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Environmental Science Final ProjectJennie G. WilliamsSCI/275 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCEApril 20, 2013Instructor: MICHELE ELLEREnvironmental Science final projectPage 1
Energy conservation is a very important topic if we want to help extend our life or existence on earth. We all can take part in helping to reduce our energy use; the problem is that we are very dependent upon fossil fuels. The US is the largest consumer of fossil fuels by far. In its first introduction fossil fuels was built on the idea that its cheap energy and we can use it forever. The problem is that the resources are becoming limited and the price is increasing. One of the problems is that most of the fossil fuels have to be imported. With the amount of fossil fuels that the US use, we don't produce nearly as much as what we actually consume. The US has to maintain peace with the countries that produced the fossil fuels. Another problem with our fossil fuel dependency is that we are not alone in our dependency. Other countries are competing for those fuels as well. In addition to the US there are other large booming economies that are dependent on these resources to handle their large and growing populations. This demand will drive the cost up. The reality is that some day we will run out of fossil fuels and the country has not prepared for an alternative energy resource.They are non-living and living factors that contribute to or are affected by our dependency on fossil fuels. We obtain some of our fossil fuels from the fossils of animals, plants and other living things. We need a healthy environment or habitation in order to produce fossil fuels. The problem is that our habitat is being fragmented. Most people think of fragmentation in terms of lands/islands and the habitat in and or around it, the land areas such as forestry’s can be fragmented as well. If humans build homes or cities around the forest we are in a sense Environmental Science final projectPage 2
fragmenting the habitat for many species such as elephants that need large areas to feed, roam and breed.Pollution from burning fossil fuels not only pollute the air but will cause damage to the ozone in the form of acid rain and ocean acidification. Acid rain doesn't just affect the nearby city; acid rain affects forest and fresh water lakes which were once considered untouchable. Our dependency on fossil fuels seems to increase the production which causes more pollution which has been linked to climate change. Our ecological footprint is important in order for us to live weneed a certain amount of resources, land, water, air and food. One danger to this resource is whenour area is invaded by non-native or foreign species. As mentioned in the textbook chapter 15 page 380 "