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Wetlands, what they are and their Importance

Wetlands, what they are and their Importance

Wetlands are best described as the link between the land and water masses, commonly referred to as marshes or swamps. Wetlands can also be described as land that is covered by water; this water could be fresh or salty. In many places wetlands aren’t seen to be of much importance or with any benefits to […]

Our beloved trees and mother nature

Our beloved trees and mother nature

Trees are an important part of Earth and the functions they hold are immense ranging from erosion control to climate moderation. Trees are well known to us, typically being described as perennial plants with long elongated stems, known as a trunks, and with supporting branches and leaves. Without trees, the air we breathe wouldn’t be […]

Clouds: why they could be a better messenger than the weatherman/woman

Clouds: why they could be a better messenger than the weatherman/woman

We see clouds every day and most times we do not look at them long enough to read the message they hold for us about the weather. Other times we simply ignore them, not focusing on their importance. When talking about clouds, or the mention of a cloud, most people’s minds shoot directly to the […]

Could predators be beneficial to our environment?

Could predators be beneficial to our environment?

Predation is an ecological phenomenon that involves biological interaction of a hunting organism preying on its target, often described as the prey. However, an even more direct and easier definition is that a predator is a creature that hunts and kills other animals for food (Nature Wildlife). Predators work on the principle of Detect-Attack-Capture-Consume. Predators […]

The Cycle of life; toll on the environment

The Cycle of life; toll on the environment

Most, if not all things in life go through a cycle. From plants which release seeds then die. The seed then germinates and experiences growth to the point when it flowers. This flower then produces fruit and from the fruit comes the seeds, and the cycle begins all over again. Take another example of the […]

Of food chains and webs

Of food chains and webs

Dictionary.com defines a food chain as a series of organisms interrelated in their feeding habits, the smallest being fed upon by a larger one, which in turn feeds a larger one while Merriam-Webster defines it as a series of types of living things in which each one uses the next lower member of the series […]

Insects and their contributions to the environment

Insects and their contributions to the environment

Insects are by far the most abundant organisms in the world. The study of insects is referred to as Entomology. Insects contribute to the environment greatly through their activities. Insects pollinate many flowers, fruits and vegetables. Many agricultural crops are unproductive without pollination and this definitely reflects on insect importance especially to us as human […]

Why we need to care about pollution

Why we need to care about pollution

Pollution is the introduction of a substance or contaminant into the environment that causes harmful or poisonous effects. This contamination could be of air, water or soil. Humans are the biggest culprits when it comes to pollution of our resources. Effects of this pollution vary from alteration of wildlife habitats, acid rain, toxic metals or […]

Green energy is the future (Part II)

Green energy is the future (Part II)

As mentioned in last weeks’ article, green energy refers to renewable energy that is environmentally friendly, energy that is viewed as ‘clean energy’ as it does not cause pollution like the non-renewable energy types. Let’s take a look at the types of green energy that we can adopt and their pros and cons. Biomass energy […]