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Noel Laporte

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What form of renewable energy has or will have the lowest impact on biodiversity?

Climate change, air pollution, rising sea levels and species extinction can all be attributed to the increasing usage of non-renewable energy in the world today. Non-renewable energy reserves are diminishing and finite with an ever-increasing demand from countries around the world. Coal, natural gas and oil all have detrimental effects on the environment. These effects are both local and global, harming species throughout the world. As we consider different renewable forms of energy, can we rank their potential impacts on biodiversity?


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  • Apr 24 2013: (Green Energy, Climate Change, Ocean Rise, Freshwater, Food Security, Deforestation SILVER BULLET)Take a 30 meter diameter Tunnel boring machine at 100 feet from ocean drill down to whatever it can safely operate at" temperature wise".. go for 2-10km then inside the tunnel drill down 1-3 holes every 10-20 meter's to temperatures exceeding 300 degree's with enough volume to hold 50-100yr worth brine(to be recycled latter). Run sea water through the tunnel flashing to steam up a vent/turbine at the other end into a man made lake well above sea level that runs into another lake at sea level through a hydro dam and do this in 50-80 location's around the world, preferably where they need million's of gallon's of fresh water or where you could turn desert into lush vegetation...... and bam just solved green energy demand, turned enough sea water into fresh water to double available fresh water well transferring enough sea water to balance sea level rise well also solving food production with new arable land taking pressure of tropical deforestation ... basically green energy produced in a manner that also saves the world .... top that lol LOL now someone give me a billion dollars to get it rolling pl ty As to how abundant it is .. "The Geological Survey of Canada released a report in June 2011 on the geothermal resource potential in Canada and found that the in-place potential for geothermal power could exceed one million times Canada's current electricity consumption." Total Electricity Generation in Canada (2011) 592.32 Twh x 1,000,000 is more then earth consumes ? Guess can't claim "lowest impact on biodiversity" as if run properly it would amplify biodiversity...

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