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Earth Day 2020 : The pandemic affect.

Earth Day 2020 is a very special day, probably more special than prior years, unfortunately, part of what makes it so unique is that while the earth is improving. What led to this wasn’t by choice and is mostly due to us being forced to stay home. The Covid-19 pandemic is shutting down countries across the world, causing a significant decline in air pollution in major cities as countries implement stricter quarantines and travel restrictions. 

  • Canal water in Venice has cleared up without boat traffic. Air pollution in China has plunged amid unprecedented lockdowns. 
  • In Thailand and Japan, mobs of monkeys and deer are roaming streets now devoid of tourists.
  • Due to the decrease in fishing activities, residents spotted dolphins playing and swimming around in the Arabian Sea. 
  • In China’s Hubei province, the average number of good quality air days increased by 21.5% in February compared to the same time last year. From February 3 to March 1, CO2 emissions decreased by at least 25% because of lockdowns throughout China, according to the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).
  • China adds a whopping 30% yearly to the world’s CO2 emissions, making it number one polluting the air. So, a 25% decrease makes a difference in terms of air quality on Earth. CREA estimates it to be about 200 million tons — more than half the entire annual emissions output of the UK.
  • More blue skies were also noted in the Bay Area and Italy as pollution dropped while lockdowns took place throughout these cities.

The unintended air pollution declines from the virus outbreak are unfortunately just temporary, experts say. But the pandemic’s unintended climate impact could offer up a glimpse into how countries and corporations are equipped to deal with the destruction of the slower-moving climate change crisis. In hindsight it makes me think that the earth isn’t as bad as we made it out to be via global warming, and through proper practices, this planet is fully capable of being saved. 

A new issue that we are seeing is that discarded single-use face masks used to protect the spread of COVIS-19 could be causing significant harm to the environment. As it heals, we have found a way to help destroy it more.  Gary Stokes, OceanAsia’s Founder, told Energy Live News: “We have found 70 discarded masks within 100 metres of the beach and an additional 30 masks when we returned a week later. That’s hella masks. Over time the team has seen the odd mask here and now, however, this time they were all along the high tide line and foreshore and you could see new arrivals coming in on the current. When you suddenly have a population of seven million people wearing one to two masks daily the amount of waste generated is going to be substantial.

“A mask that is ingested by a local turtle, pink dolphin or finless porpoise, for example, could easily become lodged in the digestive system of the animal, thereby killing it.”

“Most of these masks contain or are made of polypropylene, which breaks down very slowly. Marine plastic pollution is a serious and ongoing problem. It is estimated that yearly, over eight million tons of plastic enter our oceans. This plastic doesn’t go anywhere, it slowly breaks down into micro-plastic, which enters food chains, and that has devastating effect on everything.

Marine plastic adsorbs toxins, which results in it poisoning animals that accidentally ingest it.”

Everyone should learn the proper ways to dispose of surgical masks, the surge in mask-based rubbish highlights “serious weaknesses in waste management and public education”. You would think in light of the earth healing people would be more mindful.  At home, we could do things such as conserving water, reusing items, composting in or outside. Since a lot of people are struggling financially, being mindful of spending is important, remembering to buy things you need and not want. In the future, we should appreciate the healing of the planet and try our best to continuously work with the land to make it a better place. We already got some major help.

The pandemic is fast, shining a spotlight on our ability or inability to respond to urgent threats. But like pandemics, climate change can be planned for in advance, if politicians pay attention to the warnings of scientists who are sounding the alarm,” Let’s be grateful of these recent earth changes and continue to lighten our footprints.

Remake the Starbucks “Unicorn Frappuccino”

Why?

This item seems to be the hottest item right now, and its “Limited Edition”

When I fall in love with something, I don’t want it to be limited edition. I’d like to be in control of my desires. If Unicorn, frap or smoothie is what I want Unicorn is what I will get.

Let’s start with:

The fact that the Starbuck’s Unicorn Frap is a limited edition cup of “sugar, milk, sugar, and more sugar.” I’m almost sure no one spends their money in hopes of consuming a colorful sugary drink with absolutely NO health benefits. The health department slammed Starbucks’s because in actuality, this colorful drink packs more sugar than a ½ a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. Feeding right into your crave of getting diabetes .. I’m kidding, but could you imagine? I personally think Krispy Kreme should be illegal. It’s like grade a cocaine, a true addicts delight.

According to Starbucks Press release, “The magical drink is “blended crème” with “mango syrup” and layered with a “blue sour drizzle, It’s then topped with whipped cream and a dusting of pink and blue powder. The drink starts as a purple color with swirls of blue, and changes color and flavor with each stir going from sweet and fruity to tangy and tart”

The healthy part of the Frap is actually the vibrant colors. Kudos to Starbuck’s on that. The blue comes from spirulina (naturally-blue algae) and the pink is a mixture of fruit sources like radish, sweet potatoes, cherry, and apple.

The not so healthy part of the Frap is everything else. The drink is a princes’s concoction of ice, crème Frappuccino syrup, milk, whipped crème, and mango syrup. They also include natural and artificial flavoring that cannot clearly be sourced lol. Down the rabbit hole of questionable ingredients and mysterious labels.

What do we really care about at NerdDNA?

Nutrition …. Nutrition …. Nutrition …. Nutrition   …… …… And more Nutrition

    Whip cream, Whole Milk grams of fat Grams Saturated Grams of Sugar 
Grande 16 oz 401 cal. 16 10 59
Venti 24 oz 500 cal. 18 11 76
Tall 12 oz 280 cal. 13 8 39
    Skim Milk      
Tall 12 oz 170 cal. 0.5   37

A caffeine-free Venti or Grande will put you over your daily limit according to the FDA which recommends no more than fifty grams of sugar added daily. Since there’s actually no coffee your getting a straight sugar rush which typically leads people to crash. To set the record straight, I would love to try this color and flavor-changing marvel out at Starbucks, It’s just not up to my personal health code. I would like to give proper credit to Starbucks for using vegetable-based colorings like spirulina and using radish and sweet potato!

Let’s look at some healthier substitutions; 

– Ice = Ice
– Milk = Almond or Soy milk
– Flavors = Fruit Blueberries for blue and Beets and berries for red
– Dairy Whip = Soy, Coconut or Rice Whip or vegan whipped cream
– Mango Syrup = DIY Mango Syrup or Real Mango or more fruit or lemon or lime juice
– Blue Drizzle = E3Live Blue Majik algae powder blended with Key Lime or Lemon almond yogurt
– Blue Powder = E3Live on top + some lemon zest if you’d like!

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