Tag: environment

pesticides

What Are Pesticides and Are They Really Harmful?

Pesticides are chemicals generally used in agriculture, in order to prevent diseases, pests, weeds and other kinds of plant pathogens. The final aim of pesticides is to maintain high quality in agricultural production and yield and also improve the external appeal of fruits and vegetables. Despite sometimes not being noticed by the public, there some …

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earth, global warming, science, environment

The Reality of the Relationship Between Mental Health and Global Warming

Editor’s Note: Due to the nature of the research  being incomplete with data, we have identified this as an example of bad science. What would have made this better science is if the original researchers could have isolated the “problems with emotions” to specifically the weather without any other militating factors. Mental health challenges arise …

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fish, coral reef, environment, ocean

Meet RangerBot, Out to Save the Great Barrier Reef from Starfish

The Great Barrier Reef faces a number of challenges, many of which can be directly blamed on humans. However, the Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish is one exception – it is a sea creature that merely feeds on healthy coral, posing a threat to the reef. To deal with the problem, researchers at Queensland University of Technology initially …

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tick, ticks, insects

Good News: This Summer Has Spelled Demise for Ticks in the Northeast

Lyme disease is one of the conditions that can stem from being bitten by an infected tick, but luckily, the number of cases appears to be dropping in New England. This is good news, seeing as the Northeast is often one of the hardest hit areas for Lyme disease and other tick-caused ailments (“Here’s one …

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Feel the Heat: Heatwave Related Deaths Expected to Spike by 2080

Heatwaves can be tolerable for people living in the Western world, assuming they have access to shelter from the sun and cool air. However, this isn’t always the case in other parts of the world, where the temperatures are scorching and there is nowhere to seek refuge. Now, scientists believe that the number of deaths …

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Starbucks Says Good-bye to Plastic Straws

You might not think twice about the plastic straw you use to sip your favorite beverage, but one company is now putting a lot of thought into it – Starbucks. The global coffee chain has announced that it will immediately begin phasing out drinking straws from its 28,000 stores. They will be eliminated almost entirely …

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antarctica, ice melt, environment

Antarctica is Losing Its Ice — Or Is It?

Many coastal cities are already prone to flooding, but what if the situation became direr within the next century? This could very well be the case, and it’s all depending on Antarctica. A new study published in Nature recently looked at Antarctica’s ice loss, and discovered that if it continues to melt at the rate …

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fish, coral reef, environment, ocean

Coral Reefs Save Millions of Dollars By Preventing Floods

They’re bright, beautiful, and home to some of the world’s most gorgeous sea creatures, but did you know that coral reefs also play a critical role in the prevention of flooding? This is according to a new study recently published in Nature. “Coral reefs serve as natural, low-crested, submerged breakwaters, which provide flood reduction benefits …

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great barrier reef, nature

Could This Be the Last Straw for the Great Barrier Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef has been subject to coral bleaching for an extended period of time, leaving many to believe that it is a modern marvel that may soon become history. Now, a new threat to the reef is on the horizon – deforestation. But one might ask what deforestation has to do with the …

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