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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: I think that finding a renewable form of energy that is beneficial for us and safe for the environment is a good idea to help lower our impact on biodiversity. However, I think that the bigger problem would actually be getting our society as a whole to convert to a new form of energy. Many people are resistant to change and are not necessarily willing to give up something that they are so accustomed to. We need to change our actions overall and realized that we can not be over-exploiting our natural resources like we are right now because they are finite and they will run out. That being said, I think that finding a renewable energy source that minimizes impact on biodiversity, and people were willing to convert to that new method, would be ideal. The idea of sending nuclear waste into space is an intriguing idea, however I am skeptical of the impacts that would have in the long run.
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      Apr 24 2013: "Life is a series of events we're not quite ready for." I think that you're right in the sense people will be hesitant but with the right incentives and making it easy to transition, a transition could be made between primary energy sources without any real problems.
    • Apr 24 2013: Sending nuclear waste into space seems like a way to spread our destruction beyond our planet and pollute farther and wider than we have already.

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