not going to be picked up by a lazy person. If everyone could go the extra mile and try to help out themselves and others our planet would be a more efficient place.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Lauren D-US, Feb. 27, 2014

I believe that human health and the environment are related. Obviously, if we have sewage run off in our drinking water, it is going to effect us. If we start to grow our own food and have gardens then I think we can cut down on less processed foods. Processed foods have been proven to be a little bit harmful to human health. Over time, it has a huge impact. I definitely believe everything that happens in the environment affects us and whatever we do affects the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Rebecca P, Feb. 27, 2014

I believe that our health and the environment are definitely related to each other. For instance, if we eat more vegetables, fruits, and things that don’t have to be processed and made into other things in factories, then we will be more healthy and there will be less factories and such. When there are less factories the environment will be better off because the air isn’t being polluted as much, plus there would be more room to grow fruits and vegetables.
In other aspects if we are healthier and we feel better then we are more likely to go out and exercise rather than being inside. While we are outside we might pick up trash and things which will keep the environment in a better state.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Mary M, Feb. 26, 2014

In such a technological and polluted world our health really be defined by the environment in which we live. If someone lives in a low class area, they are most likely in a place where waste is not properly disposed of and sanitation and clean food in water is easily accessible. As a result, their health will falter. Diseases, such as tapeworm and E. coli, are easily transmitted through polluted water and undercooked or rotten food. Although this person cannot help their situation their environment determines their health. In contrast, a person who lives in a wealthier town and has access to clean food and water is apt to be healthier because their risk of disease is lower. Another reason why those who live in better environments are at a greater chance of being healthy is because they have more access and a greater understanding of exercise. They are more likely to have access to safe trails and sidewalks and have more time to be active, whereas someone in an unsafe neighborhood who needs to work to help their family, would not have this amenity.

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Discussions Discussion Climate Change Effects on the Ocean
Jarod Markus-Brooks, Oct. 23, 2013

I was surprised to hear that the ocean was acidifying. I had heard previously that it absorbed upwards of 30% of our CO2 emissions daily, but I had no idea that it was killing the things living inside of it.
Ocean acidification is perhaps the largest threat that CO2 emissions have against the world. While it may not seem like a big deal, what has to be noted is that calcifiers are dying due to the carbonic acid bonding with the calcium to create calcium carbonate. Calcifiers include things like oysters and mussels, but more importantly they include coral. Over 25% of all aquatic lifeforms spent all of or a large part of their lives in or around a coral reef, and most things that don’t, feed off of things that do.
While the die out of aquatic life wouldn’t end the world, it would end the world as we know it. Fishing is one of the worlds largest industries, and our already desperate world hunger problems would be greatened a massive amount if this were to happen.
Climate change may sound bad, but the real killer here is Oceanic acidification.

Jarod Markus-Brooks
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  • Aina Milovanovic Aina Milovanovic Oct. 23, 2013
    I totally agree with you! The ocean acidification is a major threat to our climate today, probably even more than we are aware of. I red an article about the ocean acidification where scientists compared seawater from non pouted areas to seawater from areas with higher concentration of CO2, and the results they got were scary. The scientists that explored the water outside Castello Aragnese had a hard time finding plants and animals that were not affected by the CO2 emission in the ocean, the limpets shells were so thin that they were almost transparent, and the organisms that usually covers the blades on sea grass were all missing. I still think the worst part is the one affecting the coral reefs. These reefs are homes for thousands of organisms, and if they disappear, so will the plants and animals that live there. This will as you mention affect the whole ecosystem, and create a world on the edge.

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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Isabella J-USA, Oct. 11, 2013

Hello my name is Isabella, I am a 11th grader in America. I wanted to bring attention to something that I have seen for a long time, the problems with our oceans, impartial the plastic in our oceans. For the last few decades, plastic has become a crucial part of our daily lives. Think about it, how many times do we rely on plastic a day? We use plastic water bottles(reusable or not), in our lunch containers, snack bags, shoes, pens, phones, trash cans, hair ties, grocery bags, ect, and as much as we continue to try to reuse, reduce, and recycle, much of this plastic still ends up on the ground, in invigorators, land fills, and a large portion of it ends up in the ocean.
A phrase I have heard, used to describe the amount of plastic in the ocean, is Plastic Ocean. To me this is a very large problem, because these plastics can be detrimental to our ecosystems. According to http://www.plasticoceans.net/ , a web site about the plastic ocean, the world uses 500 billion plastic bags a year (which have a working life or approximately 15 minutes), that is approximately 1 million bags a minute. These plastics are not only causing toxins to enter the ocean, but they are also one of the leading ways invasive species are transported. Furthermore, they result in entanglement, which can harm an animal and or even lead to its death. Lastly, these plastics (especially plastic bags) can be mistaken for food, which can lead to digestion and chemical problems.
Last year, I was lucky enough to get to go to Costa Rica on a science trip; while I was there I had the opportunity to study the leather back turtles as they came ashore to lay their eggs. In learning about them, I also learned that these animals often mistake plastic bags that are floating in the ocean as jellyfish, which is what they eat. This knowledge along with watching a documentary about the Plastic Ocean a while ago, has lead me to realize what a huge issue it is. So I encourage everyone to do two simple things; 1. Keep reducing, reusing, and recycling, and 2. Pick up any trash that you find on the ground. Hopefully if enough people around the world do these things, we can begin to keep plastic out of our oceans and other ecosystems.

Isabella J-USA
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Discussions Discussion Climate Change Effects on the Ocean
Ximing X-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

The ocean is threatened by sea-level rise, acidification and changes in weather and water temperature. These factors could harm the variegated species in the ocean as well as human business such as shipping, fishing and etc. Oceans play an important role in regulating the temperature and carbon. Since the industrial revolution, humans have added 35% carbon to the atmosphere and 30% acidity to the ocean. As the temperature of atmosphere increases, the temperature of water also rises. And the ocean is also acidified by large amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxides also add to the global warming effect. The rise of temperature and ocean acidification could seriously influence the species. Change of PH and temperature in water may affect species negatively and even eliminate some species. Weather change, such as an unexpected storm happening in the ocean could disturb the migrating journey of migratory species. The rise of sea level can damage infrastructure and inundate habitats. The central solution to the climate change is to reduce greenhouse gas emission. To do this, all the people in the world will have to pay attention to everyday habits and eliminate carbon footprint as much as possible. If the public does nothing, the temperature will rise uncontrollably and bring dramatic effect to the ocean and the earth. Our present goal is to change the ocean and atmosphere to the balanced state by bring carbon back to ground. In my opinion, as we reduce the amount of our carbon footprint, we should also grow more plants to convert more carbon dioxide into oxygen. However, due to the rapidly increasing population, forests have been turned into farm. With insufficient trees to grasp and preserve soil, desertification will more likely to occur. In conclusion, we ought to implement any method to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide.

http://www.oceanfdn.org/newsroom/oceans-and-climate-change
Ximing X-USA
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