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The Importance of Improving Communication Between Nations for the Growth in the Clean Energy
There cannot be a growth in the clean energy field without improved communication between nations. Many different fields come together while solving these issues, therefore international cooperation has been loose as of late. A biennial symposium style event would promote international cooperation on knowledge-sharing and i...
A History of the Issue of the Lack of Diversity in Energy Shares
There has been a historical lack of diversity in energy shares, in which a heavy reliance of fossil fuels of developed. This must be acknowledged, due to their harmful greenhouse gas emissions. In efforts to ameliorate fossil fuel reliance, there has been a significant annual increase of renewable energy capacity. However o...
Should We Use Punishment or Positive Reinforcement to Lower People's Consumption of Plastic Bags?
Introduction "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both?" - Niccolo Machiavelli. This famous question originates from chapter XVII of The Prince and is an extension on a larger discussion on human nature and virtue that ultimately, at the heart of it, investigates human motivation. Fear and love are both m...
The Role of Anti-Fracking Grassroots Movements in the Policy Making in New York and Colorado
“Fracking ensures that the age of oil – and it’s princely hydrocarbon cousin, the natural gas molecule – will not end because we have run out of fossil fuels. But it may end because burning these wonderful fuels puts the planet farther down a path we don’t want to head down.” ~ Russell Gold Introduction Fracking has be...
An Analysis of the Approaches to the Local Politics of Environmental Issues
“Development is the strategy of evasion. When you can’t give people land reform, give them hybrid cows. When you can’t send children to school, try non-formal education. When you can’t provide basic health to people, talk of health insurance. Can’t give them jobs? Not to worry, just redefine the words ‘employment opportunit...
An Analysis of the Solutions for Reducing China's Pollution
Solution to China’s Pollution China being the most polluted country in the world, is not a surprising news. However, the pollution issue is becoming worse than ever. According to BBC news, on Monday, December 7, 2015 Beijing government “has upgraded its alert for air pollution from orange to red, the most serious level” (“...
A History of the Greenpeace Organization Formed in 1971 for Environmental Protection
Greenpeace is an organization formed in 1971 initially to protest United States nuclear testing in Alaska for fear that it would cause an earthquake or a tsunami on the tectonically unstable Island of Amchitka. (Hunter, 2005: 35) On this original voyage, the intended goal of stopping the bomb from being detonated did not...
The Importance of Funding Groups Such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Health Safety of Citizens
Funding a Safe Environment Through recent discussion of the Flint Water Crisis over the past few months, Americans have started becoming aware of how altering our environment can affect our health. Organizations such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) serve to protect U.S. citizens from getting hu...
The Political and Economic Importance of Water
A Modern Water Ethic One would think, in terms of socio-political issues, that nothing could be of more consequence than the basic human resource of water. Yet nowhere has there been more carelessness, more misuse and abuse, more inequity and blatant denial of reality than in human water use over the last century. In some...
A Discussion on the Outdated Regulation of the Los Angeles River
Currently, the Los Angeles River has been stripped of its natural state and instead exists as a faint stream within a concrete fixture. Although the concrete channel infrastructure was appropriate at the time of its creation, both the environment and the needs of the city have changed. Consequentially, the outdated regulati...
What We Do to Harm the Environement
For the most part, this article is everything we have been talking about. It shows us, how as humans, we have begun to impact out natural environments. It talks about in what ways has influenced our impacts, such as new technology, and travel efforts. However with these it also makes aware of what we are actually doing to o...
Ecological Awareness and Sustainable Development
“Ecological Awareness and Sustainable Development” In the last few decades the human being have recognised how complicated and limited is the planet Earth. In addition, technology has been used to exploit the natural resources in an uncontrolled way on the Earth. These environmental impacts have developed an ecological awa...
The Negative Effects of the Big Companies on the Health of the Environment
The Duwamish River: An Analysis of the Negative Impact of Industry on the Environment Claim: The economy’s harmful impact on the environment, use of massive resorts in Cancun, and responsibility, or rather lack thereof, when an environmental disaster does strike are similar in that they all share some sort of focus on th...
The Use of Alternative Fuel for a Better Health and Environment
Save Fossil fuels For Better Environment And Health It has been rightly said, ’Oil is like time…once gone will never come back’. Every fuel on our mother earth is a treasure for us that should be used judiciously and not wasted for our luxuries. It is time for every person on our planet to analyze how important the fossil...
A Discussion on the Importance of Reducing Food Waste in the United States
United States to Reduce Food Waste On September 16th of 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture announced that they had formulated a plan to reduce the country’s food waste by at least fifty percent by year 2030. The United States has never released any type of initiative to tackle th...
Mark Anileski's Discussion on Sustainability and Consumption Justice Regarding Ecology
Consumption Justice Mark Anielski is an ecologically focused economist who talked to us about sustainability and consumption justice. Anielski started off by saying that Pope Francis has an idolatry of money and a lack of concern for men and women. Anielski later went on to quote Saint Paul who said, “Money is the root of...
Reconnection With Nature is Essential for the Preservation of Humanity
Reconnection With Nature As children, we are taught how practical the Native Americans were with everything they took from the nature around them. Whenever they killed an animal, they used every part of it so nothing would be wasted. At the time, settlers to the new world considered these people savages. They thought the N...
An Analysis of the Rhetoric Used in Rachel Louise Carson's Book on the Importance of Protecting the Environment
If we, as a society do not pay close attention to the environmental actions of the government and major corporations, the forests and lakes that we treasure so dearly will be forever obliterated. The passage is targeted towards three audiences: people that have a close connection to nature, the farmers who use the lethal pe...
The Differences in the Opinions About the Human Influence on Nature between Wendell Berry and Richard Conniff
Wendell Berry and Richard Corniff Comparison In the chapter “Nature,” authors Wendell Berry and Richard Conniff, have two rather different essays regarding the environment. Each of their pieces has a strong focus and is able to sway the particular audience they are attempting to reach. Berry’s essay, “An Entrance into the...
The Worry of Catholic Businessman Regarding Pope Francis' Statement That Harming the Environment Was Sinful
In his recent encyclical, Pope Francis states that it is sinful to cause harm to the environment. Combined with accusations from environmentalists stating that coal mining and oil drilling cause irrevocable harm to the environment, this has caused many Catholic business owners in the energy sector to become concerned about...
An Analysis of North Carolina's Policies of Controlling Water Resources
Executive Summary Home to nearly ten million residents, North Carolina possesses a unique and varied hydrological system comprised of many lakes of varying sizes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and an extensive coastal area. The Outer Banks, a chain of small islands and coastal areas spanning the length of the state, alone ac...
Edward O. Wilsons The Future of Life: The Use of Satire to Express a Critical View on the Intentions of Environmentalists
The global issue of the conservation of the environment has become huge recently because of factors that are seen as critical to the society. There are different approaches on the actions of the environmentalists and how they benefit the society. In the book The Future Of Life written by Edward O. Wilson, the author informa...
The United States Army Corps of Engineer's Development of the Los Angeles River
The Los Angeles River is a fifty-one mile long concrete river channel that starts at the the Santa Susana Mountains and Simi Hills, and travels through L.A. County down to Long Beach (Los Angeles River Corporation). Due to past flooding and destruction of buildings, railroad bridges, and the death of Los Angeles’s citizens,...
An Analysis of Environmental Economics in Paul Krugman's Building a Green Economy and Ian Carey's The Great Economy Versus the Environment Myth
Building a Green Economy Paul Krugman Paul Krugman introduces the issue of climate change through an economic perspective in “Building a Green Economy”. He explains that the fundamental reason for environmental economics is due to “negative externalities” caused by people in the market guilty of harming the environment...
The Detrimental Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for short, is one of the most prevalent topics in the fight to keep our environment and natural resources safe. For instance, fracking has been linked to cause water and air pollution in many areas where the process is used. The method has been applied since the late 1940’s, but ever since...