Pakistan is Planting its Way to A Greener Future

We’re only one week away from Arbor Day, a once-in-a-year opportunity to plant trees and celebrate the arrival of Spring for many of us. However, for many Pakistanis, tree planting is carried out year-round as part of an ambitious national campaign to plant 1 billion trees in 5 years and reduce the nation’s high vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Learn more in Ginny Ip’s article.

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The End of the World in Numerical Terms: a +2°C climate scenario in the year 2100

What will the year 2100 look like if the Earth gets 2°C warmer, according to current predictions? In her debut piece, Madison Fielder paints a harrowing picture of an immediate future that will be our reality only if leaders take action now.

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ION Goes to Sweet Saturday

How do cacao pods become the smooth and sweet chocolate that we adore? What the heck is molasses? If agave is a succulent, why does it produce agave nectar? We’re pretty far removed from the plants that our food comes from today, especially in Chicago in winter. A couple weekends ago, ION members trekked to Garfield Conservatory to rekindle their understanding of the process from plants to food. Read more in Carlyn’s article.

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The Secrets of Fast Fashion, Revealed

Fast fashion can be defined as cheap, trendy clothing that are discarded almost as quickly as they are created. It’s harmful to our wallets, well-being and most importantly, the environment. How can we make this phenomenon more widely known to the public? In her debut article, Margo Milanowski proposes a simple solution: infographics.

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Cataract

“The encyclopedia Britannica/ Defines a cataract as containing large volumes of water/ Rushing over a precipice/ If something so characterized/ By transition can be said/ To contain anything.” Emily Jahn’s latest edition of Atmosphere gets deep into the meaning of ‘cataract’, including a beautiful and flowing description of the medical condition that might even rival the flow of one of these waterfalls. Read more here.

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The Garden Club of Evanston Emphasizes Conservation, Education, and Beautification

Curious to learn about the organization that first planted the Shakespeare Garden, a place where students and visitors alike love to go to seek quiet refuge? Find out why conservation, education and beautification are central to the Garden Club of Evanston’s goals with Marleigh Thorn’s newest piece.

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