6 Major Current Environmental Problems And What We Can Try To Do To Fix Them

6 Major Current Environmental Problems And What We Can Try To Do To Fix Them

This is the only planet we've got.

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Ever wonder what you can do to fix some of the earth most pressing environmental issues? Could you say what they are? One thing to point out is that our environment is ever changing. As this happens we should become more educated on what the problems that are facing the planet because all across the world people are facing new environmental challenges every day.

An environmental problem/issue is considered so when we have problems with the planet's systems (air, water, soil, etc.) that have developed as a result of human interference or mistreatment of the planet.

Here is a list of ten of those problems and how we can try to fix them.

1. Pollution

Pollution in general. Whether it is air, water, or land is one of the top environmental problems that take years to readjust or fix. Pollution affects more than 20 million people. And in some other of the world's most polluted places, babies are born with birth defects, and the level of life expectancy isn't very high.

What can we try to do to fix this or at the very least reduce it?

You can save money by conserving energy, using environmentally safe products, report illegal dumping, and recycle as much as you can. For a full list, click here.

2. Natural Resource Depletion

Resource depletion is the consumption of a resource faster than it can be replenished and is most commonly used when referring to farming, fishing, water usage and fossil fuels.

Some causes of natural resource depletion include overconsumption and waste, erosion, and contamination of natural resources.

3. Waste Disposal

This is the collection, processing, and recycling or deposition of the waste materials of human society. The term "waste" covers both solid wastes (refuse, or garbage) and sewage (wastewater). Most of the time, the things we throw away ends up in a landfill but sometimes it can end up in other places and eventually make its way to the ocean.

So what can we do to fix it?

Well, we can start with getting rid of the plastic bags and relying on reusable containers. These things ensure that we are getting the most out of a product and not wasting it by buying a new one each time. Here are other ways to reduce waste.

4. Climate Change

Climate change is the term we use to describe the change in global average temperatures. But there are also many different types of climate change.

The Anthropogenic, human-caused, climate change range from more frequent and severe droughts to snowstorms and extreme winter weather in temperate regions as a result of warming Arctic weather fronts.

And humans aren't the only ones affected. So while we may not be able to stop this particular one we can reduce it.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has come up with several solutions.

5. Loss of Biodiversity

Habitat destruction is a major cause of biodiversity loss and is caused by deforestation, genetic engineering/modifying, and pollution. It can also be human-caused when we clear away forest for our use.

We can participate in conservation efforts and increase what we know about biodiversity.

6. Deforestation

Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale. Often resulting in damage to the quality of the land and is often done to clear room for farms and other human activities. Forest trees help to create oxygen by turning carbon dioxide into it, in addition, they help manage temperature and rainfall.

What can we do to reduce it? You can help by planting a tree or going paperless as well as buying recycled and recyclable products.

These are by all means not the only problems the environment faces today. But they are some of the ones that we see a lot of. Here is a list of more.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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10 Things Economics Majors Want You To Know

For the MOST part, it isn't that bad.

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I decided to become an economics major the day I started college — I know, it wasn't easy for me to decide. Well, technically the real reason why I even chose the major to begin with was that I was undecided when applying for colleges. I was, and still am, an indecisive person.

When I saw economics as one of the majors at Stony Brook, I thought it was something I was interested in. After all, it was the "study of markets and the behaviors of people in that same market." Besides psychology and philosophy (the two majors my parents didn't want me to study), I then chose econ. While it wasn't a piece of cake, it wasn't too challenging either. Here are a couple things we all want so desperately to say.

1. It's not all math, don't worry

While so many people tend to think that economics is all math and no fun, I beg to differ. As I mentioned above, it is the "study of the behavior of people in the market," so while it is equations and statistics, it is also observing how people treat prices and products.

2. It's not difficult to understand

I don't understand why parents think that if you're majoring in econ, you're pretty much signing up to fail all your courses. If they actually took the course, they would understand that it isn't the economic theory you need to understand, but how people react to changes in the stock market.

3. Majoring in econ isn't the same thing as majoring in business

When I tell people I'm an econ major, they immediately say, "Oh, business?" And then I squeeze the urge to yell in their face that I said "ECON, ECON, NOT BUSINESS." Then they continue to say they know someone that majors in business, and then ask if I know the person. The annoyances then continue. Econ is the study of markets. Business is the study of being an entrepreneur. Totally two different things. Yes, they are co-dependent, but they are not the SAME thing.

4. Please don't rely on me to do your taxes or calculate tips at a restaurant

I hate it when everyone just stares at me when the check comes. I regret telling people I'm an econ major at that point. Because I don't know how to tell them I don't learn how to do taxes or calculate tips in class, that's what finance majors do. AGAIN, not the same thing.

5. I know most of us are Asian, but don't be racist

Don't come up to me, ask me what my major is, and automatically assume that I'm an international student. It really sucks. I have to then correct them and say I'm not, and then have them walk away.

6. One of the prime motives is because we want to learn game theory

How we play games is vital to econ majors, and it does involve heavy readings of game theory books.

7. We mostly won't do econ during grad school

Because grad school is a time where we want to actually exercise our skills, it isn't a time to dawdle and major in the same things as we did in undergrad. We're actually adults by then, and we most likely will resort to marketing, sales, or advertising agencies. At least I want to work at Instagram HQ someday.

8. Our classes never have curves

Finals season is always tough on us because it just means we gotta put in three times as much work to memorize formulas, theories, and math terms. Have mercy on our souls. Most professors aren't even nice enough to bring up our grades or give us extra credit.

9. The TAs are too busy with work to help us

Even they understand econ isn't a breeze, and as TAs, they can't really explain stuff to us that they don't understand either. In fact, most of the stuff we learn in class are self-taught, usually late nights with Starbucks coffee.

10.  We actually hate business majors

Because they have it easy. And they don't need math. Everything they do is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Not gonna lie, I love being an econ major. But some cons can be too much and it does teach me not to do econ in grad. One thing is for certain though, I love what I do and I don't regret choosing it.

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