The health atrocities associated with smoking tobacco are numerous and widespread, but a more recently-defined phenomenon known as thirdhand smoke is becoming of heightened concern in the studies of American health.
“A world where a child can’t stare up in wonder at a giant cathedral-like crown is a very real possibility,” lamented Bill Laurance, an environmental scientist at James Cook University, Australia.
This is the threat America’s ancient trees face – the threat of eradication by climatic factors and, ultimately, extinction.
A recent water scare in northern Ohio has left many ecologists concerned about toxic algae blooms and their lingering aftereffects in highly-accessible freshwater zones.
As a nation long-known for our dependence on non-renewables like coal and oil, America may see a slight ‘shift in the winds,’ energy speaking, in the forthcoming years.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office has recently announced a commitment to Cape Wind, a Nantucket-based wind farm project expected to launch America into the market of sustainable offshore wind energy.
An international energy efficiency report was issued this past week, with the United States arriving in at thirteenth place.
You might be apt to give the U.S. a courteous nod, hereby acknowledging that our sprawling nation has slid into the top fifteen, almost top ten. But then, you check the list – it only extends to sixteen economies in total, though encompassing eighty-one percent of the global output. Soon enough, that rating seems quite unfortunate for environmental-conscious Americans, at the very least.
Those who remember Rachel Carson, a keen-eyed naturalist who altered the scope of American environmentalism in the 1960s, regard this woman with igniting a new campaign of ‘green thinking’ in the public sector. Her influential and highly-acclaimed Silent Spring rendered her audience as speechless as the birds that ceased to forage in the New England forests during the months of May and June.
Unfortunately, only a meager serving of young people today recall this woman and her vociferous attempts to rid the United States of such lethal pesticide paradigms. Though, her prophecy of fifty-some years may perhaps be overtaking the American people in a second ‘silent spring,’ so to speak: this time taking the form of a recently-popular, widely-dispersed class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids.