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The Ecological Impact of Smoking

by Shevon Davin

Cigarettes

 

That smoking is bad for your health is old cake. We ignore that part of the impact of smoking here because it is already well known. But what do you know about the impact of smoking on the environment?

A single smoker who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day for 50 years has a water footprint comparable to 62 years of water supply for basic hygiene for three people. Also, the energy needed is comparable to the energy consumption of an average household in India for 15 years. That is one big reason why using e-cigarettes like Kardinal Stick Pod Thailand is more environmentally friendly than traditional cigarettes.

If you eat vegan but still smoke daily, research has shown that the environmental impact of your butts is actually greater than if you didn’t smoke but did eat meat!

So a vegan smoker has more negative environmental impact than a carnivorous non-smoker!

Quitting smoking is the goal of most smokers, but is often difficult to maintain. Perhaps this self-discipline can be motivated if you know the hugely negative effects of cigarettes and the tobacco industry on the planet.

And are there actually green options for smokers? A weird question actually. But we’ll figure it out!

The first cold figures

A study by the World Health Organization and a scientific article with a life cycle analysis by researchers from London unraveled shocking figures about the impact of tobacco on the environment (all the numbers we mention in this article come from this complete life cycle analysis).

Every year, nearly 6 trillion cigarettes are consumed by a billion smokers around the world.

The annual CO2 emissions of the tobacco industry are comparable to the emissions of twice that of Wales!

Each cigarette smoked is responsible for 3.7 L of water, 14 g of CO2 emissions, and the consumption of 3.5 grams of oil in fossil fuels.

Where do these numbers come from and can the tobacco industry be greened?

Tobacco cultivation

The problem starts with the amount of agricultural land needed for tobacco cultivation. For the 6 trillion annual cigarette production, about 4 million hectares of agricultural land are needed. This is relatively much land compared to other crops, so on the same piece of land, 6 times more weight of tomatoes or even 19 times more weight of potatoes can be harvested.

In addition, a lot of water is needed for tobacco cultivation, 22 billion tons of water are consumed annually by industry, where most of the water is used for cultivation.

Harmful chemicals such as 19 million tonnes of insecticides are also used for the cultivation of tobacco. These substances end up in rivers and seas and contribute to acidifying these waterways and threaten various plants and animals.

Tobacco is largely (90%) grown in developing countries such as India, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and Malawi. These countries are already suffering from a food and water shortage, so the production of tobacco exacerbates this shortage.

As with many other products, consumption is highest in developed countries. This means that smokers in first-world countries literally and figuratively burn the raw materials of developing countries.

Drying tobacco

After harvesting the tobacco, it is dried, which is a process that requires a lot of energy. Often coal or wood is burned for it, which not only contributes to CO2 emissions but also to deforestation.

The production of cigarettes

The energy consumption in the production of cigarettes is the highest, of the 0.6 trillion (!) joules that are needed annually for the industry, almost everything goes to just cigarette production. The tobacco industry can therefore make itself a lot more sustainable if this energy is 100% green, for example by using solar or wind energy.

Of course, tobacco is not the only ingredient of a cigarette – more than 1 million tons of filters and more than 2 million tons of packaging are also needed annually for the high demand for cigarettes (excluding the cardboard used for transport).

In addition, hundreds of artificial additives are added to the tobacco itself, and the paper for rolling and packaging is bleached. The packaging is also laminated and printed with synthetic ink. All in all, every part of a cigarette is quite harmful – not only for your body but also for the environment!

When cigarettes are produced, they are transported. Altogether, 24.5 billion tonne-kilometers of freight are transported per year (1 tonne-kilometer is the transport of 1 tonne over 1 kilometer). Also not nauseous in terms of CO2 emissions.

Mountains of waste

As the most visible polluter of the whole process of the tobacco industry are the millions of non-degradable, harmful cigarette butts that make up the largest form of litter worldwide. The filters in the butts are full of junk, such as plastic (usually cellulose acetate) but also rat poison (arsenic), lead and other metals, residues of nicotine, and pesticides.

That is why the 2 million butts that are thrown on the ground per minute are extreme damage, and it is also difficult to clean them up.

In the Netherlands, streets are polluted with 10 million kilos of cigarette butts per year, 20% of which cannot be removed and therefore end up in the streets, ditches, canals, rivers, and the sea.

This large plastic pollution of cigarettes is harmful to various plants and animals on land and in the water that, for example, think it is food. It is also known that butts that are not disposed of correctly increase the risk of fire indoors and outdoors.

 

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What is the industry doing about it?

Some tobacco companies are starting to take responsibility for the impact of the tobacco industry, but they still have a long way to go.

For example, Philip Morris shows in their report that they reduced their CO2 and water footprint by 24% between 2010 and 2015. In fact, British American Tobacco reports that its carbon footprint has declined by as much as 47% since 2000.

A good start, but there are hundreds of other brands, such as Marlboro and Camel, that have yet to be shaken up.

Are there green options available?

The Natural American Spirit brand is one of the largest brands that sell organic tobacco without any (synthetic and harmful) additives. Lucky Strike (made by British American Tobacco) also sells cigarettes without chemicals and other additives to the tobacco (the Natural products), just like FairGreen, Pueblo Natural, and Mohawk. These cigarettes still contain plastic filters.

The South African company Smokey Treats is the only company we could find that tries to improve multiple parts of the cigarette. For example, they do their best to harvest ethical tobacco, produce cigarettes with filters and paper that is not bleached and FSC certified, and use filters that do not contain plastic. At the moment they are only for sale in South Africa.

More and more biodegradable filters are coming onto the market. Companies such as Green Butts and Green Go produce filters that are broken down within a few days. Karma Filter Tips even goes a step further and has created filters from the pulp of fruits that are not only degradable and contain no chemicals, but also leave plant seeds after use. Nevertheless, plastic-free filters are still difficult to find in the store, especially in the Netherlands, and only some are available online.

Are e-cigarettes sustainable?

Some aspects of electronic cigarettes offer advantages, for example, fortunately, there are no cigarette butts that cause pollution, and the high carbon footprint of growing tobacco is not present here. The batteries can also be recharged (with any green energy) and no paper is needed for rolling.

It is therefore often thought that electronic cigarettes are ‘ecological’ and responsible products, or even healthier (which is not the case!).

So the opposite is true.

Electronic smoking is very similar to smoking a regular cigarette, but instead of heating tobacco, a liquid is heated which contains, among other things, nicotine and a taste. An e-cigarette consists of two main parts: the battery and a tank with the liquid that is evaporated.

But with e-cigarettes, there are other things involved. The biggest problem is recycling the materials and toxins in the liquid.

Firstly, many types of e-cigarettes are only used once and then thrown away, but also the type of e-cigarettes whose liquid you can refill are not yet recyclable. Actually, it is unclear where to throw it away at all (chemical, plastic or electronic?), since it still leaves many toxic substances such as nicotine, proypleenglycol, nitrosamine (which is carcinogenic), and heavy metals.

It is possible to recycle parts of an e-cigarette if you take them apart, such as recycling the battery and the liquid container if it is properly cleaned. In addition, e-cigarettes affect the air quality, not only inside a home but also around e-cigarette shops, for example.

Summary

If you weren’t already 100% convinced of the enormous damage of cigarettes and the tobacco industry, not only to public health but also to the environment, we hope this mailing has cleared that up!

Many activists are pushing the legislation that should ban plastic filters, which will hopefully yield results in the near future as most tobacco brands take little to no responsibility for the consequences of the industry.

Need help quitting smoking? There are different methods available, both online to intensive personal guidance or in a group – discuss it with your doctor and see what suits you best! On to a smoke-free generation!

How Tea Benefits Our Body and Ecological Health?

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times and it still has a lot of health benefits to offer.

The most important health benefits of tea are that it helps in weight loss, reduces the risk of heart disease, lowers cholesterol levels, prevents cancer, and protects against diabetes.

Adding supplements to your tea like Tea Burn (https://walnutcrossfit.com/tea-burn-reviews-from-customers) has been reported to be more effective for weight loss.

How Does Tea Benefit the Planet?

Tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. It has been around for thousands of years and has a long history of health benefits.

Tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. It has been around for thousands of years and has a long history of health benefits. Tea leaves are harvested from plants that grow on trees, bushes, or vines. The leaves are then dried and fermented before being blended with water to create tea. Tea can be brewed hot or cold depending on preference and the time available to brew it.

The process to produce tea is not too different from what happens when you brew coffee but it is important to note that tea leaves are not roasted like coffee beans which means they don’t release as many chemicals into the air during roasting as coffee beans do when they’re roasted.

The leaves are usually steeped in boiling water for around four to five minutes before removing the teabag or straining the liquid into a cup. A light, fresh-tasting, and very refreshing drink which is good for people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart problems.

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Are teabags biodegradable waste?

Teabags: you have them in all shapes and sizes. Usually, they are made of paper, sometimes plastic, but often a combination of these. Canadian research now shows that plastic tea bags excrete billions of pieces of plastic. “Those bags have to be removed, that seems clear to me,” says Dutch professor Dick Vethaak.

You don’t see it and you don’t taste it, but if you use a plastic tea bag, you are really drinking pieces of plastic. Very small pieces. To be precise: 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nano plastics.

It cannot be healthy, but whether it is really unhealthy is currently being investigated. The Dutch professor Dick Vethaak is not reassured. He works at the Deltares knowledge institute and is also a VU professor of water quality and health.

Canadian scientists have shown that so many plastic particles get into your tea. They dipped four different nylon or PET plastic bags in water at 95 degrees Celsius. The amounts of micro-and nanoparticles they found were much greater than those found in food and water to date.

Teabag belongs to the residual waste

Coffee pods and tea bags are not part of the PMD or GFT, Milieucentraal reports. “The filter paper of coffee pads and most tea bags contains plastic,” it reads.

There are tea bags that are compostable, for example with the bioplastic solon, but because waste processors cannot distinguish between tea bags made of paper, plastic, or bioplastic, the motto is all tea bags are treated as residual waste. Until all tea bags (must be) compostable.

Responsibilities and Challenges Faced by Oral Health Care Professionals in Achieving Sustainable Goals

by Carey Lise

The oral health care industry is also a contributor of carbon dioxide emissions, specifically involving three principal sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

1.  The electricity, water, fuel and other resources used in the manufacture, distribution, and production of dental productsand materials used for tooth implant,

2.  To and fro travel and transport of health personnel and dental patients to the dental care centers.

3.  The waste generated from the different processes, and the management of wastes particularly the disposal of single-use plastics (SUPs).

Recognizing the Oral Health Care Industry’s Contribution to Carbon Footprint and Pollution

The FDI World Dental Federation embodied in its FDI Vision 2030 document the goals that oral health professionals must promote as sustainable universal oral health. Maintaining good oral health can largely prevent diseases if discovered and treated in the early stages of dental problems, However, providing oral health care whether for long-term maintenance, for therapeutic interventions, or in a prevention form, bring forth significant amounts of carbon footprint and pollution.

Professionals in the oral health care business have a moral and ethical responsibility to make sure the dental processes are carried out in a sustainable manner. Managing the impact of their dental care activities on their environment, is part of their responsibility.

Challenges Faced by the Oral health Care Industry in Developing Sustainable Health Care Practice

The relevant responsibility for the burdensome single-use plastic (SUP) wastes must take into consideration the huge amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) being used during the still ongoing pandemic. The increased use of PPE in the healthcare industry has made it difficult maintain the sustainability of PPE-used in both general health care and oral health care practice.

Other challenges faced by the oral health care sector in trying to achieve sustainable developments and goals, concern the patient’s attitudes, perception of affordable costs and the legislative frameworks within which dental procedures and dental measures are implemented.

The patient, being the recipient of the dental service must assume responsibility maintain proper oral health care to ensure the treatment will last. It is important for patients to manage if not avoid risk factors like alcohol intake, unhealthy diet, smoking and plaque formation.

Dental and oral health care centers should host formal staff meetings that would discuss the agenda for incorporating sustainability in dental practice. Doing so would be the perfect way to start planning the measures that would create significant solutions to the planet’s environmental problems.

Ecological dentistry: Environmentally Friendly Dental Care

Ecological or green dentistry is the provision of dental care and dental treatment using technologies, procedures, and materials that benefit the health of the environment and the planet. “Environmental Dentistry” is a term officially registered by the Association for Ecological Dentistry. It involves the use of high-tech innovations that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of work, as well as reduce the amount of waste and environmental pollution.

Read also: Ecology – Benefit of Hospital Patients and Nature

Benefits of Green Dentistry

Known as “green”, the practice of dentistry combines technologies that improve treatment methods and procedures, as well as making them more environmentally friendly. The benefits of green dentistry are as follows:

  • Less radiation. More advanced diagnostic system. For example, one of the most significant innovations in green dental practice is digital x-ray, which eliminates the need for traditional film x-rays. Through the use of digital x-rays in the treatment process, the number of harmful chemicals released into the environment, such as lead and silver, is dramatically reduced. In addition, the radiation to which patients are exposed is approximately 90% weaker when using a digital x-ray, as opposed to a traditional one. In addition, the dentist receives the images immediately, and they are of better quality than usual. Plus, for a more detailed and accurate diagnosis, they can be increased.
  • Less chemical pollution and minimal disposables. Green dentistry also uses high-quality, environment-friendly disinfectants as well as steam sterilization means that does not require a special ventilation system for chemical fumes or a permit to discharge hazardous waste into the water supply. Green dentists are also using energy-efficient washing machines and dryers to facilitate the use of cloth bibs, gowns, headrest wipes, and other washable and reusable products. This eliminates the use of disposable paper products.
  • Restorations that have a more natural appearance. Less heavy metal waste. While you and others may be interested in more natural-looking restorations, today, environmental dentistry performs adhesive, metal-free restorations using direct composite bonding or porcelain veneers (including Lumineers and other veneers requiring little or no tooth preparation), as well as crowns. These options serve two purposes:
    • Firstly, they provide an aesthetic restoration of a smile without the use of metals. Second, they help avoid heavy metal waste from amalgam fillings that can enter the main water supply.
    • Because patients often opt for adhesive dentistry, tooth discoloration benefits both patient health and the environment by keeping heavy metal waste from entering the main drain.

Choosing a “green” dentist

Any dentist, including Alta Sky Dental, can be green. Green dentists, as well as members of the Association for Environmental Dentistry, are rethinking the equipment, products, and materials they use in their offices and opting for sustainable options. They also aim to reduce the environmental impact of their work by using energy-efficient fluorescent lights, taps, and low-flow toilets.

Dentists who achieve the highest standards in green dentistry can earn GreenDOC certification from the Association for Environmental Dentistry. Certified by the Association for Environmental Dentistry at the Bronze, Silver, or Gold levels, practices that use clean, green dentistry products, equipment, and practices are documented. These may include moving away from traditional x-rays to digital ones, using non-toxic floor polish, moving to electronic patient communications and marketing programs, and using washable fabrics whenever possible.

Ecology – Benefit of Hospital Patients and Nature

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A hospital utilizes as much energy as a modest community consistently. To guarantee the most ideal care for patients, it runs constantly nonstop. The prosperity of the climate assumes a somewhat subordinate part. Since high security and cleanliness principles don’t appear to be viable with resource-saving use – or isn’t that right? The Green Hospital shows how it’s finished.

The health sector is answerable for 4.4 percent of worldwide greenhouse gases like CO 2 . Which places it over the discharges from air traffic and delivery. In a German emergency clinic, around 500 liters of water are utilized per patient consistently and a few kilograms of trash, some of which are hurtful, are created. Much is by all accounts inescapable if cleanliness guidelines are to be clung to and the security of patients is to be ensured. For instance, needles, hoses, even diabetic syringes or cannulas made of plastic might be tainted with synthetic substances or natural materials after use, they should be discarded and can’t be reused. Numerous gadgets likewise need to run continually on backup so they can be utilized quickly in an emergency. Simultaneously, in the midst of ecological role or the environmental change, single-use things and gadgets that continually consume electricity are presently not legitimate.

An organization that deals with individuals’ wellbeing ought to likewise consider the variables that might represent a danger to them – to be specific, ecological ones. The Green Hospital perceives the association between human health and the environment.

What makes a hospital green?

Waste management is a significant and in some cases challenging topic. From one viewpoint, garbage – harmful material just as plastic – is to be decreased, and then again, the subsequent waste is, if conceivable, reused or composted. For a hospital, this is a tightrope walk between environmental friendliness and hygiene necessities.

A green hospital is about a supportable arrangement of all processes. This likewise incorporates logistics. This can be accomplished through optimized requesting rhythms and conveyance frequencies just as staying away from unnecessary transports. This saves material, prevents waste, and lessens CO 2 emissions. Green Hospital measures likewise incorporate the utilization of environmentally friendly building materials and decreased meat consumption inside the hospital, for instance as a vegetarian day a week.

What’s in it for You and the Environment for doing Volunteering?

by Yakub Seward

Finding volunteers is indeed difficult, especially in today’s busy and hectic schedule. On the other hand, opting to do some volunteer works can actually help in a number of ways you did not imagine. Finding the right volunteer work can benefit you in ways like:

  • Finding new friends
  • Networking with affluent individuals
  • Connecting with community
  • Learning new skills and;
  • Career advancements

Volunteer works can help in boosting your physical and mental health too. This is due to the reason that it can fight depression, keep you mentally stimulated, have a sense of purpose and reduce stress. While it is true that the more you do volunteer work, the more you will experience, you don’t necessarily need to be in a long-term commitment.

Connecting to the Community

Among the popular benefits of volunteering is just how much impact you can give to the community. Volunteering lets you make it a better place. Even by doing small tasks could make huge difference to other people’s lives and organizations in need.

Volunteering is a win-win scenario in reality. It benefits you as well as your family likewise with the cause you’re supporting. By dedicating your time doing volunteer works, you can also expand your network and make new friends while boosting your social skills.

Making New Contacts

Perhaps, you are planning to engage yourself in workout regimen and want to partner it with supplements from https://pganabolics.com/. However, you cannot continue with your goal for the reason that you don’t know where to start.

Now, since you are doing volunteer works, you will be able to meet lots of new people who may just have information about the subject. You can ask about their insights and even personal experience and use it to yours.

Perfect for Your Mind and Body

Volunteer works can actually counteract the impact of anger, anxiety and stress. The social contact element of helping as well as working with other people has a profound impact on your psychological state. Nothing can beat stress than having a meaningful connection to other people. Working with animals even showed significant improvement in a person’s mood by reducing their anxiety and stress.

Beat Depression

Through volunteering, you are in regular and constant contact with other people and that alone can help in developing a firm support system. You can then take advantage of this newfound support system in fighting depression, especially on your low times.

Obesity as a Pandemic According to WHO

by Carey Lise

Statistics show that in the U.S. alone, ⅔ of adults and ⅓ of school children are either overweight or obese, of which the numbers are still increasing annually. Other countries are also dealing with this problem and are rapidly reaching the same obesity growth rate as the U.S. That being the case, the World Health Organization has declared obesity a “global epidemic.”

Researchers have recently put forward speculations that the cause of rising obesity rates is due to environmental changes. These changes have led us to unhealthy habits and have made consuming food as our defense mechanism. Moreover, environmental triggers can even worsen our habit of using food as a means to comfort sadness or anxiousness.

Common Beliefs Concerning Causes of Obesity

A lot of individuals, even health care professionals, think that the cause of obesity is simply because a person lacks willpower or self-control. While this behavior is manifested by obese people the inability to control habits of overeating, only describes a negative eating behavior and not necessarily the cause of such behavior.

Nonetheless, medical professionals advise their obese patients to follow eating restrictions. If necessary, take part in commercial weight-loss programs, take organic fat burner supplements, and read books and articles about diets and exercises.

Sadly for many, these approaches concerning self-control have not provided the solution as some lost weight temporarily but regain them within the year.

Other reasons of the increase in obesity rates are due to psychological factors and heredity. In many cases, there really are people that are susceptible to gaining weight because of their genomic sequence.

However, this cause alone cannot be considered as the sole reason of the dramatic increase in obesity rates.

Psychological behaviors such as impulsivity, habit of eating whenever in a negative emotional state, and anxiety, also play a part in obesity.

Considering the seriousness of obesity problem in all parts of the world, we must try every method possible to bring down its prevalence. This includes as using new technologies that tackle hormonal imbalance to induce weight loss.

Consider Breakthrough Formulations for Weight Loss

A new way to lose weight as recommended by people with overweight issues is the weight loss supplement called Modere Trim. It can be used by both men and women as suggested by the modere reviews posted at the tazafit fitness website.

Feedback about the product back up claims that the product also helps in improving their muscle tone and skin while losing weight. The manufacturer credits the efficiency of their supplement on their utilization of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is a plant-extracted acid. It prevents the transport of fat into the bloodstream that leads to the reduction of body fat. Combined with Modere’s Collagen/HA Matrix, it works on the muscles which in turn refreshes and rejuvenates the skin, giving it a healthy glow.

Relation of our Health to Environmental Problems

Up until now, there is still no definite answer on exactly what is causing environmental health challenges. Health problems that are connected to our environment are too complex and can also develop several reasons which include the probability of someone’s genes to develop a condition or disease. In the scientific community, they are calling this genetic susceptibility.

Though what is known is, environmental health concerns are likely to be connected to biological, physical and at times, economic factors. In fact, this is why some experts are recommending people to check out for the best fitness retreat in Thailand that would boost their overall health and have better protection from these types of challenges.

Everything You must Know

The water we are drinking, air we breathe and the food we eat as well as the buildings, homes and our neighborhood are all contributing to environmental health concerns.

At times, it can even disrupt the way our body works. Some of the possible sources for environmental health problems do include but not limited to the following:

Air Pollution

From wildfire, car exhaust, and even electronic cigarette smoke, all of these are a mixture of pollutions that can be found both outdoors and indoors.

Flame Retardants

There are plenty of chemicals that are used in consumer products from furniture, electronics and whatnot that are preventing the spread of fires.

Lead

Old paint in a building or house, contaminated water and soil, pottery and even regular house dust are some examples that people get constant exposure to this type of metal.

Nanomaterials

The engineered nanomaterials are actually a concern due to the tiny particles and widely used in structures, devices and consumer products.

Smoke

Believe it or not, a single stick of cigarette contains hundreds of chemicals that consist of:

  • FormaldehydeLead and
  • Arsenic

Pesticides

These types of chemicals are produced to repel, control or kill pests from fungus, weeds to insects.

Experts are thinking that majority of the things that humans are exposed to in our environment are connected to health issues such as Parkinson’s disease, asthma, or even cancer. But it is not only the things that we are exposed to that matter.

Possible environmental impact on health could result to cascading biological events in our body that can eventually alter the way it functions. However, these changes may either be good or bad and also, depend largely on the situation and genes.

What Ecology is Trying to Answer?

Ecology is one of the branches of biology that focuses on understanding how organisms are related to one another, figuring out answers on how to increase growth hormone naturally among humans, and many other things. The way it impacts science in finding answers for boosting hormones is that it uses resources provided by nature and turns it into something that will benefit humans.

Ecology Simplified

In a broader sense, this is dealing with the relationship between different organisms, the relationship between one another, the relationship towards shared resources, the relationship with space shared, and the relationship with the non-living matter in the environment.

In an effort to understand the said relationships, ecology is encompassing elements similar to population growth, symbiotic ecologic relationships or mutualism, competition, trophic relations such as energy transfer, migration as well as physical environment interactions, and biodiversity.

The Different Types of Ecology

There are different kinds of ecology and some of these will be discussed in the latter part of this post.

Microbial Ecology

Microbial ecology seems to be the smallest aspect of life, which is referred to as the cellular level. This consists primarily of two life kingdoms and these are Kingdom Protista and Kingdom Monera. In these two, the connections are basically between microbes as well as their environments and relationship to each other.

Microbial ecology is quite important in analyzing evolutionary events and connections that lead to existence. These connections then help us to better understand the relationships we have among other organisms.

Behavioral Ecology

For this type of ecology, the major goal is understanding the level of behavior and adaptation of the organism. In such a case, the main concern is an individual organism and its different nuances, particularly in figuring out to assess how it is tied together to improve the survivability of the organism in question or any other beneficial adaptation.

Population Ecology

This study is concentrating more on population, defined as a group of organisms of similar species that live in the same area at the same time. Here, the attention is awarded to things similar to population density, size, structure, migration patterns as well as the organism’s interaction among one another.

It is trying to uncover the various changes in each dynamic of the population like why numbers will increase and whether this would affect other elements of the population like its density.

Community Ecology

This is taking a closer look at the community, which is defined as all populations that are living in a certain area. This consists of all types of population. The focus here is normally on the interaction between species and on how their sizes and numbers mesh together and how the changes in one population are affecting the dynamics of the entire community.

Ecosystem Ecology                                                                                                                                      

This particular study adds a distinct contribution in understanding ecology even better by means of adding abiotic or non-living factors to the subjects being studied. Therefore, this interaction involves all elements of the environment and how they are interacting.

Trees Save Lives, Protect The Trees For Overall Health

Trees For Good Health?

The Journal of Environmental pollution has published new research. The headline – Fresh air saves lives. Within just a year, trees have prevented about 650,000 cases of respiratory symptoms and saved about 800 lives. Trees are said to clean the air we breathe making the environment safer for us to live in.

We are all conscious of our health. We fight obesity and other diseases as naturally as possible but we question everything that’s offered before we actually taking it in. For example, natural fat burners are said to be safe for people who want to lose weight but before we accept that we ask – Do fat burner cause health issues? But this is just one among many concerns that we are facing in relation to health. We also know that we need a clean environment to live healthily.

To Plant New Trees Or To Save Existing Ones?

A clean and healthy environment. We all want that. That’s why many environmentalists and concerned citizens are making every effort to save the planet and one of them is to save the trees. But why not just plant new trees?

Planting as many new trees as possible slows down or even reverses climate change – that sounds good in theory. Forests are essential for our climate because they store large amounts of the greenhouse gas CO2.

Plant trees against climate change?

Our trees and forests are essential for the climate because they absorb the greenhouse gas CO2 and release oxygen. Thereby they help to keep the temperatures on earth stable. The more trees there are, the more CO2 can consequently be bound. And intact forests not only help the climate but are also the habitat of numerous animals and plants and thus contribute to biodiversity.

Planting trees for the climate

Some experts believe that reforestation by planting new trees “aimlessly” is not the best way to stop climate change. This is why not all environmental protection organizations have reforestation projects in their program.

A tree has to grow and needs care

Before a tree can bind enough CO2 and dirt from the atmosphere, it has to grow. Because the older the trees are, the more CO2 they can store. A tree cannot develop its positive climate effect immediately after it has been planted – but only after several years. In addition, a tree needs water and care to grow.

Not all trees are the same

Not every tree species stores the same amount of CO2. Spruce, for example, absorbs less CO2 than pine, oak, or beech. Since the climatic conditions change due to climate change, it has to be checked again and again, which trees should best be planted on which soils, and in which regions.

Mixed forests instead of monocultures

Mixed forests also store better CO2 than monocultures and at the same time, less susceptible to pests such as the bark beetle. Monocultures also fall victim to weather phenomena such as storms but recover more quickly than mixed forests, which are more permanent. It is therefore only partially recommended for the climate to reforest tree plantations with the same tree species.

Better to protect forests instead of planting new trees!

Afforestation and new trees are one way to do something about climate change. But what helps even faster and better is to protect the existing forests and, above all, to take stronger action against deforestation of the rainforest. Because better than any newly planted tree is the tree we keep.

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