hydrogen is dangerous

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There is no such thing as a non-vegan environmentalist.
What you see above are aerial photographs of large feedlots and massive lagoons of waste. British artist Mishka Henner accidentally captured these aerial photographs that show the results of industrial beef farming. At first glance you may think it as abstract photography because of the geometric and vibrant images, or may even resemble open infected wounds, as you start to look closely however, you’ll see the details of the feedlots. The small black dots are only a small portion out of the billions of animals bred to become food. “While I was working on that series I was looking intensely at the American landscape, and that’s when I came across these really strange-looking structures, like a big lagoon, or all these dots that look like microbes,” Henner says. The massive waste lagoons waft up dangerous hydrogen sulfide fumes and contaminate groundwater with nitrates and antibiotics. Feedlots use large amounts of energy and water and saturate the air with odors that emit huge quantities of climate changing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is extremely damaging on the environment. “To me, as somebody in the U.K., looking at something [like] the feedlots I was shocked on a very personal level,” Henner says. “I think what the feedlots represent is a certain logic about how culture and society have evolved. On one level it’s absolutely terrifying, that this is what we’ve become. They’re not just feedlots. They’re how we are.”

Hydrogen: Watching the World Burn

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Hydrogen is a tiny, colourless gas. It’s the smallest element on the periodic table! Hydrogen is so abundant that it accounts for ¾ of the mass of the universe.  

Watch out, because hydrogen can be deadly. People used to fill airships with hydrogen to make them float. It seemed like a perfect idea because hydrogen is super light and affordable. Unfortunately, it turned out that hydrogen is incredibly flammable. This lead to the Hindenburg disaster: the hydrogen in the German passenger airship caught fire. From this it became obvious that using hydrogen to fly is pretty dangerous. So don’t freak out the next time you ride a hot air balloon; it isn’t full of flammable hydrogen (anymore).

So, have we stopped using hydrogen in practical applications? No, hydrogen is making a comeback! Don’t worry, we aren’t filling up our airplanes with hydrogen gas. Scientists are working on hydrogen fuel cells, a very promising, clean source of electricity.