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Environmental Issues

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

 

Use this page to post about ONE environmental issue you have researched.

-Explain how the issue you picked is affecting the environment

-Be persuasive in your blog, explaining what we should do differently improve the situation

-Remember to check your punctuation before posting

Challenge: Read two other posts and comment on the issues raised

116 Comments

  1. Lily

    July 7, 2014 @ 3:27 pm          Reply

    Deforestation-fact file

    Deforestation is cutting,clearing and removal of rainforest.

    The causes of deforestation are logging, mining oil and gas extraction, cattle ranching, agriculture, cash crops, local and internal factors. ( development, government and civil wars)

    Largest rainforest worldwide –
    Amazon basin
    Congo river basin
    south East Asia
    New Guinea
    Madagascar

    Loss of rainforest
    Brazil has lost the most having the highest annual rate it has lost 90-95% of its rainforest.
    Phillppeanes has lost 90%
    Madagasgar has lost 95%
    Sumatra only has 15% of its rainforest left.

    That makes feel sorry for all the animals and people. Soon we will have no rainforests left. :(“””

  2. Ben f

    June 29, 2014 @ 7:17 pm          Reply

    Deforestation:
    deforestation is when humans destroy area`s of woodland,if we dont stop lot`s of species will die out.It is caused when we cut down trees to create things like wooden homes,floors,chairs but we use far to much paper.We can stop deforestation,but everyone has to do something,so lazy people if you don`t like doing much just re-cycle!!!

  3. Clara

    June 25, 2014 @ 10:37 am          Reply

    Global warming

    Global warming is caused by fossil fuels burning which can unfortunatley lead to the world becoming warmer. We make this happen and only we can make this stop. I think the government should spend more money on preventing global warming so the world can be safer and a better place to live in.

  4. Sophie h

    June 25, 2014 @ 10:34 am          Reply

    Air pollution

    There is a protective blanket surrounding the earth but air pollution is breaking a hole in the protective blanket and the sun is so hot the sun will come through the hole and it will burn our skin and possibly give us skin cancer.

  5. Lily

    June 25, 2014 @ 10:06 am          Reply

    Deforistaishon is when trees are being chopde down .
    It’s effecting the envirment fore all the animals that in the trees.
    The trees Prius oxsogon and if we downt have eney oxsogon life wud be hard.

  6. Harrison

    June 25, 2014 @ 10:04 am          Reply

    Pollution
    Pollution is affecting us by killing the worlds fish an animals like cows and pigs.Without fish and animals we won’t be able to survive. The animals are dying because of pollution by cars as well as water being polluted by oil. It is killing plants which animals feed of to survive. Sometimes the sea gets polluted by oil spills wich kill the fish. Some animals eat fish so without them some animals won’t survive.

  7. Andrea

    June 25, 2014 @ 9:56 am          Reply

    A flood is an over flow of water that submerges land which is usually dry. In the sence of flowing water, the world may also be applied to the inflo of the tide

  8. Imogen

    June 25, 2014 @ 9:54 am          Reply

    Melting ice-caps

    In 2007, a united nationals panel of 2500 scientists from
    130 countries concluded that ice-caps will probably be
    completely melted by the year 2100.

  9. Andrea

    June 25, 2014 @ 9:49 am          Reply

    Droughts is an extended period when a region receives a defencicy in its water supply wheather,atmosphic,surface or ground water

  10. alex

    June 25, 2014 @ 7:27 am          Reply

    Deforestation

    Deforestation occurs when trees are cut down which results in animals losing their habitat. We need trees as much as any other animal does, because they convert CO2 into oxygen. We need oxygen to breathe otherwise we would not get enough energy to our lungs to pump blood round our bodies, resulting in many species of animals, including us, to die. Using their roots, trees keep the ground together in torrential rain. Also they hold a lot of water inside them which helps prevent floods from destroying towns. Deforestation happens mostly in poor part of the world to clear land to grow crops. Often the trees donโ€™t get replaced and some trees take hundreds of years to grow back again, e.g. mahogany. I think for every one tree that is chopped down they must plant three more.

  11. Liam

    June 24, 2014 @ 7:17 am          Reply

    GLOBAL WARMING

    Global warming will cause the ice caps to melt and then the sea levels will rise.
    If this continues; Britain, along with several other islands will be under the sea because the sea levels will rise over Britain.

  12. Joshua T

    June 23, 2014 @ 9:15 pm          Reply

    GLOBAL WARMING
    is causing the sea levels to rise around 3mm per year worldwide. This is mainly because of the ice caps melting. People are using more chemicals and creating global changes such as cutting down trees. What we can do to help is to stop using aerosoles and stop cutting down trees when we don’t need to. We should stop using sprays on our body’s and air freshener as these contain unatural chemicals. And any trees we cut down should replaced straight away. If companies stopped being allowed to make aerosole products then people wouldn’t be able to buy them. The,awshould change in factory’s to stop them making products that are damaging our world. And stop global warming before it is too late.

  13. sara

    June 23, 2014 @ 8:30 pm          Reply

    Greenhouse Gases

    A greenhouse gas is a gas in the atmosphere that absorbs and emits within the thermal infrared range. Greenhouse gases greatly effect the temprature of the earth. The burning of fossil fuels and deforestation has contributed in increasing the temprature by 40% and could affect the lives of 3 billion people worldwide. So we use less cars and stop cutting down huge amounts of forests!!

  14. JOSH A

    June 23, 2014 @ 7:21 pm          Reply

    The climate is changing. The earth is warming up, and there is now overwhelming scientific consensus that it is happening, and human-induced. With global warming on the increase and species and their habitats on the decrease, chances for ecosystems to adapt naturally are diminishing. Many are agreed that climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet. Recent years show increasing temperatures in various regions, and/or increasing extremities in weather patterns.

  15. Charlie

    June 23, 2014 @ 7:16 pm          Reply

    Ice caps melting
    If they ice caps melt it can cause rising sea levels up to 6-8 inches over the last 100 years.
    Ice caps melting are mostly caused by global warming or they sea temperatures changing.
    If this continues the hole of Britten might flood and also so some other islands in the world!
    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  16. Lewis McC

    June 23, 2014 @ 6:50 pm          Reply

    Deforestation
    This is when people cut down trees for wood.
    But sadly this affects the animals living there, it makes a dramatic difference to their lives and ours. It causes soil erosion, loss of habitat and food. Trees produce oxygen and without that we would be dead, they also absorb carbon dioxide which reduces global warming. Trees have a life just like us so why do we take it?

    • Lewis McC

      June 23, 2014 @ 7:09 pm          Reply

      To slow down deforestation we need to plant more trees and protect the rainforest by law!
      ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ellie

    June 23, 2014 @ 6:36 pm          Reply

    Deforestation

    Deforestation is where people chop down trees to make money by selling the timber. People also clear large areas of forest to create land to farm and breed cattle.

    Huge areas of rainforest are destroyed yearly in the amazon, Brazil. In the last ten year humans have cut down areas of the rainforest that are equivalent in size to Spain.

    Carbon dioxide and other poisonous gases are created from factories, car emissions etc. Trees do a fantastic job of taking in carbon dioxide and letting out clean oxygen for us to breath.

    Rainforests are also very important for animals that live there. If we cut down the trees we destroy the habitat for many animals leading to extinction.

  18. Charlotte

    June 23, 2014 @ 6:16 pm          Reply

    Sea Levels Rising
    When the temperature rises it causes the water in the sea to expand, which makes the sea levels rise .Rising of sea levels in also caused by melting of ice sheets . To prevent this we could stop burning coal and oil and cutting down tropical forests.

  19. Sam

    June 23, 2014 @ 6:13 pm          Reply

    DEFORESTATION
    Deforestation is when we cut down trees and destroy forests and this means that may habitats will be destroyed and species will be lost…
    Also we will get less oxygen and all this is just for land and money. So you need to hep now and decrease the rate of eigthteen million acres of trees being cut down a year.
    Thank you.

  20. Jodie

    June 23, 2014 @ 6:05 pm          Reply

    DEFORESTATION
    this has been going on for hundreds of years. This means that we are loosing our forests which can be devastating. Forests absorb carbon emissions and let out oxygen which we need to survive. Every different type of food all comes from a plant at the start of its stage. Meat, say it was a cow well you couldn’t eat cow because that feeds on grass and if we have no trees or grass then we wouldn’t be able to have meat. Sweats, even sweets and chocolate would not exist because you need sugar for sweats and that comes from a sugar cane and that is a plant and coco beans grow on a tree and there wouldn’t be any food on the planet, there for we wouldn’t survive and there wouldn’t be any living thing on earth!

  21. Daisy G

    June 23, 2014 @ 4:01 pm          Reply

    Green house gases keep heat to the Earth’ s surface making it liveable for humans and animals.

  22. Fin

    June 23, 2014 @ 3:33 pm          Reply

    Deforestation
    Deforestation is when people come and cut down trees and forests to make money. Unfortunately it’s destroying the animals habitat so they will have nowhere to live. If the trees are all cut down we won’t be able to breath because there won’t be any oxygen. If we continue to cut down trees the 31% of forests will have gone. Also it’s destroying nature. Some trees have fruits on such as apples and we are cutting them down so it’s wasting food. So to save the habitat we need to start planting more trees and not to waste paper.

  23. Maddy

    June 23, 2014 @ 3:12 pm          Reply

    Global warming, global warming is when there is an increase in the temperature in the earths atmosphere great enough to causes changes in global climate.
    Acid rain, precipitation, rain, sleet or snow containing acid forming chemicals as the pollution from coal smoke

  24. libby

    June 23, 2014 @ 2:49 pm          Reply

    floods

    global warming is to blame for floods, because its makes the ice caps melt andthe sea leverls rise. It is affecting are enviroment, because it is damaging are homes and all the things we own and it is damaging are trees.There is two ways to stop flooding,
    1. put floodgates on the windows and doors.
    2. is to stop global warming and that is to turn off taps whilst your brushing or only have a few minutes in the shower
    so help!!!!!

  25. Sophie b

    June 23, 2014 @ 2:48 pm          Reply

    Global warming
    Global warming can be caused by too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere forming a blanket, which traps heat so the planet warms up. You can reduce the carbon dioxide by not keeping electric appliances on when you don’t need them, and also not driving as much.

  26. Oliver

    June 23, 2014 @ 12:45 pm          Reply

    Holes In The Ozone Layer

    Holes in the ozone layer is a common environmental term you may hear. The Earth has a blanket surrounding it called the atmosphere consisting of several layers. Although they are considered as “Holes” it is actually just an area where there is little ozone. Carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases all damage the ozone layer. One of the biggest holes in the ozone layer is located above Antartica. The ozone layer is responsible for stopping most of the sun’s UV(Ultra Violet) rays that are harmful to human skin and are the main cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer effects the body by mutating multiple cells in the body. When cells divide this is called growth. For you growing may seem simple. But for your cells it isn’t. When your cells mutate, they have changes that are not normal and are possibly harmful. This is why your cells have a sort of self-destruct system. When they mutate they will just die or your body will kill it. But when there are too many of these “mutated” cells your body cannot handle it. The cells divide recklessly resulting in fast growing lumps and tumours. Their self-destruct system fails and we have to do something about it. It may be as simple as having the cancerous lump surgically removed, but you may have to have radiation or chemotherapy. Chemotherapeutic chemicals carry through the blood stream killing the cells, however this also kills your normal cells. Chemotherapeutic chemicals get inside the cells when they divide, hair cells divide fast so more of them will be killed resulting in loss of hair. Cancer cells divide quickly too so they can be killed effectively with chemotherapy. Radiation works by killing the cells where you point it, simple as. Cancer is a devastating disease and if holes in the ozone layer continue we could end up with it.

  27. Anna

    June 22, 2014 @ 6:37 pm          Reply

    For my Eco issue I chose droughts. Droughts occurs when a place receives a deficiency of its water supply over an extended period. Droughts can be in the atmosphere, on land or in groundwater. Water is very scarce, and we all need to be careful not to use too much. We shouldn’t leave taps running while brushing our teeth and using water carelessly by accidentally leaving hoses on when not needed. Droughts can also be caused by using too much energy, so if possible we should try to walk to school or nearby places rather than using the car. Also this is keeping you fit as well as saving the environment.

  28. chloe

    June 22, 2014 @ 6:36 pm          Reply

    Hole in the Ozone

    The Ozone layer is around the earth to protect us from the suns powerful rays,so that it does not burn us really bad and make sure the plants do not die. We are making holes in it by using gasses such as perfume cans, cars, and the boiler that heats our home.

    We can reduce the harm we are doing to the Ozone layer if we change little things about the way we live our lives. So for spray cans like deodorant we could use ones that are not in pressurised cans. Instead of using the car we could walk, get the bus, get the train or ride our bikes. In our homes we could use the boiler only when we need it and make sure we set the temperature lower so as not to waste money – this would make my dad happy as his bills would be lower.

    Although the things I have said above don’t seem such a big deal, but when you consider that there are 7 billion people living on planet earth, each person would make such a difference and reduce the harm to the Ozone layer if we all helped.

  29. Harrison L

    June 22, 2014 @ 6:22 pm          Reply

    If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.
    Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats.
    So as a conclusion we should plant more colourful flowers or have a wild flower patch to encourage bees into our gardens.

    • Sam

      June 23, 2014 @ 6:15 pm          Reply

      Wow Harrioson great piece of information I never knew bees were so important to mankind.

    • Mrs Sach

      June 24, 2014 @ 5:37 pm          Reply

      Great information Harrison and I like the fact you’ve thought of an issue no-one else has.

  30. harriet

    June 22, 2014 @ 6:20 pm          Reply

    Ozone Layer
    The Ozone Layer is like a huge umbrella 15km off the grounds surface.
    It protects us from UV rays that cause our skin to tan, but too much of this UV can cause skin cancer and also kill our crops!:[.We are not protecting this layer because we are using spray cans, fire extinguishers, old fridges and air conditioners. By using these we are spreading CFC gases which destroy the Ozone Layer.

  31. Annie

    June 22, 2014 @ 6:03 pm          Reply

    Ice caps melting.
    Ice caps melting can be caused by global warming.Some polar bears could be living on them and could loose their homes.This also means that they could become extinct and other animals like penguins could also be extinct. If the ice caps did melt it could mean that there would be more water in the sea so floods can be caused.How do you think you can help?

  32. Joe

    June 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm          Reply

    Brilliant text on flooding Matthew c ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Joe

    June 22, 2014 @ 5:58 pm          Reply

    Well done Spencer that was a very detailed paragraph ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  34. Joe

    June 22, 2014 @ 5:55 pm          Reply

    Deforestation
    Deforestation is the cutting,clearing and removel of rainforests and trees. There are various causes of deforestation including,logging,mining,oil and gas extraction,cattle ranching and cash crops. Some examples of where deforestation has occurred globally include, Brazil which has the biggest annual of deforestation today, Madagascar which has lost 95% of its rainforest,and only 6% of Africa’s forests are protected by law. What we need to do to stop deforestation is to stop cutting down trees, conserve energy and eat less meat! we must continue to keep planting trees.

    • Liam

      June 24, 2014 @ 7:01 am          Reply

      Wow joe that’s some good Information, I didn’t know half of that!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Liam

      June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 am          Reply

      Wow joe that’s some good Information, I didn’t know most of that and I wonder why it’s just Madagascar?

  35. Georgie r

    June 22, 2014 @ 5:47 pm          Reply

    My environmental issue is Global Warming, this is happening now and if we don’t change, the world will change for the worse. One of the issues of global warming is sea level rises causing floods; another issue is that the ice burgs at the both North & South Pole will melt leading to many deaths of animals such as polar bears and seals. Global Warming is caused by burning fuels and too much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, which does a similar job to a blanket of trapping heat and warming the planet.

  36. Alicia

    June 22, 2014 @ 5:42 pm          Reply

    Deforestation

    Forests cover 31% of our land on our planet. If we didn’t have trees it would be a massive loss of habitat for millions of species.
    Deforestation is when trees or forests are cleared in replace of something else, this could occur when trees are burned down, chopped down and blown down. When forests are removed by using heavy machinery, the soil is pushed and the gaps, which are very important to soak up water, are filled in. Because other plants need that water to reach their roots, the conditions become unfriendly to new growth. Because the soil can no longer absorb the water, the rain water stays on top and this can cause serious floods.
    Forests help produce rainfall. The more trees, the more water gets absorbed, the more rain. If the trees disappear then it would cause dryer conditions which will eventually lead to drought.
    We need to save trees!

  37. Matthew C

    June 22, 2014 @ 5:39 pm          Reply

    Flooding is caused by more storms and rainfall. It can also be caused by high stormy tides. More flooding is one of the effects of climate change. It leads to property damage and human injury. Floods can also destroy animal habitats. It costs lots of money to protect against floods. People can build flood barriers to protect areas from rising river and sea levels. The government is not spending enough money on flood defence and needs to spend more. If the polar ice caps were to melt, it will lead to higher sea levels, which will lead to more cases of flooding.

    • Mrs Sach

      June 22, 2014 @ 5:57 pm          Reply

      Did you know Matthew that the National Trust (who looks after a lot of our beaches) plans their flood defences 100 years in advance. That’s what I call being prepared!

    • James

      June 26, 2014 @ 4:07 pm          Reply

      I agree

  38. Molly S

    June 22, 2014 @ 5:34 pm          Reply

    0 ZONE
    The 0 zone layer is a layer of air round the earth that protects us from the sun.
    WITHOUT THE 0 ZONE
    Without the 0 zone we would have deep skin cancer. We need to use less perfume, deoderent and all other types of sprays because these are the things that cause holes in the 0 zone.

  39. Rachael W

    June 22, 2014 @ 5:10 pm          Reply

    I think pollution is the most dangerous issue because it affects people and animals in many different ways.
    Car fumes affect people’s health.
    Rubbish thrown into the sea and rivers kills the creatures that live in water.
    Recycling reduces the amount of pollution by reusing waste products.

  40. Spencer

    June 22, 2014 @ 4:38 pm          Reply

    Global Warming is causing the polar icecaps to melt which tips the water cycle over [so to speak] and that means more rain clouds and unluckily the wind blew those clouds over the British isles mainly down south in places like Somerset and Wiltshire resulting in heavy flooding.
    Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing, and the region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or even earlier. Polar bears and indigenous cultures are already suffering from the sea-ice loss.
    But what can we do? Possibly nothing because some people think that this could be a natural cycle.

  41. Mrs Sach

    June 22, 2014 @ 4:27 pm          Reply

    There are some great comments here- well done everyone.

    Blogging gets really exciting when you start to post to each other so well done to those who have taken the time to read other posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Alex

    June 22, 2014 @ 4:19 pm          Reply

    Deforestation
    Deforestation is clearing the forests on a massive scale,and this often causes damage to the quality of the land.The reasons why the forest are cut down are varied,but most of them are about money or making more farming land.
    Logging operations ,which provide the wood for the worlds paper products also mean that many trees are cut down each year.
    There are many negative environmental issues that happen because of deforestation.The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat across the world for millions of different species.If we destroy the forests most animals that used to live thee won’t be able to survive in the wild.Pandas are a good example of animals whose habitat is being quickly destroyed by deforestation.
    A quick solution to the massive problem of deforestation is to just STOP cutting down trees.Because people understand this we are chopping less trees down now but it’s really not likely that we will ever stop completely chopping down tress.There are just so many people in the world today and we need to feed them!

  43. Holly

    June 22, 2014 @ 4:16 pm          Reply

    Global Warming is when green house gases are realesed, this can damage animals and humans health. The worst impact on this is when it ends , because it causes floods.To prevent this don’t let the green house gases out!.

  44. Anna W

    June 22, 2014 @ 1:46 pm          Reply

    The major changes of climate change are resulting in sudden floods which put many countries in danger.

    A flood occurs in many cases including overflows of water, sudden climate change and one of the most common causes is rising sea levels.

    • Anna W

      June 22, 2014 @ 1:57 pm          Reply

      We can change the floods issues by persuading the authorities to build walls and flood defences in the areas affected, even if it isn’t the best view.

    • Ciara

      June 22, 2014 @ 6:02 pm          Reply

      I agree and I also think the government should spend more money on flood defences

  45. Katie!

    June 22, 2014 @ 1:35 pm          Reply

    For my environmental issue I picked flooding. Flooding is where there is too much water in the wrong place and it canโ€™t soak into the ground because it is too wet. Water can come from rain, rivers or the sea. There is another kind of flood it is called a FLASH FLOOD, it is were the water levels rise really quickly. This can affect transport, communication on your phone when telephone lines are damaged and knock down your house. It can be very dangerous because it can knock you off your feet by just 15cm of fast-flowing water.

    This will affect the environment by ruining crops. It also will make people ill because sewage and fresh water will get mixed up. โ˜น Flooding can move soil and rocks around. This can be good because it can put fresh for growing plants, but can be bad by removing soil or rocks which could lead to house to fall off cliffs or bridges to collapse. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Anna

    June 22, 2014 @ 1:27 pm          Reply

    Wow Daisy, I learnt a lot about the Ozone layer.

  47. Tom W

    June 22, 2014 @ 12:38 pm          Reply

    One issue that worries me is the destruction of the natural sea environments including the reefs and the fish stocks worldwide. The coral reefs are home to thousands of different marine species, including fish, turtles, sea slugs and other creatures with shells. When the reef is damaged and destroyed by fishing, sea pollution and tourism it can take hundreds of years to recover and the life that depends on it will die out.
    Unless we do more to protect the sea and the reefs then fish stocks that provide food for us all will decline even more than now.

    • Matthew C

      June 22, 2014 @ 5:55 pm          Reply

      I agree. This is a serous problem that needs to be stopped. overwise
      no more fish will be alive!

  48. Lucy

    June 22, 2014 @ 12:20 pm          Reply

    Hello, my environmental issue is hole in the o-zone layer.
    The earth is covered in a blanket called the atmosphere this layer is made up of many layers. Around 19-30 kilometres up there is a layer called the o-zone which is made up of oxygen called 03. This layer is very important because it stops the uv rays, people think there is a hole in the o-zone layer and this is often why people get skin cancer because the uv rays is effecting you.

  49. Isabelle

    June 22, 2014 @ 10:34 am          Reply

    Global warming is when we generate different gases from things like
    Cars and Planes. This can an affect the world especially in places
    like Antarctica where it is affecting animals and their habitats.
    it is also bad for people living on the coast of Britain and other places
    as the ice is melting in to water which goes into the sea and makes
    it rise, causing flooding and devastating things. This is why we all need
    to be careful of all the bad gases we use In the world.

  50. Rachael

    June 22, 2014 @ 10:19 am          Reply

    CLIMATE CHANGE

    Climate change is already hot, and also dry,so therefore
    deserts are under threat of becoming hotter and drier to
    climate change. Without water, no plants will grow. Without
    plants the whole food chain, will no longer live.

    Without nature,
    we would be nothing!!

  51. Amber

    June 22, 2014 @ 9:42 am          Reply

    Sea Level Rise
    Sea level rise is when more water comes from various places and runs into the sea, this then fills up the sea and can sometimes cause a flood . Normally the sea level would rise about 3 mm each year. As well as that when ocean water gets warm or hot the water will expand making the sea larger again. Some scientists say that if they had enough money that a quick way to stop impending sea level rise is to cut emissions of short-lived climate warmers such as methane and soot. They are desperately trying to find money to do this but if they donโ€™t the whole earth could end up covered in water and there would be no human life left in the galaxy.

  52. louis

    June 22, 2014 @ 8:26 am          Reply

    Ice caps are melting becuase of global warming and water levels are rising.If we don’t stop global warming polar bears will become extinct,the Arctic ice is getting thinner,melting and rupturing.The largest single block in the Arctic had been around for 3000 years before it started cracking in 2000!

  53. mollie T

    June 20, 2014 @ 6:50 pm          Reply

    Polar Ice Caps – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?
    One of the resons that I know of for causing the ice caps to melt is global warming. It makes them melt from the heat it gives the earth and could cause Britain to go under water. Global warming (that effects the ice caps)has been increasing earths temperature for the last 100years.

    Polar Ice Caps – What Can You do to help?

    If you’re not in a room turn the lights off
    Don’t leave the tv on if you’re not in the room

    Facts about ice caps

    They are a thick layer of snow and ice
    They covers more than 50,000 square killometers

    Why should we take care of the ice caps?
    If we leave the ice caps to melt Britain could go under water
    Polar bears could be gone forever
    Running a natural habitat for all the animals in Antartica ect.
    The ice caps melting is also why we have floods
    FLOODS
    It’s when too much water in caused in the wrong place and it starts to flood. When it happens people are forced out of their homes, because the water is all over their things and sometimes that can be 4 meters deep!
    FLASH FLOODS
    Did you know that a total of 32,047 flash flood/flood events were recorded in 1985โ€“2001. A flash flood is when the river levels rise too fast and it creates a flood. Sometimes people can not even get out of their own home, because it has happened so fast.

    • Mrs Sach

      June 21, 2014 @ 9:54 pm          Reply

      Well done Mollie, a detailed explanation to explain the effects of global warming.

      Watch out for capital letters at the start of your sentences. Read back your writing before posting next time.

    • Daisy

      June 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm          Reply

      WOW Mollie I didn’t realise how dangerous flash floods could be until know!!!!

      :mrgreen:

  54. alfie

    June 20, 2014 @ 4:27 pm          Reply

    climate change

    By 2050,climate change is expected to increase the risk of hunger by
    10%~20% compared to a no~climate change scenario.

  55. Charlie 2

    June 20, 2014 @ 2:40 pm          Reply

    Gales: strong winds cause tree to be up rooted and building’s blown down sometimes even villages.

  56. Jessica

    June 19, 2014 @ 8:03 pm          Reply

    Deforestation

    Deforestation is affecting the environment as animals are losing their homes/habitats every day. The reason is for this is people are not thinking about trees there is such a huge production of paper products, which means too many trees are being cut down every day. You could help by not buying as many paper products and think about your usage of paper donโ€™t waste it! All ways remember to RECYCLE!!!

  57. Daisy

    June 19, 2014 @ 7:16 pm          Reply

    Hello, my environmental issue is holes in the ozone. the reason I picked this environmental issue is because I think it is a big issue that is worrying the human world as we know it.

    The Earth is wrapped in a “blanket” of air called the atmosphere. This is made up of several layers. About 19-30 kilometres above the Earth is a layer of gas called ozone, which is a type of oxygen. Ozone is produced naturally in the atmosphere.

    The ozone layer is very important because it stops too many of the sun’s ‘ultra-violet rays’ (UV rays) getting through to the Earth – these are the rays that cause human skin to tan. Too much UV can cause skin cancer and will also harm all plants and animals. Life on Earth could not exist without the protective ozone layer.

    Every spring, a hole as big as the USA develops in the ozone layer over Antarctica, in the South Pole. A smaller hole develops each year over the Arctic, at the North Pole. Scientists have discovered that the ozone hole over Antarctica started in 1979, and that the ozone layer generally started to get thin in the early 1980s.

    One group of gases is particularly likely to damage the ozone layer. These gases are called CFCs, Chloro-Fluoro-Carbons.

    CFCs are used in some spray cans to force the contents out of the can.

    They are also used in refrigerators, air conditioning systems and some fire extinguishers. They are used because they are not poisonous and do not catch fire.

    Most countries have now stopped using new CFCs that can be released into the atmosphere, but many scientists believe we must stop using old ones as well.

    The ozone layer is like sun cream, and thinning it would mean that more ultra-violet rays would be reaching human life on Earth.

    Too many UV rays would cause more sunburn, and because sunburn causes skin cancer, this too would increase deaths.

    These UV rays are also dangerous for our eyes and could cause an increase in people becoming blind. That is why sun cream and sunglasses are very important.

    There are many things we can do to help reduce air pollution and global warming.

    Use buses and trains instead of cars, as they can carry a lot more people in one journey. This cuts down the amount of pollution produced.

    Walking or cycling whenever you can will be even better, as it does not create any pollution. It will also be good for your body, as regular exercise will keep you fit and healthy.

    If your parents must use the car, ask them to avoid using it for very short journeys if possible, as this creates unnecessary pollution. Try to encourage them to share their journeys with other people, for example when they go to work or go shopping. Also encourage them to drive more slowly as this produces less pollution and less carbon dioxide.

    Energy is produced to generate electricity and to keep us warm. Most energy is produced by the burning of fossil fuels, like coal, oil and gas, which release carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. Fuel burnt in our cars also releases carbon dioxide. As an individual, you do not have a lot of control on how your energy is produced. However, you can control the way in which you use that energy. Using less energy means less of it needs to be produced. So less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

    We can also help prevent pollution from our own homes which may contribute to acid rain and poor air quality, and increases emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Turning off lights when they are not needed and not wasting electricity will reduce the demand for energy. Less electricity will need to be produced and so less coal, oil and gas will have to be burnt in power stations, which means less air pollution and less carbon dioxide!

    Pollution formed indoors can be reduced by ensuring that all gas appliances are working correctly. Good ventilation will improve indoor air quality by dispersing biological pollutants like dust mite, and other pollutants such as cigarette smoke.

    Most of the rubbish we throw away can be recycled, such as glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans, plastic bottles and waste paper.

    Recycling used materials uses less energy than making new ones.

    Composting fruit and vegetable waste reduces the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

    • Mrs Sach

      June 20, 2014 @ 6:09 pm          Reply

      Well done Daisy, a very detailed explanation about the ozone layer and global warming. You’ve suggested lots of things we should do to help improve the situation, which would you say would be the most effective?

      • Daisy

        June 22, 2014 @ 12:13 pm          Reply

        hello, I’m not sure I think they are all as effective as each other but I think the main one would probably be, recycling things and turning off lights, the television, and not leaving appliances on(E.G the fridge door open)when they are not needed. Also installing solar panels will reduce the demand for electricity, this is a very costly solution and doing the other things will be just as effective.

        Daisy B
        :mrgreen:

    • Ciara

      June 22, 2014 @ 6:12 pm          Reply

      I didn’t know how dangerous hole in the ozone can be!โ˜บ

    • Harrison L

      June 22, 2014 @ 6:25 pm          Reply

      I think that was an amazing piece of writing about the ozone layer Daisy. :]

    • libby

      June 23, 2014 @ 2:51 pm          Reply

      wow daisy that is a lot of info

    • Daisy G

      June 23, 2014 @ 4:14 pm          Reply

      WOW that is really good Daisy . Well done.

    • Katie!

      June 24, 2014 @ 5:48 pm          Reply

      WOW Alot info! You must have worked hard!!!

    • Imogen

      June 25, 2014 @ 10:02 am          Reply

      Wow a lot of information but very interesting!!!!!

    • Amber

      June 29, 2014 @ 12:27 pm          Reply

      Wow Daisy your information is really good ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Georgie D

    June 19, 2014 @ 5:13 pm          Reply

    Flooding
    flooding is when there has been some heavy rain and rivers overflow. This can do huge damage to people and people’s homes. It can also damage the environment as it can kill all the grass and plants and also animals.
    This year has probably been the worst year as Somerset has been badly flooded and people have been taken from there homes!!

    • Mrs Sach

      June 20, 2014 @ 6:10 pm          Reply

      What could we do to improve the situation Georgie? I think it’s very upsetting seeing people’s homes being ruined by flood waters.

    • Daisy

      June 22, 2014 @ 12:16 pm          Reply

      hi Georgie I know I watched it on the news it must be devastating for all those people who have to leave their homes because of particularly in Somerset.
      #:-(

      Daisy B
      :mrgreen:

    • Spencer

      June 22, 2014 @ 4:17 pm          Reply

      my cousins live in Salisbury and there was flooding there last January.

  59. Charlie.s

    June 19, 2014 @ 4:56 pm          Reply

    Floods are caused by gloabal warming.Gloabal warming melts ice caps.Then the water flows in to the sea causing more rain to fall.Floods have efected houses and crops in southern England.

    • Mrs Sach

      June 20, 2014 @ 6:11 pm          Reply

      What could we do to improve the situation Charlie?

    • Matthew C

      June 22, 2014 @ 6:07 pm          Reply

      did you know Charlie the Government is not spending enough money on flood defence. this could be a major issue in the future.

  60. James S

    June 18, 2014 @ 5:20 pm          Reply

    Deforestation

    Deforestation is when people chop down trees to make money. It affects the wildlife because trees are homes to animals and they provide food for them. We could loose the rainforest in the next few years then animals may become extinct.
    So we could try to plant more trees. It might be difficult to get people in other countries to stop cutting down trees because they are poor and need the money.
    Maybe we could lend these people more money so they do not need to chop down so many trees.

    • Mrs Sach

      June 20, 2014 @ 6:14 pm          Reply

      Did you know James that one of the biggest reasons for chopping down the trees in the rainforests is to make space for cattle. We can also make sure we don’t buy products with palm oil in as this is another reason for deforestation.

      • Spencer

        June 22, 2014 @ 4:52 pm          Reply

        Increased meat eating has followed rising affluence in many parts of the world. China’s levels doubled between 1990 and 2002 in 1961 the Chinese consumed 3.6 kilograms per person but by 2002 they reached 52.4 kilograms each. Clearing rain-forests for cattle is estimated to produce a staggering 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions!

    • Matthew C

      June 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm          Reply

      Hi James. I think deforestation should be stopped. It destroys animals homes and they should keep the forests as a natural habitat.

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