Let’s Talk About Mangroves

Mangroves. What? Exactly. We learn about the environmental properties of oceans and coral reefs, forests and grasslands, but what about blending all of that together? Before learning about Wildcoast, a conservation company based in San Diego, and their restoration efforts in Baja California I was unfamiliar with mangroves, but to describe them as ecosystems whereContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Mangroves”

Bhutan: The World’s Only Carbon Negative Country

Carbon emissions have long been discussed by scientists and lead to alarming warnings on the future of the world’s climate emergency. Scientists projected that fossil-fuel-related carbon dioxide emissions hit a record high of 37.1 billion metric tons in 2018, adding on that total carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere hit their highest level ever, atContinue reading “Bhutan: The World’s Only Carbon Negative Country”

Making History: Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction

Early this week I compiled an article on the massive environmental feat accomplished by the Chilean government and Tompkins Conservation (can be found under the Conservation tab). However, it seems that while Chile was courageously investing in expanding the amount of protected land in their country the United States was running in the opposite direction.Continue reading “Making History: Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction”

National Parks: Chile’s 10 million-acre Patagonia

World population is expected to reach 8 billionĀ peopleĀ in 2023 according to the United Nations (in 2026 according to the U.S. Census Bureau). There are A LOT of humans that call Earth their home, and apart from the land we take up from our houses, cities, and communities, other vast parts of land are being cultivatedContinue reading “National Parks: Chile’s 10 million-acre Patagonia”

Carbon Sequestration: How Forests Fight Global Warming

In my freshman year biology class I learned about photosynthesis and the carbon cycle. Photosynthesis taught me that plants extract their nutrition from carbon dioxide and water with the help of sunshine, and this played a role in the carbon cycle (where carbon dioxide would in term be stored within plants and sediments). In ninthContinue reading “Carbon Sequestration: How Forests Fight Global Warming”

Palm Oil: The Truth Behind the Lucrative Industry

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a report in which scientists found that human beings share 97% of their DNA sequence with Orangutans. Research has found that Orangutans are extremely intelligent creatures who clearly have the ability to reason and think. Needless to say, human beings and Orangutans are veryContinue reading “Palm Oil: The Truth Behind the Lucrative Industry”