Environmental Science – Water Pollution

Any harmful substance towards water quality and aquatic life is considered a pollutant. They can be diseases, carriers, inorganic chemicals, sediments, radioactive chemicals, heat, or feces. There are multiple ways to measure water quality, especially the water quality index (WQI) that compiles several different measurements. Biological oxygen demand (BOD) is the amount of dissolved oxygen [...]

Biofuels

Biofuels are combustible fuels created from biomass; in other words, fuels created from recently living plant matter as opposed to the ancient plant matter underground that regular fossil fuels are created from. Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into liquid fuels to help meet transportation fuel needs. The idea behind biofuels [...]

Hydraulic Fracking

Oil is a commodity that is precious to our civilization as several parts such as transport and production depend on it. To constantly be able to meet our oil needs, the oil and gas industry has been expanding consistently for decades and advances in technology have been emerging in order to be able to occupy [...]

Bees in Crisis

  Ever since the first bees evolved into existence, they have played a vital role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. They pollinate several types of plants and flowers, helping them to grow, breed, and eventually produce food. However, recently beekeepers report their industry is on the verge of collapse, and farmers relying on honey bees [...]

The Ocean’s Plastic Problem

“Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint”  -Captain Charles Moore, discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997 The discussion regarding plastic waste within the ocean has become a very relevant topic in recent years both politically and socially. However while it is evident that plastic pollution poses a major problem [...]

Environmental Science – Energy Use

Hey everybody this talk is about energy use. Everything requires energy, and energy exists in multiple forms (read last post). There are two categories of energy: renewable and non-renewable. Renewable energy are replenished by the Earth, and we will not run out of this energy. Examples include biomass. Perpetual energy is a form of renewable [...]

Environmental Science – Basics of Energy

Hey everyone, this talk will be focused on the basics of energy. Energy is the ability that something has to do work. Energy is used all around us and by us. There are several forms of energy: Potential energy is stored energy that is positional. Examples include: Gravitational Energy: the energy of a placeChemical Energy: [...]

Environmental Science – Impact and Worldviews

Hey everybody! Welcome back to our third talk on environmental science. We will be talking about our environmental impact and multiple worldviews that people have on our planet. Environmental impact is the impact that humans have on the environment. Whatever impact we have on this planet, good or bad, is our impact. To measure the [...]