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Geek Answers: Why don't we collect solar power in space? - Geek

Geek Answers: Why don't we collect solar power in space? - Geek | Resource Issues | Scoop.it
Geek Answers: Why don't we collect solar power in space?
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Solar power is the end-point for the human race, whether the panels carpet an African desert or line the interior surface of a Dyson Sphere.

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I think that if we can find a cheap yet well put together plan, then this is a way to get energy while keeping our planet more safe for future generations. While, there are still many issues that need to be worked on, if we can get people to work on this and find a way to fix these problems, then collecting solar power from space can be a very useful strategy to save our planet now so it can be more safe for our future generations.
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Imported Air Pollution from Outsourcing

Imported Air Pollution from Outsourcing | Resource Issues | Scoop.it

"Homegrown air pollution is bad enough, but for years scientists have tracked pollution rising out of Asia, crossing the Pacific Ocean, and descending over the western United States. A research team found that the Asian contribution over the southwestern United States could amount to 15 parts per billion of ozone (orange-red on three consecutive days in panels, left to right).  That could become even more troublesome, the authors note, if Asian imports increase as expected in the coming decades."

 

So in essence, sending manufacturing to China to avoid the Clean Air Act costs doesn't always lower our monetary costs nor does lower our environmental costs (not if our air is still polluted).  Geography is all about understanding the whole system, and the atmosphere does not recognize any international borders.  The Earth is our system. 


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You know pollution is getting bad when it starts to affect countries oceans away. Society depicts that there is a pollution problem, but they do not take action-they merely address it. If humans are to find a solution to this problem, however, we need to actually take action.  

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shamlabeth's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:09 AM

I believe that Asia should think about what they are doing to the world. They are effecting the climate and the other countries with their burning of fossil fuels. It's not just them though because China is at the point where they have to wear mask out. we need to come together and make the world greener.-Amanda

Max Minard's curator insight, May 26, 2015 10:06 PM

This article talks about air pollution hazards in America that are resulting from the pollution incoming from across the Pacific Ocean. Over the past few years, Asian imports have also increased the rate of incoming pollution that originated in Asia and is being distributed across the United States. As the article states, Asia's contribution could amount to "15 parts per billion of ozone." My insight would be to control this increase in pollution by perhaps limiting Asian and American interaction. Although, at the same time this interaction is probably necessary to the overall economies of both sides involved. This issue has both pros and cons linked with it, but either way the increase in pollution still needs to be solved. 

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Europe banning fluorinated gases by 2020

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The European Parliament has called for a ban on air-conditioners and refrigerator systems using fluorinated gases by 2020.

 

Fluorinated gases or F-gases are used as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons, hydrocholorofluorocarbons and halons. Though they do not damage the atmospheric ozone layer, have a potential global warming effect far greater than carbon dioxide.

 

As part of the international Montreal Protocol, the European Union is obligated to phase down on these F-gases.


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I think that it is a great idea to ban these contributors to greenhouse gas emmisions. Although there are still many causes for the depletion of the ozone layer, every little bit counts, and once other countries see that Europe is banning these Fluorinated gases and that the United States and China have agreed to help they might join in as well. It may take a while but we may eventually see all places in the world helping to decrease the total greenhouse gas emmisions.
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Global Warming Paws Fails to Materialise: Earth Still Warming and Global Sea Level Rising Like Gangbusters

Global Warming Paws Fails to Materialise: Earth Still Warming and Global Sea Level Rising Like Gangbusters | Resource Issues | Scoop.it
Human industrial activity burns fossil fuels which then release planet-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere thereby causing the Earth to warm.

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 People just don't want to face the fact that global warming is occuring-and at a far more rapid pace than before. After all, worrying won't make for a peaceful environment. Instead of ignoring the fact, however, we need to take action to try to prevent, or at least slow down, this catastrophe.

-Brooke

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shamlabeth's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:44 AM

I think that we should really cut down the burning of fossil fuels. The average tempature is rising and sooner or later we will pay the price. I mean the  glaciers are melting becsause of greenhouse gases that are trapped in the atmosphere.We should go green and save the world.-Amanda