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One of the planet’s largest ecosystems is brewing in controversy: is manmade pollution impacting the oceans?  Recent studies have shown that marine degradation is rapidly accelerating with thousands of tons of waste such as sewage, oil, chemicals, and mostly plastic, entering the oceans every day creating trash vortexes. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest of all and spans from Japan to the West Coast of the United States.

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$31 billion dollars seems like a large sum of money, doesn’t it? This is the cost of the amount of all of the produced food that goes straight into the garbage every year in Canada. Food production has intense environmental impacts such as land degradation from farming practices, and air and water pollution from fertilizers, yet we still see billions of dollars of uneaten food thrown in the garbage. CBC’s “Market Place” sent investigative reporters to check out what super markets are throwing away.

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Brenden Knapp CMC 243.61 HW WK 10: Podcast Script 11/2/16     Podcast: Managing the Great Lakes   Intro   - The Instrumental for “Bill Nye the Science Guy” show theme song ( 15 Seconds)  

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In North America, we are guilty for consuming more resources than required. Canada ranks in the top ten countries that consume the most water in the world. The Vancouver Sun recently released an article titled ‘Canadians rank among worlds top water hogs”.  This article serves a strong purpose in raising awareness of this issue to Canadians, specifically Vancouverites, and promoting lower consumption of water. The article offers methods of reducing water usage that other countries have employed.

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CBC News posted an article titled “Beef’s environmental costs called exceptionally high” which connects the idea that our lifestyle choices are essential in determining our impact on the environment. In summary, this article examines the process of beef production and how this dietary choice impacts earth’s processes and our natural resources.

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