The Treehugging Outdoorsman

Devastating Greek Forest Fires
April 29, 2009, 9:01 pm
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Greece Forest FireIt was one of the most disastrous phenomenon to ever happened in Greece, heck, it is disastrous if it happened in any country. It was all over the news for weeks because it didn’t only happen in a day, it was a series of massive forest fires that broke in different parts of the country. More than 670, 000 acres of farmland, homes and protected forests were burned over the summer according to the European Forest Fire Information System.

Western and southern Peloponnese as well as southern Euboea are the places that was mainly affected. The death counts on the month of August alone reached up to 67 deaths, many buildings and houses destroyed in the aftermath of the fire. Officials ruled that the reason for the disastrous forest fires was the extreme hot and dry weather conditions combined with strong winds. Others say it was arson. Whatever the reasons are, it sure did left many people homeless and took away precious lives.

A Tree That Sucks In Toxins?
April 18, 2009, 9:14 pm
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While I was watching the news last night, I saw this intriguing stuff about some scientists who grew 2 types of genetically-modified plants that are said to remove toxic compounds from our environment. Wow. that is some experiment. One of the group developed a small plant that is related to cabbage and mustard that can actually clean up the soil contaminated with cyclonite, a substance being used in explosives that is said to be highly toxic and carcinogenic!

The other group modified a poplar tree to soak somecancer-causing compunds from soil, water and air. I never even knew it can be done. Well, at least now I know that it was done and is really helping big time in helping our environment. as of now they are still testing if it will be really effective if used but i do hope that it somehow works because God knows we need more things like this at the rate people are polluting our environment.

Global Warming
January 19, 2009, 10:10 pm
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With all the talks about global warming recently, I wonder if many people are even aware of it or have any idea what’s it about. Well, if everybody’s view abut it is the same as an 8 years old’s understanding (melting of the ice in the north pole, Santa’s home specifically), then I think we’re gonna have a big problem. But what is global warming in the first place? According to experts (wikipedia expert), it is the increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-twentieth century. Mostly, greenhouse gases are responsible for this, a process by which absorption and emission of infrared radiation by atmospheric gases warm a planet’s lower atmosphere and surface.

In response to this phenomenon, environmental organizations, governments and other concerned people have implemented ways to mitigate the causes and effects of global warming. In most ways, this includes a change in people’s lifestyle and consumption such as the simple act of turning off and unplugging appliances when not in use. Climate experts have concluded that global warming is almost certainly human caused, so I guess, it is up to us if we want to save this world or not.