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Splendor in the Grass

If a blade of grass is cut in half and you looked at it with the naked eye, you'll see more green grass. But under a microscope, you’ll see tiny structures containing even tinier parts!      Every blade of grass contains millions of plump elongated cells call chloroplasts. Their job is to make food because grass can't hunt for its food.  Their secret recipe is a combination of sunlight and carbon dioxide which creates energy!  A pigment called chlorophyll is what gives grass it's green color and you all know that green is our favorite color!!     But the "grass isn't always greener on the other side."  In the winter and sometimes even in the summer, it can turn brown or yellow.  That's because there...

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Light Pollution

We’re all aware of air, water and ground pollution but did you know about light pollution?  Light pollution is the excess use of artificial light and can have serious consequences for mankind, wildlife and even our climate. Light pollution did not exist billions of years ago when our planet’s light source was the sun, the moon and the stars.  As industry advanced, it generated light pollution from street lights, commercial building, factories, sports venues…you get the idea.  These sources tend to use lighting inefficiently and the electricity generated to power this lighting is being wasted. According to the IDA - International Dark-Sky Association, there are several components of light pollution. Glare– excessive brightness that causes visual discomfort and cause safety...

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Did you know that the very first Earth Day was on April, 22, 1970?  It is now 2021 and the Earth Day holiday is 51 years old! The mission of this holiday was to educate the public about environmental issues and to force these issues onto a national agenda. In 1962, Rachel Carson’s best seller Silent Spring brought attention to the dangers of pesticide use and in  1969, a fire on the Cuyahog River near Cleveland brought chemical waste disposal to the forefront. Before that time there was no such thing as the EPA, no Clean Air or Water act, and no legal or regulatory protections in place for our environment.  Thanks to Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson,  who was one...

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