The article Sustainable Seafood Farms Can Help Asia’s Oceans, published by the Asian Pacific Post, focuses on the increasingly alarming rate of destruction or the Asian marine ecosystem along with the imminent collapse of itself and the fishing industry, while also present certain solutions. It informs us that across Asia, 64 % of the resource bases for fisheries at between a medium and elevated risk of overfishing, with estimates that by 2048, there would be no fish left for commercial fishing.
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The article “Climate change could raise food insecurity risk” published by the University of Exeter in the Science Daily discusses an interesting side effect of climate change, one often forgotten. While climate change will affect most facets of our planet’s ecosystem, its effects on our food production are scarcely the focal point of speculation despite its importance.
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In his article, author George C. Wang rises the topic of veganism and its relation to the environment. For the last few years, veganism and different “untraditional” diets have been on the rise for different reasons and one of them is the impact of meat consumption on the climate change. The production of meat is way higher than the production of legumes which leads to greenhouse emissions and the degradation of our environment. According to a study published in Nature,80% of increase in greenhouse gasses can be avoid by 2050 if we change our diet.
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“The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of Water” by reporter Jonathan Watts of The Guardian, goes into detail on one of the often-unknown side effects of the Amazonian deforestation problem. While this major issue often goes unpublished thanks to the significant efforts of the profiting companies, more and more of the Amazon is being replaced by empty lots, devoid of trees and life. Most will know that this will cause many species to go extinct, as so many have in recent decades, however this is far from the only side effect.
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According to the article "The Global footprint of fisheries" by Julie Cohen, 55% of the world's waters are covered by fisheries. The Earth is composed of at least 70% water, so being able to cover 55% of that is staggeringly impressive (human greed is the best motivation afterall). UC Santa Barbara teamed up with prominent scientific figures such as Global Fishing Watch, National Geographic, Dalhousie University,Skytruth, Google, and Stanford University in order to accurately illuminate the world's global fishery net.
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The purpose of the Dennis Dimick’s article; “As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?” in the National Geographic was to bring to light the current and future issues relating to our populations increasing growth rates, our consumption increase, the factors behind these issues and viable solutions.
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In his article “Wealth redistribution and population management are the only logical way forward”, William E Rees warns his readers that our techno-industrial society is running on an human ecological footprint that is at least 60% larger than the planet can sustain. While countries are still using renewable resources at a faster rate than they can replenish, the world community still has not agreed on a response to this issue.
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