Benjamin Geller

Student in Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

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Benjamin Geller
Posted over 1 year ago
Can urban beehives increase food production?
I think this is a brilliant idea! I think it is not difficult to attain all of the ideas mention, and that they are all green, sustainable ideas. Obviously any idea no matter how revolutionary should be researched and planned meticulously before put into action, however right of the bat I don't see any problems with urban beehives, gardens or green roofs! I always have and always will agree with the increase of incorporation of plants, animals, insects and nature in general with urban environments. Humans weren't designed to live in cities...
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Benjamin Geller
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?
Ryan, where I 100% agree with you, and most people commenting on this post, that the Belo Monte damn is a bad idea I do not feel as if the videos idea of the simple fix being "efficiency with their energy". I feel as if that task is more complicated than it seems, first of all it did not specify what measures should be taken, nor did it mention how the country could pull off the switch. Over all I don't agree with the damn but I don't see the alternatives clearly enough...
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Benjamin Geller
Posted over 1 year ago
Cats pose a serious threat to biodiversity: Why do we accept it? What should be done?
Huan you have to remember the initiative isn't one mans quest to eliminate cats from New Zealand, it is to control their free reign over all of the endemics that they prey on. As well they are not trying to eliminate them, his initiative is to have people stop replacing them, not start kitty internment camps. However I do agree with the idea of a habitat to protect the endemic species is a good idea, especially when there are all those feral cats out there hunting them down.
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Benjamin Geller
Posted over 1 year ago
Purell now, Bacteri-ell later?
That's a great point. I feel as of we would need a lot more research dedicated to the microbial diversity of humans, and to test the products unfortunately the only thing I would suggest would be testing the products on a closely related species. Maybe chimps, however that raises the question of does genetic or phylogenetic similarities correlate to microbial similarities.
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Benjamin Geller
Posted over 1 year ago
Purell now, Bacteri-ell later?
I think this is quite a brilliant idea, however I would change a few things. Instead of having 1 general kind of "Bacteri-ell" maybe there are multiple kinds, one general kind can have microbes that have been proven to have positive effects, with a cocktail of microbes that can vary based off the specific kind and what the desired affects are, for example the bliss microbe mentioned by Jessica green in her TED talk on bioinformed design. (http://www.ted.com/talks/jessica_green_good_germs_make_healthy_buildings.html). As well an answer to the original question of strengthening the immune system, this could be done by applying a different kind that could have trace amounts of microbes that are detrimental and are required to build a strong immune system, those being ideal for children as discussed by so many previously in this conversation. Although there may be probiotics in existence that do what I have discussed I feel as if in time as we grasp a better understanding of microbial diversity, alongside new methods of analyzing the human micro-biome, that we will have options like this "Bacteri-ell" as opposed to needing to receive the resistance first hand.
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Benjamin Geller
Posted over 1 year ago
What form of renewable energy has or will have the lowest impact on biodiversity?
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.