We all know how photosynthesis works. Chances are when you were in science class you had to build a model or draw a diagram laying it all out.
The goal of environmental sustainability, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is for humans and nature to exist in productive harmony. This definition clearly understands that production is at the basis of existence for both human and nature.
By now, most people have heard about recycling, but are not really sure of all the benefits of doing it. For some, it may seem like another hassle that makes life more difficult.
Harmful algal blooms are toxic to water bodies and ecosystem, and the people, animals, and plants that rely on the water from these bodies are put at a health risk. First, many animals, marine life, and birds, and plants can get sick and die from the unnatural growth of algae blooms, threatening the health of water bodies, from the Great Lakes to the Baltic Sea.
The California drought has obliged the government to impose very severe restrictions on the use and consumption of water. According to the LA Daily News, the crisis has also spurred renewed interest in how to recycle water.
About News suggests that there are particular benefits for recycling plastic, a material that tends not to be biodegradable and can last in landfills for all practical purposes forever. What is more, as the journal Science indicates, a large amount of discarded plastic is finding itself in the world’s oceans, much to the long term detriment of the environment.
In an article about recycling efforts in Boston, author Barbara Moran cites the many problems that come from single-stream recycling or one-bin-takes-all approaches to recycling. First, many items that get dropped in single-stream bins become "contaminated" from the moment they fall in the bin: paper gets dirty and therefore not reusable and glass breaks and cannot be sorted out.