Archive for November, 2011


The Three “E”s

 

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    Energy, Economics, and Environment, are the three “e”s that are interconnected and play a special role in this new world. The economy depends on energy, and the environment supplies it. If the environment can no longer supply this energy that the economy needs, there occurs a collapse where the living standards of many people are affected. In the year 2010 most known oil reserves reached their peak production point, meaning that every year production will be lower. (1) We are starting to live the moment where our economy is deteriorating due to smaller amount of energy that our environment can give us.

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      “Discoveries of new oil fields peaked 30 years ago, and since then we have been extracting and consuming more oil than that we have been discovering” (1)

Mr. Chris Martenson and his Idea

 

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    Mr. Martenson is a father of three children and a Scientist. He graduated from Duke and obtained a PhD specializing in Neurotoxicology. He wanted to teach, but after sometime switched his profession and obtained an MBA in finance from Cornell. He worked his way up to high paying positions and was able to live a wealthy life in Connecticut. He now lives in a small house in rural Massachusetts where he dedicates his life to raise awareness about the recent environmental problems, and to self sustain himself as well as possible. (4)

  Exponential growth and depletion of resources

  

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      Mr. Martenson emphasizes that the rate at which resources are demanded and consumed are increasing at an exponential rate, but the rate at which the resources are becoming available is decreasing. This leads us to understanding that we are coming to a doomsday, where the resources will not be enough for all of us, and eventually end. He explains how this can be either a problem with a solution, or a predicament with an outcome. We are no yet sure of this answer, but surely we would like this to be a problem with solution. The most important relationship to understand in what he says is the three “e” relationship where most of the things that happen in our world economically and even politically and socially, are linked to our economy, and the economy relies on the resources to function. If our living standard goes down, as well as our economic situation at the moment, most probably there is an environmental link to such an issue.

   This show us how the environment has given us the ability to live the life we have lived for many years, but now it cannot give it back to us since we have abused it. The days of our punishment by nature are coming and we might be living them at this exact moment.

 

 

 Sources cited

1.Withgott, J. & Brennan, S. (2010). Environment: The science behind the stories. 4th Ed.San Francisco: Pearson Education.

2.http://www.oil-world-2011.com/wp-content/uploads/List-oil-reserves-in-the-world-1.jpg

3. Chris Martenson.UKcrash videos 1-6

4. Martenson, Chris. “About Chris Martenson – Chris Martenson – Change, Chris Martenson, Community, Family, Investing.” Chris Martenson – Information on the Global Economy, Environment, and Our Energy Challenges. Real Estate, Oil, Community, Homes,

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    Biodiversity makes our world beautiful

   It is also referred to as biological diversity, and it means the total variety of living organisms in a population including their genes, and communities. Our world is full of more than 100 million species including a big number of uncategorized species. (1) It makes our world richer yet sadly human intervention in natural habitats cause the extermination of many of these species.          

  The Thylacine (4)

How did the Thylacine go extinct?

  The Thylacinus cynocephalus, or dog headed pouched dog, was a large marsupial carnivore. It is more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger. It was of a sand brownish color with stripes from head to tail. It had short and stiff legs and tail, and had a thick short hair of about 15mm. (2)

   We have proof of fossils and aboriginal paintings that indicate the existence of this animal around Australia and New Guinea, and date an age of about 2200 years. They had a varied preferred habitat. It ranged from the dry eucalypt forests to the swamplands. When Europeans arrived in 1803, they were abundant and widespread. (3)

   This animal was constantly hunted since they were seen as a threat for sheep and other small animals. The habitat that they lived in was also incredibly reduced by humans. Hunting along with negligence and lack of care towards these animals lead to it extinction on September 7 1936 when Benjamin, the last thylacine, died in the Hobart zoo, Tasmania. (4)

 

 We humans are responsible for the extinction of this animal. Now there is nothing we can do to revive this animal for this process is irreversible. The best we can do is learn from our mistakes to ensure correct animal protection techniques that prevent animals such as the Thylacine from becoming extinct.

 

Works cited

  1. Withgott, J. & Brennan, S. (2010). Environment: The science behind the stories. 4th Ed. San Francisco: Pearson Education.
  2. “The Thylacine – Australian Museum.” Australian Museum – Nature, Culture, Discover – Australian Museum. Australian Museum. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. <http://australianmuseum.net.au/The-Thylacine&gt;.
  3. Service, Wildlife. “10 Recently Extinct Animals.” Top 10 Lists – Listverse. Stephoo. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. <http://listverse.com/2009/07/25/10-recently-extinct-animals/&gt;.
  4. “DPIW – Tasmanian Tiger.” Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Dpiw. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. <http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/webpages/bhan-53777b&gt;.