Happy Earth Day

studentThis Sunday was Earth Day.  What did you do to celebrate the Earth?  EPA attended many educational events…maybe we saw you in your hometown!  Check out these links below to find out what happened and what you can still do!

Watch the EPA YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdwC03n2whQ&list=UUlUC_8c_F3aBmwME-dNfvKg&feature=plcp

Take the EPA Greenquest challenge! http://www.epa.gov/greenquest/

Learn what you can do: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/take-action.html

Hope you had a great Earth Day and protect the environment Every Day.

Wendy Dew is the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator for Region 8 in Denver, Colorado

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Knowing is Half the Battle

March in Chicago is usually cold and wet (averaging 45 degrees, rainy, and cloudy).  In fact, last March we had a few feet of snow and white out conditions. This March was completely different.  We’ve had much warmer temperatures – 80 degrees and sunny!

While it may seem like a change from blustery March days, I wonder about the long term effect it has on crops, other species and the environment as a whole. Over time, what does it mean for us, other species, and the environment’s long term survival?

Weather is a daily condition of the atmosphere with regards to temperature, moisture, etc. Climate is the long term average of weather conditions over time. Climate change is a little trickier to understand. I found a video from EPA and other federal agencies that helps explain it and its effects on wildlife.

Go to the EPA’s YouTube channel link to learn more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drINEQFXbPY&feature=plcp&context=C4beef48VDvjVQa1PpcFPdEiR2Xqqsvd7uDyTR4nA1rRFaioPyHik%3D

Knowing is half the battle!

Yvonne Gonzalez is a SCEP intern with the Air and Radiation Division in Region 5.  She is currently pursuing a dual graduate degree at DePaul University

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