Posts tagged Sustainability

Rainforests

we are losing 137 plant, insects species every day according to experts. Why? Most rain forests are disappearing because of bulldozers, chainsaws and fires for its timber value. Is it really worth killing off species to make a dollar? There has to be a better way for our society to create the items that come from destroying the rain forests. This article has a lot of really interesting facts about the rainforests and how destroying it is affecting all of us.

~Cody Males

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Resorts where they shouldn’t be

The last few weeks we talked in class about water shortages and factors that contribute to them. At least to me it seemed that the most obvious factor was people overusing in places of  the country that do not have much water to begin with. Such as Las Vegas with their giant fountains and swimming pools, here is another example http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124593116.  People are clearly not getting it if they are talking about building things like this still.

Kirk F.

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ECOBLOCK

So i was at the eco-block get together like David, and Matt.  I was apart of the energy portion of the meeting.  They were talking about putting stationary bikes next to the business administration building.  A station to generate electricity to power the lights around there, or to charge a electronic device you had.  I think this would be kind of weird.  Its a good idea, but I don’t think in front of the max is the place for it.  Maybe somewhere that doesn’t have so many people around.

The energy group also talked about putting in water power generators underneath the bridge.  That way the rain water streams off, and pushes the generator to generate electricity.  It wouldn’t be a lot of power, but it would be something.  I thought this was a good idea.  All this would happen on Montgomery St. in that empty lot.

Anthony Tran.

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Coral Castastrophe

Coral reefs, not only a home for hundreds of organisms living symbionicaly, but also essential to the safety of our oceans. Coral reefs are extremely sensitive organisms that are affected by temperature, pH, and the fishing and harvesting by humans. Coral reefs have been killed and used for centuries for bathing and now in fish aquariums. Because coral reefs are located toward the surface of the ocean near to land, they are especially important to echinoderms, molluscs and over 25% of the ocean’s fish.

But how do these coral reefs relate to the world of sustainability? Coral reefs are built when the polyp absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and water and produces a hard outer shell, calcium carbonate. When these coral reefs are destroid by humans or parrotfish, the carbon dioxide is then released back into the oceans.

Another reason coral reefs are inportant to the study of sustainability is because they are so sensitive to the temperature of the water. As the oceans started to heat up due to the accumilation of greenhouse gasses, the coral reefs started to die. Errosion of the beaches causes sand and algea to cover the coral reefs and stop the absorbance of carbon dioxide and kill the reefs as well.

-Tanner Kewley

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Saving Water

After discussing all of the issues this planet has with losing water the past few weeks in class, I thought it might be a good idea to read up on how to conserve water in our lives. This article gives 100 ways to save water, some of them are pretty obvious but sometimes we need a little reminder on the little things. Just give this list a once over so you can save your wallet and the waters.

~Cody Males

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Sustainability Commercial

Hey all, as we get ready to start thinking about the Spring, don’t rule out the idea of putting together a sustainability media project.  Not sure what you could do?  Interview your mom, your grandparents, people on the street, or check out this funny video for a little bit of inspiration.

– Jacob

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Should Washington State raise its tax on Hazardous Materials?

This articles poses a good follow up to the Frontline episode we recently watched, Poisoned Waters.  What do you think?  Discuss.

– Jacob

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