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A Case For Environmental Sustainability

May 4, 2011

It has become common knowledge today that the environment that we live in has come under threat. The threat in question comes from both acts of man and so many others way beyond our control. However, in as much as there are so many causes of environmental degradation, humankind still remains the main contributor to environmental degradation. This is a wastewater treatment service.

It is even estimated that should we fail to come up with strategies to properly mitigate the effects of environmental degradation, the surroundings that we live in might soon be unable to properly sustain and support human life, or even that of other important organisms that make the ecosystem complete.… Read the rest

Lessons From The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

April 28, 2011

After the Chernobyl nuclear accident more than 2 decades ago, we all thought that sufficient safety precautions were taken to prevent any future nuclear accidents. Well, it has happened again – this time in Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station. Some may argue that Chernobyl was due to human error, which could have been avoided; whereas Fukushima’s case was an act of nature, which was neither anticipated, let alone thought possible. The question that stands out then is, “Is it really possible to build a nuclear reactor that is completely safe, so as to eliminate all possible nuclear accidents in future?”

For or Against Nuclear Energy

Critics of nuclear technology have been quick to point out that it is impossible to secure nuclear power plants, and even going to the extent of citing the cases of Windscale (UK) in 1957, Three Mile Island (US) in 1979, Chernobyl (USSR) in 1986, and the most recent Fukushima (Japan).… Read the rest

Effects of Acid Rain On The Environment

April 27, 2011

The term “acid rain” is used to describe a phenomenon, whereby, there is deposition of acidic matter from the atmosphere. The deposition is normally in two forms; either wet or dry, depending on the atmospheric conditions. Dry deposition occurs in the form of acidic dust and gas, and is common in dry atmospheric conditions. Wet deposition, on the other hand, is common in wet climatic areas, and is experienced in the form of acid rain, acid snow, or acid fog. The overall impact on the environment, by these acidic depositions are influenced by several factors, key among them the pH of the deposition, the capacity of the soils and plant cover to buffer, and the different organisms whose livelihood depends on the water.… Read the rest

Comparing The Fukushima and Chernobyl Nuclear Disasters

April 26, 2011

As Ukraine marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, it is ironic that the world has experienced yet another nuclear disaster; Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. Although, it is yet to be seen whether or not, the magnitude of the Fukushima plant disaster will match that of the Chernobyl disaster; the two disasters seem to be very different, in terms of the cause and design. The only similarities seem to be the impact that both disasters have caused to the environment and the population living around the affected areas.

Of great significance is the upgrading of the Fukushima incident to level 7, the most severe rating on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale.… Read the rest

Environmental Degradation

April 22, 2011

This is deterioration of environment through depletion of resources such as air, water, and soil; the destruction of ecosystem and the extinction of wildlife. The United Nation’s High-level Caution panel has identified 10 threats with environmental degradation topping the list. These are;

• Environmental degradation
• Genocide
• Infectious diseases
• Interstate war
• Civil war
• Poverty
• Other atrocities {e.g. trade in women and children for sexual slavery}
• Terrorism
• Weapon for mass destruction
• Transnational organized crime

Environment degradation is of many types. When natural habitats are destroyed or natural resources are depleted, the environment is degraded.… Read the rest