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Environment

What Are the Environmental Impacts of Offshore Drilling?

October 24, 2019
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Offshore drilling involves extracting oil from reserves located beneath the sea rather than on land. There’s also what’s known as deepwater drilling, where the necessary equipment reaches depths of at least 1,000 meters. Offshore drilling is complicated, but its supporters assert it’s an essential process due to the world’s continued dependence on fossil fuels.

They often overlook the environmental impacts, though. Here are some of them.

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Wildlife

Wildlife Extinction Is Hurting More Than Just Animals

October 21, 2019
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When people think about wildlife extinction, they often ponder how creatures like the woolly mammoth and the dodo bird now only exist through media and research. However, it does more than eradicate animals. Here’s an eye-opening breakdown of how extinction’s effects often get overlooked.

It Could Trigger the Decline of the Human Population

A sobering report from the United Nations warns that 1 million species are at risk for extinction. The organization says it’s not too late for everyone to work together, from a local scale to an international one, to enact positive changes.

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Environment

When Will We Consider the Environmental Impact of Coffee Production?

October 10, 2019
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Many people enjoy a nice cup of coffee to start their day, but do you think about where it comes from? What about who makes it?

For environmentalists, these are essential questions that require detailed answers. Consuming sustainable goods is one of the many levels of your journey as an eco-friendly buyer, and it may involve reevaluating how you think about your favorite foods.

Coffee is a popular drink in the U.S. and around the world, but its production methods leave much to be desired. The environmental impact of coffee extends to humans, animals and plants. Its creation can lead to the destruction of valuable resources and wildlife habitats — whether intentional or unintentional. If there’s ever a perfect time to consider coffee’s influence on the climate, now’s the time.

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Green Technology

The Impact of Future Technology in Emergency Management

September 6, 2019
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With the reality of climate change visible on weather reports, we as a society must prepare ourselves for more severe weather. Those on the East and Southern coasts brace themselves for hurricanes and floods, while the West battles wildfire and drought. In an emergency when seconds count, technology can streamline evacuation efforts, reunite families and transport needed supplies to survivors.

What emerging technologies will have the most significant influence on emergency management? How can we use what we possess currently to improve response times? And can advances in software and hardware help prevent future disasters?

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What Technology Predicting Natural Disasters Means for Disaster Preparedness

September 2, 2019
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Natural disasters are becoming more prevalent and more destructive with each passing year, thanks to climate change and the rising global temperature. Hurricanes are getting larger and more powerful. Droughts are lasting longer, which encourages both water scarcity and wildfires. There are many other disasters we don’t hear about on the news unless they impact human life. New technology may be able to predict these events more accurately than ever before. What does this new predictive technology mean for disaster preparedness?

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Environment

The Relationship Between Population Growth and Natural Disasters

August 29, 2019
population growth and natural disasters

By the statistics, natural disasters seem to have become more severe. Wildfires, earthquakes and hurricanes dominate the news cycle. 2018 was one of the costliest years on record for natural disasters. That same year, Hurricane Michael became the strongest hurricane on record to strike the Florida panhandle. And we know that climate change has the potential to make natural disasters even worse.

But what’s driving this change in the impact of natural disasters? Is the culprit a change in the climate or a change in how and where people live?

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Oceans

How Does Contaminated Flood Water Affects Our Health?

August 26, 2019
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A flood is a natural occurrence where water covers once-dry land. It can have a positive impact on an ecosystem, especially one experiencing prolonged drought. Unfortunately for most, it can also have a deadly effect.

Flooding typically happens after heavy rainfall when waterways – like rivers, creeks and ponds – can’t hold the new water. In coastal cities, tropical cyclones, tsunamis and high tide combined with high river levels cause floods.

Natural disasters are worsening with global warming. As temperatures rise, so does the risk of tropical cyclones and intense storms. Experts say a warmer climate could produce fewer storms – but they will be much more destructive.

If you get caught in a flood situation, you can reduce health risks by avoiding the water.

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Oceans

The Causes and Effects of Oceanic Natural Disasters on Our Environment

August 23, 2019
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Natural disasters wreak havoc on the people affected by them. When it comes to oceanic natural disasters, such as tsunamis, there are also substantial implications on the environment. We’ll explore some of them here. Tsunamis are long, high waves typically caused by underwater earthquakes occurring at tectonic plate boundaries. Most happen in areas that have above-average tectonic plate activity.

But, volcanic eruptions and undersea landslides can also trigger tsunamis, as could a meteorite hitting the ocean. Tsunamis reach top speeds of 500 miles per hour. That’s why it’s crucial to use early-warning systems that give people the information they need to seek shelter on higher ground before the disasters hit.

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Wildlife

Animal Disaster Rescue Will Need to Evolve With Climate Change

August 15, 2019
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This may not be that widely known, but in 2006 Congress passed bipartisan legislation called the PETS Act, or the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act. The passing of this law coincided with the widespread criticism of FEMA and the executive branch as Hurricane Katrina was pummeling New Orleans.

The PETS Act was an important step forward in our collective response to natural disasters and how we go about reuniting animals with their families after the worst has passed.

With global climate change making both the risk and intensity of such disasters worse, the time has come to re-evaluate whether our current protocols are good enough for the task ahead. It’s vital to determine how well our homes and communities have prepared for whatever might happen, including to our animal brothers and sisters.

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What Are the Effects of Natural Disasters on Wildlife?

August 12, 2019
effects of natural disasters on wildlife

Natural disasters are a part of life on our little blue marble, but climate change has started making them more intense and more deadly in recent years. Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on August 25th, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane, caused 39 deaths and millions of dollars in damage. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico where Harvey formed are warmer than they used to be, so hurricanes are getting larger and stronger than ever. We pay a lot of attention to the effect that these disasters have on human life, but how do they affect wildlife?

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