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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
sydney nUSA, Oct. 10, 2013

I strongly believe that plastic bags should be banned in some states. San Francisco has banned plastic bags in the grocery stores, and I hope that other states will follow. This will help with all the plastic bags being littered on the floor. When plastic bags are littered, it can greatly harm the environment. Plastic bags do not decay, and it takes thousands of years for a small plastic bag to break down into a small particles. If they scattered on the ground, there is a big chance that it will be found in the waterways. Plastic bags no more!

sydney nUSA

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Kiana Frias, March 18, 2013

Hi Im Kiana from JMMA in Florida. Wanna know all the footprints I leave behind? They come from my farts. They emit more pollution to our atmosphere then all the vehicles in the world combined. Pretty powerful stuff I got here.

Kiana Frias
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  • Isiah Smith Isiah Smith March 20, 2013
    Eat less beans
  • May 15, 2013
    very much ewwwww from you.
  • adrian a-usa adrian a-usa Oct. 3, 2013
    fart next to a plant or put a indoor plant at least next to your window
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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Marissa B-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

Plastic. Plastic is one of the most used materials in our world. We use it for everything from cell phones to toothbrushes. Over 2.7 million tons of plastic are used just for water bottles each year! This is an enormous amount of a material that is unhealthy for our environment.

Plastic is such a great material to use, but is a huge danger to our enviroment. Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. The first reason why plastic is bad is because it is mostly made of crude oil. This crude oil aids in making plastic non-biodegradable, which means it can not be destroyed easily. One piece of plastic can take over 400 years to degrade. This means one of the only ways to get rid of plastic is to bury it somewhere in a landfill. These landfills use up valuable space and hurt our environment.

Another reason why plastic is bad is because it has chemicals that humans can absorb and inhale. Researchers have concluded that many types of plastic release chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, Vinyl Chloride,Dioxin ,and Styrene. All of these chemicals can produce life threatening diseases such as breast cancer. These chemicals really affect the environment and the lives of the human race.

The final reason plastic is bad is because it doesn’t just hurt humans, it hurts our wildlife. Over 100,000 marine animals are killed each year due to plastic posioning. This material is killing our species and is harming our oceans.

We need to find a new “green” resource that does not harm our environment like plastic does.

Marissa B-USA
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  • Jana H-USA Jana H-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    Wow plastic is more harmful than I thought!
    I have found that researchers have developed biodegradable substitutes for plastics and other materials contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Take a look at it:


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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Ana B-USA, Nov. 11, 2012

I believe that we need to cut down on the amount of plastic that is wasted or disposed of as well as the amount of energy used to create it, not the usage of plastic products itself. Plastic is a very valuable product. It helps us in more ways than we can possibly ever count. The environmental damage created by plastic water bottles is mainly caused by its disposal. Plastic is resistant to decomposition and can harm animals and plants living in the environment. This can be easily avoided, however. Plastic can be easily recycled, and can be reprocessed into materials and products that are more biodegradable. A lot of plastic is wasted every day. If we can find a way to utilize this amount of wasted plastic to our advantage, I believe that we can make plastic less of a threat to the environment than it is now.

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  • Ernie Hsieh Ernie Hsieh Nov. 12, 2012
    Hi Ana, thanks for the information below, and I agree to what you've mentioned about to utilize recycled plastic. And it is true that plastic pollution is done by disposal, but also think in this dimension, if plastic come from factories, then obviously it produces other forms of pollution such as air and water. So the pollution is not only caused by disposal, but also multitasked in other ways.

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Discussions Discussion Clean development
william lu, Nov. 6, 2012

HI, I’m William Lu now I’m studying at DIS. I’m going to talk about how to reduce air pollution. Air pollution come from the car, motorcycle, airplane, some ship, some factories, etc. And by reducing traveling by car or motorcycle we can reduce air pollution. If we want to travel from place to place we could walk, ride bicycle, ride bus, drive electrical car, drive electrical motorcycle, or subway. it can produce no or less air pollution. Stop buying too much thing would also help reducing producing air pollution, because it if you buying less thing it will let the factory to work less and the air pollution will be less too. When you use the air conditioner from the car too much you are using the gas more then without air conditioner. Planting trees can help filter out those polluted air,and plants will give off oxygen that we need. Travel less to other country will help reduce air pollution, because car, airplane, and ship will cause large number of air pollution.

william lu

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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Maddie D, May 9, 2012

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.

Maddie D

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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Jessie Rhodes, April 13, 2012

Great Barrier Reef ‘not so great’:

“So the question is: why has coral cover continued to decline when the Great Barrier Reaf is being managed with a management regime often recognised as ‘the best managed coral reef system in the world’, based on a strong science-for-management ethic?”

In a nut shell, the stressors which are known to be most responsible for the loss of coral cover and general ‘reef health’ were terrestrial pollution including the link to outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish, fishing impacts and climate change.

And effective action on climate change has yet to begin either nationally or globally.

Jessie Rhodes

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Discussions Discussion DeSmogBlog
Hillary Campbell, April 5, 2012

Young Americans Sue Government to Stop Global Warming, Polluter Interests Granted Intervention To Defend:

Last May, a group of young Americans, fed up with government inaction on climate change, decided to sue to protect their future. The group, led by 16-year old Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs. Global Warming and the iMatter campaign, filed legal actions against the federal government and 49 states, seeking to force the states and federal government to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to levels deemed necessary by the best available science.

Full story here: http://www.desmogblog.com/young-americans-sue-government-stop-global-warming-polluter-interests-granted-intervention-defend

And here’s a video about young Alec Loorz’s path to plaintiff-dom.

Hillary Campbell
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  • Tony Trevari Tony Trevari April 6, 2012
    Alec Loorz rocks…watch this video!
  • Christie James Christie James April 6, 2012
    Alec Loorz has become a man, before his time. This is very inspiring!

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Wendy Bachman, Dec. 30, 2011

The links between pollution, climate change, extreme weather and health may seem a little complicated to explain as part of daily weather reports, but they are actually pretty straightforward: More heat-trapping pollution in the air means more heat waves; more heat waves means more smog, which means more asthma attacks; and warmer air holds more water, which means more intense storms and droughts.

Interesting opinion on why TV weather reporters should play a more active role in educating us about climate change’s impact on health

Wendy Bachman

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Discussions Discussion Environmental Ethics
Camilla Pashar, Oct. 28, 2011

Polluted America: Amazingly colourful aerial pictures that highlight damage to Earth wrought by industry. At first glance they’re beautiful, but these incredible snaps reveal something far more ugly.

J Henry Fair’s spectacular aerial images show the devastation man has wreaked on America.
Pollution is exposed on a massive scale, creating striking vivid colours that highlight the scars of spillages, open cast mining, chemical and oil leaks, industrial decay and deforestation. Click the link for the shockingly beautiful images.


Camilla Pashar

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