About Melissa Weber

Melissa Weber is a social scientist pursuing a PhD. Melissa has a passion for research and writing. She has experience with data collection, data entry, data analysis, and communicating results. She conducts comprehensive literature and research reviews frequently. She's also interested in marine policy, marine tourism, and arctic shipping. Her expertise includes data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of qualitative, quantitative, and spatial data.


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Carbon Footprint

What is a Carbon Footprint & How is it Calculated? (Explained)

Terms like carbon footprint and ecological footprint gained popularity in the 90s as we became more conscious of our impact on the environment. Carbon footprint is the measure of emissions that contribute to climate change, while ecological footprint focuses on measuring the use of space and its impact on the ecosystem. Carbon footprint calculators are… read more

Homesteading

What is Homesteading & How Does it Help the Environment?

Homesteading has garnered increased attention in recent years. As more and more people become increasingly aware and conscious of issues related to food security, health and wellness and the environment, it has prompted the re-emergence of the homesteading lifestyle. The following article will outline everything you need to know about homesteading. What is Homesteading? A… read more

Ocean Plastic

Plastic Pollution in the Ocean: 15 Dirty Facts You Should Know

Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our oceans. Plastics include a range of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials that contain polymers. Plastics gained popularity because of their flexibility and how convenient they are to use. Plastics were thought to solve the waste problem because they are recyclable and reusable. However, while plastics… read more

Beach Pollution

Beach Pollution: Causes and Effects (& Tips for Prevention!)

Marine pollution is a growing problem and concern. Pollution of coastal environments can limit our ability to use beaches for economic and recreational purposes. The majority of the pollution originates from human activities along coastlines and inland. Pollution not only degrades and destroys coastal environments, but a polluted beach can also be a serious health… read more

Logging

Human Interaction with the Environment: Facts You Need to Know!

Humans depend on the environment for survival and are connected to the environment. The interaction between humans and the environment has evolved and transformed over time. As society transitioned from hunting and gathering to a farming society and from nomadic lifestyles to sedentary lifestyles, the impact associated with human environmental interactions evolved. Human-environmental interactions are… read more

Fracking

Is Fracking Bad for the Environment? (All You Need to Know!)

Fracking has been used to extract oil and gas in the United States since 1947. In the past few years, fracking has received increased attention, especially regarding the environmental impacts associated with it. In the United States, over 1.7 million wells have been completed using the fracking process, producing over seven billion barrels of oil… read more

Invasive Species

Why are Invasive Species Dangerous to the Environment?

Invasive species pose a serious risk to the natural environment. They can cause significant harm and can have devastating effects on ecosystems resulting in huge economic impacts. According to the World Conversation Union, invasive species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. Approximately 42% of threatened or endangered species are at… read more

Propane Tank

Is Propane Bad for the Environment? (Backed by Science)

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is a hydrocarbon gas that is compressed and stored as a liquid. It is both colorless and odorless, although an odor is added for safety reasons. That way, if a leak were to occur, it can be detected. Propane is considered a clean energy source because of… read more

Cardboard Boxes

Can You Recycle Cardboard Boxes? (Explained & Solved!)

All cardboard boxes are 100% recyclable, no matter what condition they are in. However, there are some specific rules and preparation that are required for recycling. The following sections will explain the importance of recycling cardboard boxes, how to prepare them for recycling, and provide insight into how they are recycled. How to Prepare Cardboard… read more

Benefits of Recycling

15 Benefits of Recycling (All You Need to Know!)

Recycling is crucial to the future health of our planet and the conservation of natural resources as neither is infinite. Recycling has many benefits, which can be characterized by the three pillars of sustainability – environment, social and economic. The following sections will delve into some benefits and advantages of recycling in more detail. Top… read more

Upcycling

What is Upcycling & Why is it Important? (Explained)

The three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) seek to cut down on the amount of waste going to landfills, conserve natural resources, and reduce pollution. Upcycling helps to achieve two of the 3 R’s: reduce and reuse. It is a creative and innovative way of giving old or unwanted products and materials a new life… read more

Plastics

Why is Plastic Bad for the Environment? (Easy Explanation)

Plastic is a form of pollution and has become a pressing issue because of its harmful effects on the environment. Plastic is a synthetic material that is cheap, strong, and resistant. Its characteristics make it an appealing material for production and consumption, while those same characteristics are problematic for the environment. Plastic is mass-produced and… read more

Environmental Sustainability

Benefits of Solar Energy to the Environment (Explained)

Solar energy is usable energy that is captured from the sun that can be used in a variety of different ways. It can be used immediately to power a home or it can be stored for later use. Solar is an attractive renewable resource as the sun is one of the world’s most reliable and… read more

Solar Panel

The Advantages & Disadvantages of Solar Energy (Explained)

Solar energy is an emerging technology that captures radiant light and heat from the sun for human consumption. It is a renewable and non-polluting source of energy that can be used to produce electricity. Solar energy has been criticized for its high installation cost and efficiency but has also proved to be beneficial. It is… read more

What Can Be Recycled

What is Recycling & Why is it Important? (Explained)

In our consumer-driven society, recycling is a critical aspect of achieving sustainability. Recycling is one of the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle), which seeks to lower the amount of waste generated within our society. Read on to fully understand the definition of recycling, its importance, its benefits, and insight on how does it helps… read more