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Language Arts Learning Activity

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FC: Protecting our Earth | By: Lauren Savinelli

1: Pollution is causing global destruction. It is our job to recognize this and make changes.

2: The Greenhouse Effect While atmospheric gases helps to keep the Earth warm, too much greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, traps some energy released by the planet. This causes the Earth's temperatures to rise, making the planet warmer. One contributing factor to the elevated levels of carbon dioxide is the use of fossil fuels by humans. Called the greenhouse effect, this phenomenon has a definite impact on our natural environment. Not only does this raises the Earth's temperatures, it also contributes to climate change.

4: Air Pollution

5: As more gases and chemicals enter the atmosphere, it can affect air quality. Air pollution not only contributes to smog levels, but has a negative impact on human health. Those with lung and heart conditions as well as young children may find themselves vulnerable and sensitive to the effects of smog. Smog can affect a person's breathing and their ability to perform tasks on heavy smog days. Smog isn't always visible. Heed smog advisories by limiting the amount of time you spend outdoors. |

6: Sometimes pollution is unintentional!

7: The 2011 tsunami in Japan created a 70-mile-long island of debris, which is floating out into the Pacific Ocean. The debris is made up of houses, plastics, bodies, cars, and radioactive waste. Experts estimate that it will reach Hawaii in two years and the U.S. West Coast a year later. |

8: Fourteen billion pounds of garbage, mostly plastic, is dumped into the ocean every year | Pollution in China alters the weather in the United States. It takes just five days for the jet stream to carry heavy air pollution from China to the U.S. Once in the atmosphere over the U.S., the pollution stops clouds from producing rain and snow—i.e., more pollution equals less precipitation | Each person in the U.S. produces about 4 pounds (2 kg) of garbage a day | For every 1 million tons of oil that is shipped, about 1 ton is spilled.

9: Over 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic waste per year. Over 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish are killed per year due to pollution | A 2010 study found that children in families who live near freeways are twice as likely to have autism as kids who live farther away from freeways. Scientists believe the increased risk is due to exposure to pollutants given off by freeway traffic. | Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. waters. |

10: Is this acceptable?

12: We | can | change

13: the world!

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