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How Traffic Jams Affect Air Quality

Submitted by: Ashley Jazbec This may come as a surprise, but slower-flowing traffic emits more pollution than fast-moving traffic of cars moving at 50 mph. People are constantly stopping, going, and accelerating; abnormal traffic patterns and constantly alternating driving conditions serve as …

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Sunscreen Ban to Protect Environment

Submitted by: Selena Guo Recently, Hawaii passed a bill banning sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. The reason for this is because these chemicals are causing damage to the coral reefs by bleaching them and hurting the animals that rely on the …

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Climate Change Lawsuit

By Kaitlyn Wang A group of 21 brave individuals is suing the federal government over climate change, but one difference sets this case apart: the plaintiffs are kids and young adults ranging from age 9 to 20. The non-profit Our Children’s Trust …

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SoCal Air Pollution

Submitted by: Eileen Guo More than 1,300 lives are cut short each year in the Los Angeles area because of air pollution. Now, after years of work, regulators are getting ready to adopt their most substantial plan in more than a decade …

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No Bees, No Food

Submitted by: Eileen Guo Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the lucerne used to feed dairy cows. What happens if …

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Blue Stars

By Anonymous You’ve probably seen beautiful pictures and lovely videos of glowing, blue “stars” in the ocean. Have you ever wondered what they were? Look no further: The glow is caused by bioluminescent (light generated by living organisms) producing plants and organisms. …

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Truth Behind Food Waste

Submitted by: Stephanie Zhang Food waste—no, we’re not talking about rotten food—we’re talking about fresh, good food. Bins of fresh food are locked in a box and sent to the landfill. 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year. Food waste …

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Build the Wall?

Submitted by: Lauren Watt What if Trump ends up building the wall? Texas’ 1,200 miles of border with Mexico will be separated, ruining habitats and damaging the ecosystem. Biologists are very concerned about the impact this will have on the high biodiversity …

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Behind the Scenes at the Olympics

Submitted by: Iris Yuan While you were cheering for your favorite Olympic athletes, dogs were, and still are, being slaughtered for their meat. In South Korea, there are over 17,000 dog meat farms. Before they are killed, the dogs live brutal lives. …

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Stop Drinking Coffee!

Submitted by: Eileen Guo Actually… it’s alright to drink coffee, but think twice before purchasing a cup of coffee, as the cups make a huge carbon footprint. Though coffee is sold in paper cups, less than 1% of coffee cups will actually …

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