The environment is plagued by the human need to have as much power as it can take. We need to monitor our pollution released into the atmosphere to reduce the damage we are causing ourselves in the end. The coal usage and its burning can be limited or even pushed out of use completely. If the energy plants that use coal and other fossil fuels to burn for energy would get rid of the hazardous environmental polluting methods of creating usable energy and convert to an environmentally friendly method.
Dealing with pollution and global warming are problems that we are going to have to solve soon if we are to continue to live healthily on Earth. The huge problems caused by pollution can be solved by small changes in our everyday lives. It can be something as simple as buying green cars and appliances, to becoming more active and barely using a car, if at all. Also doing things as simple as having business conferences over the phone or internet, which reduces the driving you and all other colleagues participating.
In Tegan K. Boehmer, PhD1, Stephanie L. Foster, MPH2, Jeffrey R. Henry, BA2, Efomo L. Woghiren-Akinnifesi2, Fuyuen Y. Yip, PhD 1 essay, "Residential Proximity to Major Highways — United States, 2010," from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6203a8.htm, the author the health problems that is associated with humans living near major freeways. (Here's the Crocodoc version of this article that we can annotate together: http://personal.crocodoc.com/ujmD1wp)
Through research conducted on Twitter, I was led to an article published in the Salt Lake Tribune discussing representative Jerry Anderson, who is working effortlessly to loosen the greenhouse gas list, arguing on the basis that CO2 and nitrogen are natural gases in our atmosphere and they did well for the dinosaurs, and will do well for us.
Ocean acidification is a rising problem on Earth. It is a term used to decribe the rising acidity in the oceans. 1/3 of the carbon dioxide we edmit from burning ficil fuels is absorbed by the oceans. This equals to 1 million tones every day. When the carbon dioxide disolves into the sea water, the H2O and CO2 molecules combine forming carbonic acid (H2CO3). This changing chemistry is causing our oceans to become more acidic. Over the past 200 years the acidity has risen by 30%. The pH of the oceans has droped by 0.1 pH units (from 8.2-8.1).