Impacts of pesticides on our health

Pesticides are poisons and, unfortunately, they can harm more than just the “pests” at which they are targeted. They are toxic, and exposure to pesticides can cause a number of health effects. They are linked to a range of serious illnesses and diseases from respiratory problems to cancer. Exposure Exposure to pesticides can occur in…

Difference Between Industrial Smog & Photochemical Smog

In the classical sense, smog equals smoke plus fog, but for the people who live in sun-drenched basins, such as Los Angeles, the equation is a little more complicated. Classical smog is primarily the product of coal-fueled fires from factories and is also known as industrial smog. The smog common in Los Angeles comes from…

Separate trash: what, why, and how?

More and more people want to help the environment, as a result of which waste separation is becoming increasingly popular. But why is waste sorting so important? In this article you read everything about waste separation and which waste bins you use best for this. What is waste separating? When you separate your waste, this…

Cigarettes BIODEGRADABILITY

CIGARETTES Cigarette filters are made from cellulose acetate, a plastic which only degrades under severe biological circumstances, such as when filters collect in sewage. In practice, cigarette butts tossed on streets and beaches do not biodegrade. Under optimal conditions, it can take at least nine months for a cigarette butt to degrade. The sun may…

Cigarette and e-cigarette waste

LAND, COASTAL AND WATER POLLUTION Cigarette and e-cigarette waste can pollute soil, beaches and waterways. Studies have also shown that cigarette and e-cigarette waste is harmful to wildlife. CIGARETTES Cigarette butts cause pollution by being carried, as runoff, to drains and from there to rivers, beaches and oceans. Preliminary studies show that organic compounds (such…

10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Unhealthy Air

The American Lung Association encourages everyone to get involved in the fight for cleaner, healthier air. Here are some simple, effective tips for protecting you and your family from the dangers of air pollution: Check daily air pollution forecasts in your area. The color-coded forecasts can let you know when the air is unhealthy in…

Air Pollution: Everything You Need to Know

How smog, soot, greenhouse gases, and other top air pollutants are affecting the planet—and your health. What Is Air Pollution? Air pollution refers to the release of pollutants into the air that are detrimental to human health and the planet as a whole. The Clean Air Act authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to…

Noise and light pollution affect breeding habits in birds

Scientists are studying how human noise and light pollution affect birds throughout North America. Looking for a bird’s-eye view of human impacts? A new study, published in the journal Nature, provides the most comprehensive picture yet of how human noise and light pollution affect birds throughout North America. The effects of noise and light pollution on…

A global problem

Our research revealed that marine fish are ingesting plastic around the globe. According to the 129 scientific papers in our database, researchers have studied this problem in 555 fish species worldwide. We were alarmed to find that more than two-thirds of those species had ingested plastic. One important caveat is that not all of these…

Marine pollution

One of the biggest threats to our oceans is man-made pollution. Discarded plastics and other residential waste, discharge from pesticides and industrial chemicals eventually find their way into the sea with devastating consequences for marine life and the habitats they depend on. Shipping accidents and oil spills add additional toxins to the mix. It is estimated…