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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: Earlier in these posts, someone mentioned a flying windmill for harvesting energy, and the destruction of bird habitat was brought up. With tidal energy, we are going to affect ocean life. Where can we set up infrastructure that doesn't take the home of some set of organisms? It seems we will have to sacrifice a lot of habitat somewhere, unless we can set up solar panels in space!
    • Apr 24 2013: na simple answer geothermal ... could ideally be built completely underground. And as far as abundance "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 ?
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      Apr 24 2013: Unfortunately I think many, if not all, energy options would be better than the current release of 25 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The affect on global climate temperature will end up effecting all species and biomes. In contrast harming one (or a few) species is obviously not ideal but might be necessary. As Niccolò Machiavelli stated in, The Prince, “Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.”

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