Posts Tagged: ‘pollution’

When viewed from the standpoint of geologic time, what is humanity’s ultimate contribution to the planet? As destructive and game-changing as the cataclysmic events separating whole epochs, have we ushered in an Age of Man with our agriculture, industrialism and war? What was the world like before our steam-powered industrial ascension? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I ask hard questions about humanity’s relationship with planet Earth. Will we continue to remake the world as we see fit, or will we become true stewards of the planet?

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“The Lorax” was first published by Dr. Suess in 1971. This was during the dark ages of environmental protection. Keep in mind that the EPA did not open its doors until December of 1970, and at that point the amount of pollution in the United States was staggering. One of the events that brought the EPA into being was the fire on the Cuyahoga River in Ohio in June of 1969. Yes, an entire river lit on fire, as seen in this video…

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When you live near a freeway, you are exposed to far more vehicle exhaust than normal. In particular, you are exposed to “dangerous ultrafine particles” emitted by diesel engines: Freeways: Twelve lanes of toxic pollution Kleinman, codirector of UC Irvine’s Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory, discovered that ultrafine-particle levels within 50 yards of a freeway […]

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The structure of hemoglobin causes oxygen to bind loosely to iron — however, carbon monoxide binds very tightly to the blood’s iron, reducing your ability to breathe. Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more.

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Eco-anxiety — a chronic fear of environmental doom — is a recent, specialized type of anxiety disorder gripping an estimated 40 million people in the United States. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about eco-anxiety.

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