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    There is much concern about ecological consequences of night time light pollution. There are five main management techniques for decreasing artificial light pollution. They are: preventing areas from being

    How to fight against light pollution

    There is much concern about ecological consequences of night time light pollution. There are five main management techniques for decreasing artificial light pollution. They are: preventing areas from being artificially lit, limiting the duration of lighting, reducing the personas...

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    • I love this topic! i’m very passionate about protecting and preserving the environment. i love how you made this local; it made the issue feel more important. keep up the good work!

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    Light pollution is a serious problem that threatens the environment and makes it difficult to see the stars.In addition, the fuel needed to generate electricity contributes to smog, acid rain, and greenhouse

    Bring Back the Night

    Light pollution is a serious problem that threatens the environment and makes it difficult to see the stars.In addition, the fuel needed to generate electricity contributes to smog, acid rain, and greenhouse gases. About 30 years ago astronomers began to...

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    • I was really shocked by your findings Olivia. I knew light pollution affects being able to see stars in the night (unless you go to a rural area) but I was unaware off the negative influence on wildlife. I’m really interested in seeing what else you may be able to find including even solutions to light pollution.

    • Olivia I really enjoyed your article. I think it was well researched, and the statistics are very interesting. It is frightening to hear about the negative influences wildlife are experiencing. However, I am happy to hear that organizations are working to combat this. It isn’t a very well known threat, so thank you for educating me about it. I look forward to hearing more.

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    Climate change has been a hot topic in the news for a while now and you often see various “go green” campaigns encouraging people to be more conscious of how they affect the earth. But how much do these eff

    Is it too late to stop climate change?

    Climate change has been a hot topic in the news for a while now and you often see various “go green” campaigns encouraging people to be more conscious of how they affect the earth. But how much do these...

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    • Although climate change is a very real and scary thing, you post offers me a little hope. I hope that it is not too late to stop the Earth from deteriorating to levels we cannot come back from. It is nice to know that a few small actions that anyone can do can make a difference. I will be sure to instate some into my life. Thanks for this post. It is well researched and written, and I look forward to hearing more about this subject!

    • Olivia, I am interested to know what the long-term effects of climate change are. I’ve always heard that temperatures are increasing so drastically that the polar ice caps will melt and flood the earth. Is that right? Also, what’s the deal with recycling? I heard it doesn’t help at all. Is that true too? Should I just stop recycling then? I’ve heard so many different sides of this issue and the info seem to be changing daily; I really don’t know what to believe. I’ll try to do what you recommended but from what you say and from what little we are doing to change right now, I feel like I should start investing in a scuba suit or trying to grow gills.

    • Olivia, so far your research is really great! Climate change is a very real and scary thing that seems hopeless. I’m curious to see what more you find out!

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    Christmas is right around the corner, friends. The holiday season is one filled with joy and excitement. You know what brings me joy and excitement? Conspiracy theories. Here’s some Christmas conspiracy theories

    A Christmas Conspiracy

    Christmas is right around the corner, friends. The holiday season is one filled with joy and excitement. You know what brings me joy and excitement? Conspiracy theories. Here's some Christmas conspiracy theories to spice up your holiday season. Jolly ol' Saint...

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    • This is very interesting. I am a bit of a Scrooge myself and don’t live Christmas, or any holiday for that matter. The Germans have a Christmas tradition that I find pretty funny, der Krampus. Der Krampus punishes bad children by hitting them with sticks and takes them to the Underworld.
      Here’s a link to an article I found explaining the history of the German tradition:
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/

    • Thanks for sharing, Heidi. What a bizarre tradition!

    • Olivia,
      I, too, am a lover of conspiracy theories. To think that Santa Claus might be the anti-Christ blows my mind. Since you brought this to light, I don’t believe I can look at Santa the same way again. One question though, how does Mrs. Claus tie into this? For that matter, how do the reindeer, elves, workshop, and the North Pole tie into this. If you could clear that up for me, I would greatly appreciate it.

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    Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes. Proponents of the death penalty say it is an important tool

    The Death Penalty: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

      Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes. Proponents of the death penalty say it is an important tool for preserving law and order, deters...

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    • I feel that capital punishment or the death penalty is bad. As you said in the letter “They say that it’s an important tool for preserving law and order.” The government also believes in “ an eye for an eye”, but in most cases race plays into the issue. A white person could kill a black person and no justice would be done, but a black person could kill a white person and have the whole world against them.

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  • It’s interesting reading about gun issues from the perspective of youth who have experienced violence firsthand. Gun violence is a crucial issue that needs to be addressed and fixed.

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    Why do flamingos stand on one leg?
    Flamingos are known to stand on one leg for hours at a time, even on windy days. Scientists are unable to come to a consensus on why this occurs, but multiple studies have been

    A Leg to Stand On

    Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Flamingos are known to stand on one leg for hours at a time, even on windy days. Scientists are unable to come to a consensus on why this occurs, but multiple studies have...

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