Impact of lack of energy and rapid increase of energy in the world

by Mdavid on September 25, 2015 - 9:36pm

Sustainable Earth: Energy

By: Brian Handwerk for National Geographic News

The problem stated in this article is the lack of access to affordable energy for more than three billion people in the world and a rapid increase in the demand for energy in countries such as China and India.

Sally Benson, director of Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project is the main contributor to the National Greographic News article and explaines that the lack of affordable technology contributes to many people not having access to affordable modern electricity for basic daily things such as lighting or heating. This lack of access means that they need to use energy sources such as wood, coal, charcoal and dung, that affect their health directly. This is a major problem in the sustainable development in underdeveloped countries. Sally Benson indicates that this problem should be addressed in the short term to help reduce the number of deaths estimated to 2 million people per year. On a longer-term period, she stated that another energy system needed to be developed in order to support the increase in demand for energy since at the current rate of usage, the current energy system will be depleted by 2050.

One of the important solutions she discussed is the use of cleaner energy sources such as the exploitation of newly found natural gas deposits. For the longer-term energy problem, Sally Benson discussed the importance of developing renewable energies such as solar and wind. She feels that these technologies are very reliable and are becoming more affordable as progress is made in their development.

I believe that the information in this article is not only correct but also an eye opener. However, I think that since people who have easy access to energy do not stop to think about those who do not have access to it, are not likely to put the required pressure on governments to address the short-term problems without more public awareness. And without more initiatives to help provide more access to clean energy, more people will die and the number of people not being able to afford energy will continue to increase. In the long term, if technologies for renewable energies are not commercialized for a greater number of people, we might all run out of energy before 2050 as estimated in the article.



The reasoning behind me reading your article was due to the length of your title, I found it pretty en-captivating. This idea that developing nations' energy sectors are expanding while many people in developing nations don't have ANY access to energy is outrageous. 1 in 5 people do not have any access to electricity (allafrica, 2015). I completely agree with your statement that this issue is an eye opener, the idea that our current energy system will depleted by 2050 is a pretty scary and crazy thought. Sally Benson is totally correct in my opinion, when talking about the importance of developing our renewable energy sectors. It will be a necessity to having future universal energy sources.

I recently read an article that talked about the state of energy crisis Africa is going through, apparently "only 24 percent of the people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity and 25 countries are in a state of power crisis". All this information is pretty daunting, but there is hope. Although I agree that people who have access to energy do not think about those who do not, I think that governments around the world are starting to recognize that energy shortages will be a big upcoming issue and many are starting to implement new renewable techniques. For example, the SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals) in Africa state that by 2030 everyone in will have access to reliable, affordable, modern energy services (allafrica, 2015).

Even if governments don't recognize this issue as an issue until 2020,2030, or even 2040 it WILL be recognized and there WILL be major changes in energy consumption regulations and major changes in our energy production. There is hope and will be a future for those without access to energy at the current.


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I chose to comment on your post because your title of the summary really caught my eye and made me think for a little bit. I find it quite disturbing that "1.2 billion people are still without energy, (approximately the entire population of india)."(Lavelle, 2013). I agree with Sally Benson's statement, aiding those in desperate need will save lives and further the development as a whole worldwide as "access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty." (kyte, 2013). I believe that immediate change must be taken into action right away as the year 2050 is approaching fairly quick and we do not know how much longer non-renewable sources will be available. Benson's solution of transferring many non-renewable energy sources into renewable sources such as solar energy and wind energy is logical and gives us hope as long as this action is taken upon governments securing our future.

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