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The Global Crisis of Plastic in the Ocean

Plastic does make life convenient, it can be made into dishes and eating utensils, but those single-use plastic products you are using are causing a threat to animals and biodiversity. Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in our oceans. It makes up 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. It is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050. Every year, 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our


How Fifteen-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Inspired A Global Movement Where Students Skip School To Protest Climate Change

Every Friday, fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg skips school to sit outside the Swedish parliament in order to raise awareness about climate change. She will do so until Sweden is in line with the Paris Agreement. In light of the UN’s large climate conference that starts today, her actions have inspired a global movement called Fridays for future where young people strike for the sake of the environment. Greta’s activism went viral this fall when she decided


The World Is Dying And It’s Our Fault

The United Nations released a report last Monday, where the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that there is only 12 years left to maintain the global temperature at 1.5 Celsius. Even half of a degree can mean that the chance of droughts, floods, fires and extreme temperatures can affect the lives of people all over the world. For those who may not be environmentally knowledgeable, there is a distinct difference between global warming and


How This Summer Gave The World A Taste Of Climate Change

The global heat wave that struck the world this summer has gotten a lot of media attention, particularly through its relation to climate change. But how exactly does this summer stick out and why is it a strong demonstration of global warming? If you haven’t been keeping up with the heat wave news, here’s a quick break down of the ways that this summer has shown the world how climate change isn’t something of the distant

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Are Political Self-Immolations a Rising Form of Protest?

In the current political sphere, acts of protest–against gun violence, government, oppression and more–are plentiful. Through marches and other forms, people are able to bring attention to issues that need to be addressed. They push their movements for the betterment of society and a bright future for the next generations. But even then change is not guaranteed. In response, some may take drastic measures. On the morning of Apr. 14, David Buckel, a gay rights


Meet India’s Forest Man: The Man Who Planted an Entire Ecosystem by Hand

In the most northeasterly reaches of India, in the state of Assam, lies a forested river island larger than Central Park. It is teeming with wildlife, including rhinos, the endangered Bengal Tiger and a herd of wild elephants. It features trees so thick that they shocked rangers from India’s Forest Department when they first stumbled upon the small jungle. Most notable, however, is that four decades ago, before a young Mishing tribesman took to the


It’s the End of the World

When people claim that climate change isn’t a real thing, it makes me wonder if they know what climate change is. As NASA so eloquently puts it, climate change is when there is a change in an area’s weather. That can mean an area’s rainfall might differ from the norm, or their temperature might change from what is the expected average. It is incredibly important to note that climate change isn’t just about one area


Want to Visit Palau? First, You Have to Sign Environmental Pledge

Palau is the first nation on earth to “change immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection.” From now on, visitors of the country must sign a passport pledge promising to act in an ecologically responsible way. To quote the official website, “A pledge of, for, and by Palau’s children.” The pledge is not only a monumental step forward in the battle to conserve our climate, but Palau delivers its message with elegance and sincerity.


The Denial of Climate Change Will Be a Fatal Mistake in Human History

As of late, climate change, once a fringe issue that only seemed relevant to environmentalists and scientists, has evolved to become a major issue that divides American society on scientific, religious and economic terms. Although there was no questions asked during the 2016 Presidential Debates about how candidates would tackle the issues, climate change has received significant political and geopolitical attention. Notable treaties signed to combat the rapid and radical change in our global environment


Massive Car Pile Up In New York Becomes Deadly

A car pile up became deadly today near Buffalo, New York after intense snow intimately brought  forth poor visibility conditions and difficult driving situations for those in the upper state. At around 2 pm, a 75 car pile up ultimately lead to an estimated 100 cars, according to several witnesses.  The accident suspended all lanes of traffick on the I-90 highway and both ends of the I-90 were closed off. The numerous cars involved with the

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