A twelve-year-old steals his parents’ credit card and gets on a plane to Bali.
A 2018 study of sediment cores taken from the bed of Walden Pond found signs of “cultural eutrophication”: human urine released into the pond since it became a popular swimming spot in the 1920s has altered the water chemistry and could turn the “beautiful clear lake into a slimy green stew.” The study was reported in the Boston Globe with the headline “Please Stop Peeing in Walden Pond, Researchers Beg.”
Till taught by pain, / Men really know not what good water’s worth.—Lord Byron, 1819
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