Burn it or bury it. In most places around the world, that’s what we do with our garbage. Pretty grim choices. Burning garbage releases dangerous gasses and dust, which contribute to pollution of the air, land, and water, not to mention global warming. While burying it leads to more pollution of the ground and water. And to make matters worse, tons of garbage – most of it plastic – ends up in the ocean.
The Crane Wife
Youhei was a poor farmer. One day he found a wounded bird at his door. Youhei brought the bird inside and cared for her until she was strong enough to fly away. The next day a mysterious woman showed up at Youhei’s house. They fell in love and eventually married. Times were tough for Youhei and his wife, but she got a loom and wove…
In the 1950’s China was working to transform from an agricultural society to a communist industrial society. Their leader, Mao Ze Dong, wanted to completely reshape society, and his efforts didn’t stop with humans. One of the strangest reforms of this period was an order to exterminate sparrows and other pests.
Idiom: In The Nick Of Time
Scientists say that life began in the oceans. While humans have evolved into land dwellers, there is a unique culture of people who, for centuries, have spent most their lives on the ocean.
When Nahara steps from the boat onto dry land, she begins to feel …
The Happy City
Did you know that living in a city is actually pretty bad for your happiness? Studies show that you’re more likely to be happy the smaller the city that you live in. But with 5 billion people living in cities by 2030, is there a way we can change the unhappiness found in cities?
Is our planet alive? Some who call our earth “Gaia” seem to think so. After all, something keeps the earth habitable for us. British chemist James Lovelock gave a lot of thought to the idea of “a single giant living system … with the capacity to keep the Earth always at a state most favorable for the life upon it.”
A World Without Bees
When most people think of honeybees, they think of honey. And while honey is delicious, honeybees actually serve a larger purpose: pollination. Pollination is the process of transferring pollen, which is necessary for many plants to reproduce.
The humble banana is in trouble. Favorite fruit of body builders, practical jokes and gorillas for decades, it’s now threatened by a killer disease. But this isn’t the first time. Let’s back up a little. In 1900, the banana had gone mainstream, in US culture, US comedy, and US bellies. It was the golden age of the golden fruit, and times were good.
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