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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 feel as if the question at hand is not if there is a new form of renewable energy, because we have so many options already presented. It seems that we have an abundance of creativity and ideas within the topic of renewable energy, now the main task is to implement these ideas. Looking at the Amory Lovins conversation and many of the comments on this particular conversation the answer seems like it is right in front of us but just out of reach...
    Ultimately what needs to happen is not just some magical new form of renewable to cure all of our problems, but we must take it on ourselves to control, limit the amount of energy being used now. As well to make sure any forms of new, renewable energy does not effect our environment our the species diversity that would not have been "naturally" effected anyways.

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