Julia Goldberg

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Julia Goldberg
Posted over 1 year ago
Can urban beehives increase food production?
I love the idea of urban beehives and green roofs and gardens. However, I feel that for the urban beehive idea to work the rooftop garden idea would need to be become more common. I just unsure if the bees would be able to survive in the densely populated urban areas due to the lack of plants.
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Julia Goldberg
Posted over 1 year ago
Will the Belo Monte Dam project on the Amazon River cause more harm to the environment or will it be a good source of energy for Brazil?
Although the dam will supply power to the city, I believe the costs outweigh the benefits of the dam. The destruction of endemic species, new breeding grounds of mosquitos, release of gases, and destruction of indigenous tribal populations are only some of the costs. This construction of this dam is just one step farther into the destruction of our planet.
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Julia Goldberg
Posted over 1 year ago
Cats pose a serious threat to biodiversity: Why do we accept it? What should be done?
I agree that it obviously is more beneficial to neuter. But that costs a lot of time and money to get stray cats neutered. There is a lot of research actually being done on the idea of administering a sterility shot. I understand the concerns that you bring up associated with that though. But even if the shot only made the animal sterile for a period of time it could still help in controlling the population.
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Julia Goldberg
Posted over 1 year ago
Cats pose a serious threat to biodiversity: Why do we accept it? What should be done?
I really doubt that a measure would ever be passed that would completely eliminate cats. I think a better use of time and resources could be spent towards developing a form of birth control in the form of a shot rather than having to nuder cats. If this was developed in would allow areas to control the wild populations of cats by capturing them and giving them a shot before releasing them. Education of the public can also help this issue. Solutions as simple as a bell on a cats collar can greatly reduce the amount of animals they are able to capture.
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Julia Goldberg
Posted over 1 year ago
Purell now, Bacteri-ell later?
According to the National Institute of Health it was found that from 1988-1994 more than 50% of Americans from ages 6-59 were sensitive to at least one allergen. However, a similar study done in 1980 found rates 2-5 times lower. The reason for this large increase in allergens is thought to be the more sterile lifestyles we now live. By disinfecting everything around us, we are severely limiting the amount of bacteria we are exposed to. Being exposed to different bacteria at a young age is very similar to receiving a vaccination. A vaccination works by stimulating an individual's immune system in order to develop an immunity to a pathogen. Our bodies immune systems are formed by being exposed to seemingly harmless substances around us, such as pollen, animals, foods, etc. When we do not receive these "vaccinations" of harmless substances at a young age, it can result in allergies later in life when they are finally encountered. Exposure to certain germs and allergens at a young age are important in the development of our immune systems. Without these exposures our bodies will be unable to fight off everyday substances later in life.
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Julia Goldberg
Posted over 1 year ago
What form of renewable energy has or will have the lowest impact on biodiversity?
I think you bring up a good point by saying that we should be searching for multiple sources and not one source that would fix everything. Solar, wind or tidal energy aren't sufficient to supply large cities. However, these sources can be efficient in supplying smaller populations. Although tidal and wind power effects marine and bird populations, I believe their overall effect on these populations is not nearly as detrimental as the effect of releasing large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.