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The Impact of A Sip of Coffee

Written by: Erin Yoo Each morning, my dad would prepare a cup of coffee in his Thermos to take to work. It is a decades-old habit, as steady as the sun rising and setting, that he shares with billions of other people around the world

The Cobalt Industry and Sustainable Equality

Written by: Erin Yoo Its name comes from the “kobolds,” or underground sprites, that were believed to be the cause of poisonous fumes that German miners encountered while mining ore (The Chemistry, n.d.). Later, after miners and scientists realized that the magical creatures from local

Aquaponics: An Emerging Method for Food Sustainability

Written by: Erin Yoo In the United States alone, seventeen million families cannot afford to put food on the table each day (Pont, 2021). In fact, food security is a global problem that is becoming a bigger threat to human health and sustainable living every

The Overlooked Labor of Tree Planters

Written by: Erin Yoo By now, most people have heard of ambitious goals in reforesting the planet. Perhaps the most famous of these efforts is the Trillion Trees Initiative, which was a global attempt to restore and plant not one million, not one billion, but

Ending the Use of Oil and Preventing Oil Spills

Written by Erin Yoo How does the world respond to an existential threat? Historically, governments and leaders have come together to sign promise treaties to prevent these threats. For example, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was drafted and signed by the five

The Danger of Forever Chemicals

Written by: Erin Yoo What started out as a modern scientific milestone and miracle is now a cause for concern, with some labeling it a crisis. They are currently present in 99% of Americans, causing serious health problems for many (“The ‘Forever Chemicals’”; Perkins, 2020).

The Spread of Microplastics

Written by: Erin Yoo The world has gone plastic. By 2050, experts predict that 12 billion metric tons of plastic will have been thrown away. After all, from 1950 to 2015, over 6 billion tons of plastic have been produced, of which about 80% currently

Beating HIV: The Pursuit of HIV/AIDS Treatments and Research

Written by: Erin Yoo Seventy million people suffered and are suffering through it (World Health Organization, n.d.a.). Thirty-three million people died from it (World Health Organization, n.d.a). In the U.S., about four hundred new cases emerged out of every thousand people every year from 2000-2015

Reforestation Matters

Written by Erin Yoo Edited by Eunice Kim and Ashley Koca Reforestation is one natural solution for fighting the climate crisis, but what is reforestation really? It is the active restoration of forests that have been cut down or otherwise harmed in some way. This