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We are an environmental science course at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ, taught by Mrs. T. We'll be blogging about environmental issues all term, so please stay tuned!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kyoto Protocol Summary

The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement between industrial countries stating that they must reduce their greenhouse gas emission by various percentages as a means to allow better environments for less developed countries. Although there are multiple ways for countries to meet this requirement, some had chosen to secede from the project, thinking it was just a ploy to give money to third world countries. This entire mechanic is very important because the drastic climate change created by greenhouse gases can be very harmful to less developed countries without the support of the first world countries. Their economy may deteriorate.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lipari Landfill

Lipari was a 16 acre landfill that one point and time was ranked the number one superfund in the nation. 1958 through 1971 this landfill was used as a dump site for industrial wastes. There chemicals that were dumped went into the ground and even went in the streams and lakes. The landfill was a victim of 40,000 barrels of waste. Eventually in 1971, New Jersey Solid Waste Authority closed this site down. The effects it had on the neighboring areas was that those living near the landfill were at greater risk to getting leukemia and giving birth to low weight babies.