Tag: Conservation Corner

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Pauline Lee Waste Free Kitchen Handbook by Dana Gunders guides the reader to eating well, while saving money by wasting less food. Furthermore, the environment benefits because wasted food decomposes in landfills to form methane, a greenhouse gas that is 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide. This easy to use book has practical strategies, engaging…

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Food waste Pauline Lee Did you know that one-third of all the food production in the world is lost or wasted? This amount of food is worth US $750 billion. In less developed countries, losses are due mainly to food decay in the field and spoilage on the way to the market. Curiously in the…

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Pauline Lee A new frontier in human health has been opened up by the Human Microbiome Project, launched in 2008 by the National Institutes of Health. This initiative has begun cataloging the genetic material in bacteria that live in and on our bodies. Can you believe the bacteria population in each person outnumbers the human…

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Pauline Lee Many of us know of bacteria as germs. Germs make us sick. Since the existence of bacteria was first discovered in 1676, much of the scientific literature has been focused on pathogens and that has also framed our view of bacteria. Yet, the majority of bacteria we come in contact with on a…

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Conserve antibiotics – save lives Pauline Lee The annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week will be observed worldwide from November 16-22. Penicillin, the first antibiotic used in the world, was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming. Fleming was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945 for this miracle drug that saved countless lives from infections caused…

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Conserve health – sugar alert Pauline Lee Did you know that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day? This amount is equivalent to 350 calories and it adds up to over 70 pounds of sugar a year. Amazingly most people aren’t even aware of it. While we do sometimes add sugar…

Conservation Corner: Global warming III

Global warming III Pauline Lee The industrial revolution has brought amazing developments in our civilization. Unfortunately, these advances depend on the use of fossil fuels which has increased the production of greenhouse gases (particularly CO2) that trap heat from the sun. Since 1880, our global temperature has increased by an average of 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit…

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Global Warming II Pauline Lee The first installment of Global Warming established carbon dioxide (CO2) as the main contributor to global warming. This CO2 is a by product when fossil fuels are oxidized to produce energy that has driven world economy since the Industrial Revolution began over 200 years ago. About 82 percent of the…

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Pauline Lee Our sun can warm up the Earth. But if the sun’s rays are reflected back into space, the heat is lost. Thus Mars, with practically no gases in its atmosphere, stays below freezing; Venus, with 300 times the carbon dioxide as Earth, is hot enough to melt nickel; but Earth has maintained life-sustaining…

Conservation Corner – Our endangered oceans II

Pauline Lee Our oceans are our planet’s life support system. They provide us with oxygen, food and fresh water and control our weather. One teaspoon of sea water contains as many as a million one-celled algae which produce oxygen during photosynthesis. These algae are at the bottom of the food chain that leads to whales,…