How Humans Are Saving the Environment in 2018

eeling slightly blue over reports of extreme weather patterns and rising temperatures? The World Economic Forum reported early this year that weather change tops their list for global risks in 2018. So it’s natural to experience some alarm over the state of the world’s climate.

But along with these alarming reports come remarkable inventions, findings, and movements. Humans in all fields are rising to the challenge to do their part in the fight against climate change.


Air Pollution from New and Shutdown Industries, a Big Danger to Public Health

During the time when the Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal part of Texas last year, a lot of industrial companies had to close their operations before the storm reached and resurfaces itself once the rainfall and flooding subsided.

New and shutdown industries, as well as the damages caused by the storm, led to the release of air pollution around the city. Within that period of time, lots of information where gotten from Texas’ Air Emission Event Report Database indicated that about two thousand tons of greenhouse gases were released in these areas.


Test a Pigeon for Monitoring Air Pollution

Pigeons might be seen as the scourge of cities, but researchers say they could help us explore both the levels and impacts of a host of toxins in the air, from lead to pesticides.

Scientists say feral pigeons are a valuable way of probing contaminants in environment, since they are exposed to the same air, water, food and other factors as humans, and don’t venture far from home.


Positive Facts About The Global Car Recycling Industry

Advances in the waste management sector – especially in car recycling – don’t get a lot of attention in the mainstream media, which means that lots of people often don’t realize quite how quickly it’s advancing. In particular, vehicle recycling laws and practices in the US, Canada and Europe are all contributing to an ever more sustainable global economy, and we’ve come a long way in just the last few years. To demonstrate, here are six of the most positive facts about the modern car recycling industry!


Climate Change and Human Population

The largest single threat to the ecology and biodiversity of the planet in the decades to come will be global climate disruption due to the buildup of human-generated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. People around the world are beginning to address the problem by reducing their carbon footprint through less consumption and better technology. But unsustainable human population growth can overwhelm those efforts, leading us to conclude that we not only need smaller footprints, but fewer feet.


Scotland Readies to Ban Plastic Handled Cotton Buds

There has been a growing concern in the UK about the prevalent water pollution. In response to this, Scotland is set to impose a ban on both the use as well as the production of plastic handled cotton bud in her country.

Wastes on the shorelines and in beaches in Scotland, resulting from flushing used plastic cotton buds down the toilet, are estimated to be about half of the total plastic pollution experienced.


Are Diesel Cars Always the Biggest Health Hazard?

People within the industry blame anti-diesel rhetoric from the government, local authorities and clean air campaigners for eroding consumer confidence.

They insist that modern diesel engines are actually very clean and the health risks have been overstated.

They also say that they can play a vital role in helping to cut carbon dioxide emissions, in order to meet climate change targets.

So have modern diesels just been getting a bad press, or do they represent a serious health hazard?


Sanchi Oil Spill Contamination Could Take Three Months to Reach Mainland

Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil's fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration.


Plastic bag bans are actually terrible for the environment and make us sicker

Montreal celebrated the start of 2018 by banning single-use plastic bags, with grocers and retailers facing thousands of dollars in fines if they refuse to comply after an initial grace period. A plastic bag ban, enthusiastically endorsed by federal environment minister Catherine McKenna, is also scheduled to take effect in Victoria later this year, and politicians in other cities and even in Manitoba’s Conservative government are now considering bag bans as well.


Longer Lives with Cleaner Air

The air we breathe contains particulate matter from a range of natural and human-related sources. Particulate matter is responsible for thousands of premature deaths in the United States each year, but legislation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is credited with significantly decreasing this number, as well as the amount of particulate matter in the atmosphere.