Week 8: HOX ZODIAC and trash burning

I attended the HOX ZODIAC last night with my girlfriend. I served rabbit, ox, snake, dragon, and rat. It was an excellent evening. Many of the patrions were very excited to know what sign the food was representitive of and constatly looking out for their sign. My girlfriend was also a volunteered and helped Victoria’s daughter in assembling the plates and drinks. It was a really nice time with a variety of attendies. It was an excellent Saturday night for a long weekend. 

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Source: My iPhone

 

My midterm was centered around globalization and the effects of the current modalities used on our global environment. As such, I did not do any research into plastics specifically. When contemplating the different issues discussed, I wanted to determine what was left undiscussed or under discussed by our class. We have had a quarter that has looked comprehensively into plastics and their effects on our earth, but one area stood out to me as being left a little untouched. We did have small discussions around trash burning, but not in-depth discussions on the effects of trash burning on global climate change. In addition, due to the amount of plastic being sent to trash, there is more than likely a significant amount that gets burned alongside the other waste. I would like my addition to the book to be on trash burning and how trash burning is contributing to environmental issues.

It was reported in 2014 that more than 40% of global waste is burned. The statistic is a more conservative estimate due to trash burning that goes unregulated and unreported. Here are the facts: most of air pollution is due to burning trash, trash that includes plastic, and 29% of particulate matter that can penetrate lungs come from trash burning. In addition, 10% of toxic mercury emissions result from trash burning. Burning trash as an energy source seems like a decent solution but high-temperature fires emit more carbon than coal plants. The rising CO2 levels are the number one cause of global climate change. Global climate change has also affected the temperature of our oceans. In fact, there has been a 2ºC increase in ocean surface temperatures. Trash burning seems to be a stone slightly under turned in our discussions and I would like to tackle this issue in our plastic book. In addition, I would like to look at the effects of global climate change on our ocean temperatures and those effects on ocean ecosystems.

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Photo credit: Ted Christian 

 

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