Environment, taking care of our environment

Amazon Wildfires Receded as Rainforest Gets Doused by Heavy Rains

The Amazon wildfires that hit Brazil and Bolivia have receded following the heavy rains that poured down last month. The downpour had helped members of Bolivia’s military put out the fires that blazed for more than two months, which razed about four (4) million hectares of Amazon lands.

Cinthia Asin, official spokesperson for the Sta. Cruz provincial government, regarding environmental issues, said that satellite images show that no more fires have been detected, indicating that none of the forest fires have reactivated. Santa Cruz, a farming province located in eastern Bolivia, is said to be the hardest-hit by the raging fires.

Bolivia’s national weather services also reported that in the Chiquitania region of Bolivia’s Amazon forest, fires have already been quenched as none have been registered as of late. Still, the weather agency warns that the risk of fires recurring is still present, since the return of the searing heat of the sun, combined with high temperatures could set off another wildfire.

That is why Bolivia’s Armed Forces Commander Williams Kaliman, said there are still no immediate orders to withdraw 5,000 troops who were sent to put out the worst fire ever recorded in Bolivia over the past two decades. Critics and opponents of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales blame the government’s current policy of increasing agricultural sites by way of deforestation.

The Amazon wildfires in Bolivia have receded, but the Bolivian people’s anger at President Evo still rages, now that he won a 4th term as president of Bolivia following a controversial election. .

Bolivians Protest Results of Recent Bolivia Election as President Evo Gets Re-Elected

Although, Evo Morales made a milestone in Bolivian history to be the first Bolivia president with indigenous roots, many of the country’s indigenous tribes have marched to the provincial capital to demonstrate their disapproval of the government’s slow action in responding to the forest fires. More than 1,000 men and women volunteer firefighters came out to help prevent the fire from spreading

Yet Evo Morales’ government reported that it has spent more than $20 million in efforts to put out the fires, which all the more made the people march to the streets. Recent news show that even the local police in some towns have joined the citizens in calling for Evo Morales’s removal from office.

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Taking Care Of The Environment By Switching To Metal Straws: Is This Really Effective?

There are many ways for us to help save the environment. When we were little kids, we were taught how to dispose of our trash properly and not just throw them anywhere. Later on, we were taught how to segregate our wastes so that they can be managed more efficiently for disposal. Likewise, we also learned about the importance of recycling so that we can minimize the number of materials that we immediately throw away after use. In this digital age, we can even host a website while saving the environment.

As we grow older, we can see a much wider picture of what is really happening in our surroundings. The sad truth is that as long as we continue with our old ways, our environment will continue to suffer. While there are actual efforts to save the environment, institutionalized human practices such as manufacturing and usage of plastics negate whatever we are trying to do to help clean up our world. There are popular suggestions that can easily catch our attention in saving the environment, and one of those is to start using metal and bamboo straws instead of the regular plastic straws.

This one has potential of starting a domino effect of awareness for the environment, but the question is, will this suffice to actually protect mother nature?

Use Of Metal Straw May Be Less Damaging, But It Does Not Mean That There Will Be No Negative Setbacks

By using metal straws, one can avoid throwing dozens of plastic straws every day after drinking beverages in stores and fast-food restaurants. We can just buy one metal straw and bring it wherever we go. The good thing here is that we can just wash the metal straw after use, and its expected useful life is quite long, thanks to its reliable material.

All these things mentioned earlier may entice you to buy your own metal straw today, but many of us do not know that manufacturing metal straw already introduces toxic chemicals into the environment. Granted, the use of metal straws can help minimize the number of plastic straws disposed of daily, but the problem lies with the production of this supposed eco-friendly straw.

Cleaning the environment is not as easy as cleaning a home. The simple use of a cleaning device isn’t enough to clean the environment. Let’s protect our environment much like we protect our homes with security cams (Ring 2 vs Ring Pro). What it really needs is teamwork and cooperation from each and every individual living on this planet.

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Knowing First Step to Saving the Environment

Energy efficiency means you are using less energy to do the same jobs, reducing your home’s energy waste and saving money. 

To effectively increase your energy efficiency involves more than just using less energy. It requires you becoming aware of how energy is used, where it’s wasted, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in everyday life. How to save electricity or energy is one of the most mentioned problems around the household. There are countless ways on how to save energy, you only have to be determined about it. When I say determined, do it right away.

So how do we save energy? Let this be the first step for us to save the environment and we will know about that through this blog.

Why is Saving Energy Important

Using energy has been a part of our daily lives for over the years, and will be for the next decade to come. With that, it is evident that we waste a lot of energy in our daily usage either by not turning the lights off when not in use or by utilizing old and inefficient appliances that consume a large amount of energy.

As of today, most of the energy is generated from coal-powered power plants. These plants do generate energy but also contaminate the environment by emitting harmful gases in the atmosphere. Supplies that are available to us today should be used economically to conserve them for future use since they are limited and will expire one day. The availability of energy isn’t the only problem we’d face. Global warming and the greenhouse effect might be a problem as well. 

Indeed, the energy we consume emanates from fossil fuels which involve the emission of vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which may cause the problem. 

Final Thoughts on How to Save Energy

Countless ways can be performed nowadays on how to conserve electricity. It only depends on which strategy you are in favor of. Also, there are a number of reasons why you should consider cutting back on energy consumption. First of all, reducing energy use limits the number of carbon emissions in the environment.

Carbon emissions play a significant role in climate change, which is thought to be the cause of powerful natural disasters in recent years. Conserving energy benefits not only the cost of the money you spend on your electric bill but also it helps to preserve the nature from the harmful effects of today’s technology. 

Follow my tips for a better world. 

Also, have you heard of the hoverboards? This kinds of a new way of transportation is a good way to help save energy too!

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Bolivia President’s “New Gold” Still Turning Amazon Forest into Ashes

As fire rages on in Bolivia’s section of the Amazon Forest, many are looking closely into Bolivia’s new trade agreements with China, particularly in the supply of agricultural products. After all, China’s decision to stop buying agricultural products from U.S. farmers, resulted to the Asian country’s increased demand to the farmers of Bolivia.

 

 

About a decade ago, President Evo Morales did not have the support of farmers. Yet everything changed when he made good on his promise to increase Bolivia’s agricultural space; promising as much as 13 million hectares by 2025. It was obvious that the only way this is possible is by clearing out large sections of Bolivia’s part of the Amazon Forest for agricultural use.

Eventually, President Evo’s government became a staunch supporter of ranching and farming businesses, turning agricultural commodities into the “new gold” that will replace natural gas, as Bolivia’s key export product.

Starting with several government pardons on those charged with illegal deforestation, the pardons served as a sign of encouragement for farmers to push further into the deeper recesses of the Amazon. In fact only this year, the Bolivian president authorized the clearings in the Amazonian section that is still raging with fire.

 

Now as if not having had a hand in the widespread destruction of the forest, Morales tweeted concerns for “Mother Earth;” of how people cannot survive without her. This was Morales’s original political stance before his government started focusing on agriculture as the new solution for Bolivia’s economic prosperity.

Still No Signs of Remorse coming from Leaders of Agricultural Businesses

Morales’ latest tweet has made agricultural business leaders edgy, presumably fearing that the support that President Morales had given them previously will be taken away in light of local and international pressures. The agricultural business is urging the Bolivian leader not to give in, to demands of imposing a clamp down on their industry, despite the results of the wildfires created by their clearing operations.

 

 

Oscar Pereyra, president of Bolivia’s prominent cattle-growing association, defends the laws introduced by the Morales’ administration as well thought out, and that they should not be repealed. Pereyra went as far as saying

“We cannot kill the goose that lays the golden eggs for the agricultural industry”

Perhaps, they are hoping against hope that President Morales is merely saying what the G7 leaders led by French President Macron wanted to hear, as a concession to the $22 million financial aid raised in the G7 summit to help Bolivia put out the raging forest fires.

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Impact of Fishing In Our Environment

For centuries, mankind has harvested abundant fish and relied on the ocean to survive. In recent years, new technologies have enabled humans to capture fish from the sea on a large scale and provide food for the fastest growing population on the planet. Unfortunately, these practices have had many negative environmental impacts, and over fishing is considered to be the main cause of ecosystem damage in many aquatic systems.

The Impacts Of Fishing

Over-fishing

One of the main consequences of industrial fishing is that some species are almost extinct. Perhaps the most famous example is the Atlantic salmon. 17th-century people said that the northwest Atlantic has many corals that can go to the sea. Catfish fishing is the basis of the New England economy. Many people ride on their kayaks under 1000 and use their fishing rods for a living. In the 1960s, new technologies like radar and sonar were deeper than fishermen. 

Over the next few decades, large-eg landings began to increase sharply, but in the 1990s the fishery shrank rapidly. Other than Newfoundland, the world’s largest salmon fishery, salmon biomass is estimated to have declined by over 99%. Six other Canadian coastal resources have reduced biomass by more than 75%. 2 The number of fish is so small that Canada can suspend salmon fishing to restore resources. Reduce the time people catch and the total amount of salmon they catch.

Habitat Destruction

In addition to removing more and more fish from the sea, many industrial fishing methods destroy aquatic habitats. Dr is a common way of harvesting cockroaches, and large metal shovels are used at the bottom of the shore to collect cockroaches. This process cools the seabed sediment and hangs the water column, reducing the water quality. This practice also allows insects in caves to be excavated from sediment.

Solution

The impact of fisheries in recent years has become a source of more and more research interest. Much of this is due to the collapse of commercially valuable fishing and the endangered number of animals. Some species, such as the Mid-Atlantic Salmon and flo, have restricted fishing to successfully restore depleted resources. However, for other species, such as Atlantic salmon, this regulation did not cause population recovery. In this example, there may be other factors, such as an increase in water temperature that prevents recovery.