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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: While renewable forms of energy are being speculated to hopefully replace oil, it looks like it may take a while to strategize how we'll use it. However, I really liked the links you provided for this topic, because I wasn't too knowledgeable on the topic, so this was really helpful, I specially liked Lovin's 40 year plan because he showed some pretty good points on how renewable energy could benefit us, environmentally and budget wise, and it seems like it would be the least harmful to biodiversity. While I felt like the presentation was way too simplistic, it didn't look like a bad plan. So depending on what people want to prioritize, I think we can rank renewable forms of energy based on how they would impact biodiversity.

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