There have been concerns about environmental degradations for a while, but just how true are those statements and are they just rumors? Well according to scientist, the environment has been degrading at a rate unseen in the past 10 000 years. Land, freshwater and the generation of greenhouse gases are contributing to an unhealthy ecosystem at a rate that has never been seen before. The two major factor in this case are loss of biosphere integrity, land system change and the high level of phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into the oceans due to fertilizer use.
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Experts in India claim that the air pollution would affect the country's plans to use solar pannels. They stated that it would affect the plans ina negative way; "Experts said solar power generation is impacted by the dimming effect, a phenomenon wherein the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth's surface decreases due to the presence of pollutants in the air that absorb solar radiation and reflect it back into space.". This is bad news for solar powered plans and also a sign that solar powered energy cannot solve every problem.
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Seaweed is popular in asian cuisine, but it also sucks up carbon dioxide in the ocean. In fact, kelp in particular helps with carbon dioxode and also reduces the ocean acidification, which affects global warming in the ocean. Marine ecologists from the University of British Colombia states that if we expand seaweed farms, we could remove billions of metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Furthermore, the researchers also demonstrated that a seaweed farm or forest can also shelter more than 800 species of marine life.
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Over the last three decades, coral biodiversity and cover have decreased significantly and are in danger. We might not think that coral reefs are that important, but in fact; they contribute to many things such as sustaining fisheries, protecting coast and tourism. Every year, the goods and services provided by coral ecosystems contribute to approximately 30 billion US dollars. This is why the increasing trend of coral bleaching and mortality needs more attention. It was found that these two phenomenon are directly related to changes in temperature and human activities.
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I like the idea of electric cars, being a fan of technology myself, it is not hard to image how happy I would be to try a tesla or simply ride a nissan leaf. In the recent years, the Government of both Canada and USA have made many improvements to the highways isntalling many electric vehicule charging stations allong resting areas to help people travel long distance. I believe electric cars are the future and will cause less pollution.
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