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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: It's interesting how we think so much about all these different possible replacements for our energy consumption. However, we don't all look at how likely they really are or how we would be able to use them without the negative effects from these new bio fuels. Some of these ideas are really inventive, but if we continue to use energy like we do now, then these fuels can't help us at this point. We need to find other strategies than just the science to create them. Without a plan of action for how to be the most renewable with our new products I don't think we can succeed. A new plan where people and business are taught how to easily follow these methods because it will help maintain a healthy relationship between them and their use of the planet's resources. The environment could feel a much smaller impact from our actions if we can lower our negative waste. This would keep us from affecting the environment around us and help let nature run its course appropriately, but much more plan and preparation i feel is necessary in order to keep us from just jumping on the next miracle energy solution.

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