Friday, June 17, 2011

Scientific Research For A Better Environment

Redondo Beach - King Harbor signImage via Wikipediaby Tom Mc Carrick

Decades back, it was wonderful how we all rejoiced in having a clean, friendly and healthy environment. Today, our environment is slowly deteriorating; just look at the global warming issues in many countries.

Thus, it is important to take good of the environment around you so that you will get the best out of it today and in the days to come. It is common knowledge that without proper care for our environment, we endanger the lives of humanity, animals and the plants.

The environment is the source of livelihood for all that exists under the skies. There are many ways that have been identified through which you can join in taking good care of our environment. The key source of these wonderful tactics is scientific research. With the knowledge that is taught in schools, colleges and universities, we find new ways to look after our environment better.

Harmful substances

There are substances that are produced mostly by machines which are harmful to the environment. It would be difficult for you to understand which ones of these substances are harmful were it not for scientific knowledge. However, this does not mean that you have to possess the highest level of knowledge so as to be able to know which substances are harmful to the environment.

There are reference materials that have been developed which will enable you to identify harmful substances. The most common things that affect the environment include smoke from factories, vehicles and other machines. It contains toxic substances that pollute the air and affect the health of people, animals and plants alike.

Marine life

Recently, there was the case of sardines that were killed in masses at Redondo Beach in California. Scientific research showed that the sardines could have died as a result of neurotoxins in the waters that affected them to adopt an unusual swimming behavior which made them swim into harbor where they died of suffocation.

Generally, the amount of soluble oxygen at the harbor is low and was made worse by the fact that there were so many sardines piled up in one area. Sadly, this could have been avoided if the neurotoxins had been prevented from contaminating the waters. The sardines could still be swimming happily in the waters. However, this case led to a lesson learnt since scientific research has proven the cause of the death and this knowledge can be applied for potential similar cases in the future.

The way forward

It is important to embrace research as the best way to forge forward in our efforts to conserve the environment. It is only with good scientific knowledge as well as research that the people will be able to tackle the ever emerging new challenges in the conservation of our environment.

Tom Mc Carrick hosts Scientific Knowledge, a website where you can find out about topics such as scientific research

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