25

Jul

How Climate Changes Affects Biodiversity

As the world warms, the plants and animals that reside on the planet are negatively affected. The most obvious damage is occurring in the Arctic and Antarctic. Because of the dramatic loss of ice at both poles, native species must struggle to survive. Polar bears are particularly harmed. With less ice, they must swim for days to seek prey. Under current conditions, it is possible that polar bears may soon become extinct.

Climate change increases the acidity of the oceans.Is this new to you? Catch up here The Read the rest of this entry »

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5

Jul

How Does Energy Deregulation Affect Sustainable Development?

In recent years, the trend in energy policies have been increasingly towards deregulation. This is true not just in the United States, but all over the world. The reasons for this wave of deregulation sweeping world energy markets are numerous and complex. Understandably, many environmentalists and consumer activists are concerned about the long term effects deregulation will have on sustainable development. Does deregulation help or hinder the sustainability movement?

Not surprisingly, there are differences of opinion on this subject. Depending upon whether you are an energy producer, regulator, consumer or a political activist will help determine how you view deregulation and its effects on sustainable development. However, a growing consensus seems to be forming that the effects of deregulation in most cases are ones favorable to sustainability. For example, deregulation can help people to better compare electric rates, thereby resulting in savings for consumers. But there are other potential benefits as well:

Transparency

In order to have sustainable development, there needs to be a clear picture of what kinds of energy are being produced, how it is being produced and what role it plays in the overall energy mix. This kind of information is notoriously hard to get in highly regulated markets because energy producers are usually shielded by government involvement. More open markets create more transparent practices as energy providers compete to win over customers. Sustainable development requires transparent markets in order to find the open niches in which it can blossom.

Comparison Shopping

Heavy regulation makes it difficult for competitors to enter the field. The result is consumers are often trapped into buying from a few or even just one provider. Without competition, energy providers have little incentive to improve their service or lower their price. That leaves consumers with little basis to know whether they are getting a bargain or getting ripped off. Sustainable development means being able to compare and evaluate alternatives in order to better determine end results. That is something that it is more difficult to do in a highly regulated market.

Sustainable development is the wave of the future, but it needs to be adaptable to a wide range of situations. Evaluating the circumstances where sustainable development can be most effective and then integrating it into the total energy situation is something that overall appears easier to do in a less regulated environment.

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12

May

The Impact Of Corruption On Sustainable Development

Failing to account for the effects of industrial and governmental corruption on efforts to create and develop more sustainable energy production could be a very costly oversight. Providing developing nations and regions with access to clean-energy alternatives, especially in circumstances when doing so can eliminate the demand for less sustainable resources, has much potential in terms of addressing the current energy crisis. Programs, efforts and projects that become less effective due to corruption could be far less beneficial as Read the rest of this entry »

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8

May

The Necessity Of Sustainable Development For The World

World Development and Demographics
For centuries, world development was heavily dependent on demographics. The industrialized nations in Europe, Scandinavia, the Far East and Russia eked out a semblance of development which was not always sustainable. With advances in technology, these developed nations prospered. Central and South America and the continent of Africa remained largely outside world development. These were referred to as “third world countries,” due to their lack of sustainable development. During the 1900s, these nations began to open trade with major global super powers and the picture of global development changed radically. The issue that continued to Read the rest of this entry »

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7

May

Sustainable Development: What It Means To Emerging Democracies

Believe it or not, there are a number of countries that are still developing which are more then happy to embrace a sustainable future. They are willing to make their buildings and other structures in this way because they know that this can be a better way for them to grow their economy. Also, pressures from already developed countries make it very difficult to have enough resources to develop in other fashions.

Sustainable development is certainly more costly than other methods of developing initially, but the dividends that it Read the rest of this entry »

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5

May

How Asia Will Decide The Future Of The Environment

Just as Asia leads the world in production of industrial and consumer goods, so must it step up and lead the world in carbon reduction. While the emerging Asian nations make a legitimate point about the West’s long-term contribution to climate change, the unprecedented growth in China’s and other nations’ carbon output is accelerating the devastation of the planet.

With an abundance of cheap coal for energy production, the rapid pace of growth has outstripped the ability of the environment and governments of Asian nations to Read the rest of this entry »

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2

May

The Danger Of Rising Mercury Levels In Our Oceans

The heavy metals and other industrial pollution that has been created by decades of industry have created a number of very serious environmental concerns. The current levels of mercury that can be found in seafood is one such example of how an environmental issues has begun to have a more immediate and dire impact on health concerns. Learning more about the mercury levels and toxicity that may be found in a wide range of fish Read the rest of this entry »

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