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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: Incomparably, no other resource poses as large and dependent source of energy than our sun. Considering humans history, I also feel relying on any Earth-bound, bio-chemical energy resource will result in the same, stupid pattern: over dependence, over exploitation, and once the limit is met... fuck it, just keep it comin'.

    The sun however! If humans can efficiently harvest the sun's direct energy, we'd have more energy than we know what to do with. As of now, this is my favorite development for solar energy production:


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