Ah, yes, the infamous wall. There’s been plenty of debate over the economic effects of its construction, as well as the political impact, but one commonly overlooked disadvantage is to the land and wildlife surrounding the construction site.
1.) Carbon Emissions
Building a massive wall down a two thousand mile path would clearly require the use of a lot of heavy machinery, which, of course, releases unbelievable amounts of fossil fuels into the air. Not to mention, hundreds of new roads would be needed to transport materials and workers to the site, which would decrease the air quality of less polluted areas. But the most significant release of carbon would be from the steel needed to support the wall. Over twenty-four million tons of carbon would be released into the atmosphere via the construction for every foot the wall is thick. To put that in perspective, you would be required to drive along the U.S.-Mexico border nearly fourteen million times to reach that level of carbon emission! More…
Representatives from 196 nations made a historic pact on December 12, 2015, in Paris to adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures while also cooperating to cope with the impact of unavoidable climate change. The United States was part of the 196 nations. But on June 1, Donald Trump made a very shocking announcement.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States. We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden. More…
Air pollution affects many things in the world. It is well known that the pollution damages perfectly fine rivers, lakes, or water sources. Indirectly, it also destroys many homes for people and animals. So, the first point is that it harms Earth and the environment. But in what way does air pollution affect us, exactly?
John Hopkins University School of Medicine head and neck surgeon Murray Ramanathan and a group of scientists recorded studies with mice as substitutes for humans. According to them, the small particulates in the air contribute to the same viruses within the nose and sinus areas that give someone a runny nose. These particulates include debris, smoke, dust, and coal typically originating from factories, farms, vehicles, and more. More…
Trash has been a problem at the park this school year, as many food wrappers are littered daily. Every weekday, many students from Clegg and Stacey go to the park after school to hang out while waiting to be picked up. Although some are elementary school students, most area6th, 7th and 8th graders.
After school, many students walk to the ice cream truck to get candy, chips, and ice cream. By the end of the day, trash is thrown onto the playground and grass. The trash is not picked up by Stacey’s custodians, as the park is not part of the school’s property.
“I see trash in the park every day, and I realize how much students litter every school day,” says Justin Pham. More…
On a small uninhabited island, researchers have discovered it has been harboring 38 million pieces of trash.
Henderson Island is a designated world heritage site because of bird life and is a part of the U.K Pitcairn island territory. It is located in the middle of the South Pacific Gyre ocean current making it a bullseye for debris carried in the ocean current.
The island has the highest density of plastic debris than anywhere reported on earth. According to Proceedings of Nationals Academic of Science, a study has estimated, 17 tons of plastic debris washed up on Henderson Island, with more than 3,570 new pieces of litter arriving every day on the one beach alone. More…
There is limited knowledge humans have about the ocean. In fact, scientists have not yet explored five percent of the world’s ocean, which consists of seventy-one percent of Earth’s surface. Surprisingly, there is more material learned about space than for the ocean. This ocean lives on the same surface with humans and animals, yet the knowledge of space and its content outweigh that of the ocean. So, one of the most obvious questions would be this: How deep is the ocean? More…
With all the recent drama concerning TrumpCare, the wall, and the travel ban, the Keystone XL Pipeline kind of got swept under the rug. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious controversy.
Keystone XL is a direct oil pipeline running from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. As opposed to the old pipeline mimicking this one, this is a much faster route, raking in about 3,486,000 gallons of oil a day.
Construction would employ about 28,000 workers and ease dependance on the Middle East. Not to mention, the increased availability of supplies would lead to lower prices for customers. More…
Oanh Tran and Evelyn Huynh
Five out six wildfires are caused by humans. Due to the increase of temperature and “accidents” in the past years, wildfires are continuing to get out of control.
“People are moving more and more into natural wild areas and essentially providing ignition for wildfires,” said lead author Jennifer Balch, a fire ecologist at the University of Colorado. More…
Litter is harmful to the environment and should be taken into consideration. Once school is let out, lots of students go over to the park to hang out while they wait for their parents to come get them.
Since the park is not owned by the school, staff can’t control what students do, and it’s up to each individual to decide whether they make the right choice or not. Since the mass amounts of students crowding the park every day the amount of trash and litter around the park is insanely high. More…
With the second farmers market coming up on Friday, Feb. 3, Garden Club is preparing for waves of students.
But, the club is actually doing other things to make the school as beautiful as it can be. A little section near the field where Stacey students run is turning into another garden to grow healthy foods.
There will be three beds in all. One bed will be devoted to the Science Department to experiment with different growing methods to experiment which recycled resources work best. They will begin using three types: hay, newspapers, and regular mulch. All Garden Club has yet to do is put the cinder blocks together, and start planting.
The club is doing Stacey a favor, however, as they are fixing all the cinder blocks that have been damaged.
As time progresses, the bounty of Garden Club will be headed for their farmer’s markets.
Students are encouraged to attend tomorrow’s event with their parents and family members.