There is no free lunch. We need to be mindful of how we use the planet's resources and the impacts of our activities.
Hydro is a good renewable, but not without cost. Massive habitat destruction can also occur when large dams are put in. Damming large rivers like the Columbia, turned it into a series of warm lakes in which many fish, including salmon, can no longer survive. This is what a wilderness habitat looks like before it is dammed.
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Geothermal and nuclear will be needed to provide baseload power until we get fusion harnesses. In the meantime, the idea of perpetually increasing growth and consumption is a flawed model to build the future on.
As for the whales, where is the cry from the masses against the testing of high-powered sonar that the Navy keeps testing and the seismic testing for offshore oil, in spite of knowing it deafens whales? Where is the mass reduction of plastics going into the oceans that these filter feeders suck into their guts? Where is the concern about ocean acidification due to the massive output of industry into the air and seas?
In the 200-plus years since the industrial revolution began, the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has increased due to human actions. During this time, the pH of surface ocean waters has fallen by 0.1 pH units. This might not sound like much, but the pH scale is...
Plastic is everywhere: In your home, your office, your school — and your ocean. Among the top 10 kinds of trash picked up during the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup were food wrappers, beverage bottles, grocery bags, straws, and take out containers, all made of plastic.
While whales and other marine life are threatened by international whaling and habitat loss, they also face a domestic threat. Navy sonar testing and seismic testing from the oil and gas industry regularly take place in areas where marine species thrive. Find out more about the impacts and what...