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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!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Where does my trash go?

   There are many places where your trash can go. Your trash can go to one of three main places. Your trash may go to landfills. It may go to recovery resource facilities. Finally it could go to transfer stations.
   Landfills are modern structures built with a clay foundation and several liners from keeping any liquid from getting to the groundwater. When trash is filled up in the landfill, it is covered each day with soil or dry waste to prevent fires and scavengers from getting to it.
   Resource recovery stations is a way that humans decided to try to relieve the construction of more landfills. People named it resource recovery stations, because it was a pleasing name rather than saying someone's trash is going to the incinerator. These were built in order to stop people from building as many landfills as they did. Also resource recovery stations control the emission in the air, as well as converting the trash to possible energy.
  Transfer stations is a facility where solid waste is transferred from collection vehicles to larger trucks or rail cars for longer distance transport to another location for disposal.
  There are many health concerns such as the emissions released in the air when it comes to landfills and resources recovery stations such as possibly causing cancer. However, a major health concern that many individuals do not know about is the emission released by the trucks hauling trash for commutes that can last up to three hours.
   This is where our trash goes. The three most common places our trash is transported to and these places take up a lot of our resources and time. We are currently looking for better ways to dispose of or reuse or trash but that has yet to be discovered.


    

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Omniprocessor

The Omniprocessor converts fecal and sewer waste into clean drinkable water, electricity, and pathogen free ash. It takes the waste and runs it through a dryer which separates the water from the waste. The water is then passed through a cleaning system to produce the purest and safest drinkable water you can imagine. Now, the dry waste gets fed into the fire and it produces pressure which in turn produces steam. This steam is then processed though a steam engine, which powers a generator. The generator produces electricity for the entire machine. It practically powers itself. It also produces excess power that can be sent back to the community. Lastly, another byproduct is ash. This ash is pathogen free and can be used as a fertilizer for farms or for bricks.    
The Omniprocessor was ultimately made to help undeveloped countries like Africa, India, and some parts of South America. Its purpose is to help sanitation, prevent pathogens, and environmental damage in places that can't really afford complex systems to treat their waste. One of the machines is already working wonders in Dakar, Senegal. It prevents people from having to empty out their pits and bathrooms manually. Manually removing waste is dangerous, but the Omnipocessor is radically changing the way people see and manage sanitation.
Sophisticated sewer systems like those in the US, are not feasible in undeveloped countries, like Senegal. They need simple innovative ways to properly dispose of their waste. Surprisingly this is a very profitable business and can ultimately change the way waste is processed.












































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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

9/11 Environmental Disaster

This project or presentation was very interesting and difficult as well.
It had a lot of information that I never knew about 9/11 such as:
I always thought that only happened it in New York City not and others states like Washington D.C, and Pennsylvania.
I did not have any ideas about the effects that caused to the people around it.
When I saw the pictures about the disaster I could not believe it because I've never seen something like that before, those pictures were breaking my heart just to seen how heavy and tragic was the disaster. How many people sacrificed their life for other or getting diseases by helping others.
I am very glad that you gave me this kind of presentation because I enjoyed when I was doing my slides and looking for information.






Sunday, March 6, 2016

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The united states congress established Yellowstone national park on March 1, 1872
Became an Act into law and then became the world's first national park. Yellowstone national park is located on the north west corner of  Wyoming, and also includes small areas of Montana and Idaho. Protecting this park was important because air pollution is among the most serious threats to the monument and the park itself. The world's famous wolves, buffalos, and grizzly bears of greater Yellowstone are threatened by development, habitats loss and in case of wolves widespread killing. The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years. About 11,000 years ago many groups of native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting grounds, and as well as transportation routes. Yellowstone national park is the home for some 10,000 thermal features, and over 500 are geysers. Yellowstone contains the majority of the world's geysers. Geysers are hot springs that erupt periodically, the eruptions is the result of superheated water below ground becoming trapped in channels leading to the surface.