Once I saw a stand up comedy show where the speaker talked about electric cars. He said,“Electric cars are great, they are environmentally safe, and they save money.” The funny part was at the end he said he was having a gas engine put into his electric car because he wants to go faster.
That was about ten years ago, and the things he said about electric cars might have been true then. Considering today’s gas prices and environmental concerns, having an electric car may not be such a bad idea. Electric cars have come a long way today, and the engines are faster, smoother, and more economic now than they ever were before, even if you don’t consider the environmental benefits.
According to a recent IPCC report, farmers will be affected more and more due to projected climate changes. Droughts, floods, and other climatic changes are forcing farmers to utilize more expensive methods in order to survive.
Thousands of farms, orchards and ranches around world are already experiencing the reality of climatic changes. Many of the crops around the world will be negatively affected by warmer weather, which will result in widespread crop damage and smaller harvests. One report states that the production of all major food crops, such as rice, wheat, and corn, are likely to decline by 2030 as a result of global warming and continue to decline at a rate of 2% every decade thereafter.
Renewable energy is a form of energy produced from natural sources that are continually replenished, environmentally sustainable and economically viable. Wind turbines and solar panels have proven to be promising sources of renewable energy. Wind powered generators are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Last January, wind power contributed to over 4% of US electricity. Only a few years ago, people were not so sure about wind powered generators.
This week we are going to discuss 5 environmental issues that you should be aware of. These issues are global and may concern some readers more than others. As usual, these issues are not written in any particular order of importance.
1. Finding alternate clean source of energy
High gas prices and the monopoly of oil companies are once again making us exhausted, and wearing our wallets out. We have drilled more oil wells in the United States in the past decade than anywhere else in the world. Furthermore, we pay about $4 billion dollars to oil and gas companies as tax breaks. Still we have seen nothing that could ease the prices at gas pumps. Gas prices continue to hit new heights, and we are still hostage to oil and gas companies for our energy requirements. Drilling new wells only makes gas companies more profit, and has done nothing for the consumers. We often hear that nothing can be done here in the United States because gas prices are set by the global marketplace.
The reason for the gas companies’ monopoly on the economy is that we don’t have a choice. We must fill up our tanks with gasoline whether we like it or not. Given an option, we would not have to depend on gas as much, and the prices would also decrease about $4,400 a year. We need alternative sources of energy to help ensure a cleaner environment as well as to reduce our dependency on gasoline.
In order for the ecosystem to function properly, all species of plants animals and insects, and all types of living and non living things such as air water, soil and so on must stay in harmony. Mother Nature has perfected a system of balance where all different species of animal coexist. They even help each other to survive and grow as they balance out in the ecosystem. Each element of the ecosystem plays an important role, and so, it is important that each species of plants or animals remain in the ecosystem and interact in order to make the ecosystem work.