Unity

To save the earth First we must work together. To work together We must first stop fighting. We fight each other In line for the next deal, For rights not given or taken away, Over who should stand up And take responsibility. Outraged At lines too long, At the struggle Over disease, Famine, War, Those …

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To Bee or Not To Bee

Why are bees important? Most people know that bees provide honey and beeswax but by far the most important service bees provide is the pollination of crops. Approximately 80% of the crops in the US are reliant on bees.  They pollinate a lot of the fruits, vegetables and legumes we take for granted. They also …

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The Smog We Breathe

What is smog? Smog is a combination of two words ‘smoke’ and ‘fog’. Smog is a hazy smoke like substance that is caused by air pollution. It occurs when gases, dust or other particulates and water vapor combine and is usually worse on a hot sunny day. Most occurrences of smog are caused by the …

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Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Contaminated Soils

In various areas of the world we are seeing more and more sites being polluted from industrial chemicals from factories to petrochemicals from oil refineries it is near inevitable that some of it will leach into surrounding soils and waterways. Even if we halted the processes that cause these problems there is still the question …

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The effects of large scale agriculture on soil health

Introduction There are 13 billion hectares of soil on earth but only 1.4 billion can be used for agriculture. The rest are in some way unfit for use such as too rocky, too steep or contaminated. Over a third of all arable land is used for farming so the effects of intensive agriculture on soil …

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25 benefits of having a vegetable garden

There are many benefits to starting your own vegetable garden or maintaining an existing one. Some of  these points will still apply even if you aren't growing food and just focusing purely on the aesthetics. Enjoy the beauty of nature. Get exercise. Breathe fresh air. Know where your food came from and what went into …

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