June 12

Salt Storms In Central Asia

Salt Storms in Central Asia

The Aral Sea in Central Asia has dried up. The drying up has been going on for almost 40 years. The lake was a big fishing spot and many of the towns near the coast relied on fish to make a living. This drying happened because of us.

Causes

The drying up happened because the people diverted the two rivers flowing into the lake. Those rivers were the reason the lake didn’t dry up earlier, but when the people diverted the water to irrigate cotton farms elsewhere, which means that all the water evaporating from the sea wasn’t going to be replaced by the water from the rivers and there was a drought recently which meant that most of the water wasn’t going to get replaced by rain.

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Effects

The effects of this disaster are very bad. The salt left from the sea is blowing into towns nearby. The salt gets on to the grass and because there is a lot of salt, the grass becomes salty. When, livestock eat it they get sick and will most likely die. They towns near the coast have no way of getting fresh fish. Many people lose their job because of the shrinking of the lake. Some towns will have no water.

April 11

Orange Snow Covers Most of Eastern Europe

Orange Snow In Europe

Recently people in eastern Europe got to see a very strange and rare sight. Orange snow fell on many parts of Russia, Bulgaria, Greece and the Ukraine. But this isn’t the first time this happened. Meteorologists say this usually happens every five years or so.

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How it happened

This orange snow was caused by sandstorms in the Sahara desert in Africa. The sandstorms sometimes make a lot of sand and dust to be picked up and swept into the atmosphere. The sand then drifted across all the way to Europe where it mixed with the snow and rain.Image result for saharan dust storm

Conclusion

Many people were amazed by the orange snow. Many people skied, snowboarded and did other stuff with the snow. Some people even said it was like skiing on mars. But make sure you don’t fall down, unless you want a mouthful of sand.   

 

March 11

Would you eat lab-grown meat?

 Article = Would you eat lab grown meat?

Source = youngzine

Article date = Feb 15, 2018

Author = Alexis

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Summary =  Lab-grown meat also known as clean meat may be the meat of the future. Studies show that our usual way of getting meat takes up 30% of the world’s land.  Lab grown meat takes up 99% less land, 96% less greenhouse gas emissions, 90% less water and doesn’t kill the animal.

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How to make a lab grown hamburger

Lab grown meat is made by removing adult stem cells from a cow, which is said to be a painless procedure, then they separate the fat cells from the muscle cells. They use the muscle cells to grow the meat. The muscle cells are then placed in an artificial environment also know as a cell culture. In order to grow the cell needs amino acids and carbohydrates. One muscle cell could grow into millions of cells resulting in many hamburgers or whatever kind of meat you are trying to grow. Five years ago a lab grown hamburger cost $325,000 now the price has been reduced to $11.

What does it lab grown meat taste like ?

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Lab grown meat is right now made just out of muscle so it is not as fatty as a regular hamburger. Scientist who make lab-grown meat are trying to put healthy fats and imitation blood into the meat to make the meat taste more like regular meat.

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Conclusion

I think we should eat lab-grown meat. Studies also show that one-third of the public is in favor of lab-grown meat. Remember, lab-grown meat is not only good for the environment, it is also good for us, eating lab-grown meat means that we less likely to get antibiotic resistance from eating meat because lab-grown meat is not grown near antibiotics. Eating lab-grown meat also is made in a cleaner environment than outdoor farms, there for the risk of contamination from bacteria is thus eliminated.