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 [...]

Ocean pollution

“Pollution of the air or of the land all ultimately ends up in the sea” -Jacques Cousteau At the time of writing this article scientists speculate that there is an estimated 150 million metric tons of plastic polluting our marine bodies. And we are not even close to bringing that number down. In fact 8 [...]

The Impending Water Crisis

There are three things that all life on earth requires. FoodAirWater Imagine a world where you would have to survive without one of these three essential things. Unfortunately, for some third world countries, they will not have to wonder about this post-apocalyptic scenario for much longer. Many countries in Africa are on the verge of [...]

Plastics of the future

We are living in the midst of an environmental crisis. At the time of writing this article there is an estimated 150 million metric tons of plastic polluting our oceans. Much of that plastic is petroleum based. Petroleum is a fossil fuel that is destructive to the ozone layer, and is existant in only a [...]

Environmental Science – Biogeochemical cycles

Welcome back to our environmental science series! Today we will be talking about biogeochemical cycles, the biological, chemical, and geological ways chemicals move through our planet's systems and is reused/recycled. This talk is going to be more visual than textual. Understanding these cycles is important because it shows us how vital chemicals are recycled and [...]