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Are plastic bans the right way to fight ocean pollution?

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Are plastic bans the right way to fight ocean pollution?

General Marine plastic pollution (2019) A running list of plastic ban on ocean pollution (2019) Ocean plastic pollution (2019) Pro US needs a federal ban on marine plastic pollution (2019) UN calls for ban on plastic bags to save oceans and species (2019) 7 ways to reduce ocean plastic pollution (2019) EU agrees to ban throw away plastics (2019) Bahrain to ban plastic bags, starting in July (2019) Con Trudea’s

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Should all buildings be required to be outfitted with solar panels?

Background California becomes first state to require solar panels on new homes (2019) Solar required in all new commercial buildings in Mass town (2019) New York passes a law requiring green roofs (2019) Mayers in 19 cities require buildings to be net zero by 2030 (2019) More cities now require solar panels for new buildings (2019) Pro Texas could increase solar power 10X by requiring builders to put solar panels

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Should government subsidize car companies that produce electric vehicles?

General – Subsidies Electric Vehicles — Tax credits and other incentives (2019) The current state of electric vehicle subsidies (2019) Pro —  Electric Vehicles Good Why electric vehicles? UCS electric vehicles Yes, electric cars will be cheaper (2019) Pro — Government Subsidies Good Do electric vehicles need subsidies? (2018). Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are an important pathway for decarbonizing transportation and reducing petroleum dependence. Although one barrier to adoption is the higher purchase price, advocates suggest that fueland maintenance savings can make

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Is the world experiencing an extinction crisis

Yes Humans have driven nearly 600 plant species to extinction (2019) The Extinction Crisis (2019) One million species threatened by human extinction (2019) 1 million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction, UN Report says No We haven’t found any recent articles that answer this question in the negative.   Subscribe for Access To More!

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Do the benefits of using nuclear power outweigh the risks?

Basic Background Nuclear energy works by capturing the energy produced by a nuclear reaction to generate heat that then turns turbines that generate electricity. The electricity is then delivered to consumers through the power grid. The nuclear reaction can be produced by nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, or nuclear decay. The Atomic Archive explains that, “When a nucleus fissions, it splits into several smaller fragments. These fragments, or fission products, are

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Is wind power a reliable solution to reducing reliance on fossil fuels?

Background American Wind Energy Association.  The basics of wind energy. David Roberts. These new wind turbines are a marvel.   They are also our future (2019). he declining price of solar power gets more press, but there are big things happening in wind technology too. And I mean big. The math on wind turbines is pretty simple: Bigger is better. Specifically, there are two ways to produce more power from the wind in a

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Is clearing forests for agricultural use worth the costs to wildlife habitat?

General The Guardian. Tropical forests increasingly cleared for commercial agriculture (2016).  Increasing international demand for palm oil, beef, soy and wood is fuelling the illegal destruction of tropical forests at an alarming rate, according to new analysis that suggests nearly half of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of unlawful clearing for commercial agriculture. The report, by the Washington-based NGO Forest Trends, concludes that 71% of tropical deforestation between 2000

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Is clean air a human right?

The right to breath clean air (2017).  Clean air is fundamental to healthy human life. Yet the vast majority of the world’s population lives in places where they are exposed to poor air quality, with estimated 6.5 million deaths associated with exposure to air pollution in 2012 alone. This has the potential to get significantly worse, as population growth, economic growth and urbanization cram ever more people into increasingly polluted cities.

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Should fines be imposed on businesses that don’t recycle?

General Will recycling become a thing of the past? Experts say it’s possible unless changes are made (2019) Various advantages and disadvantages of recycling (2018) Yes Benefits of Recycling (2019) Recycling reduces the use of natural resources by reusing materials: 94% of the natural resources used by Americans are non-renewable. Non-renewable, natural resource use has increased from 59% in 1900 and 88% in 1945. Recycling saves non-renewable resources. For example,

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Is Climate change a threat? (All 2019)

Yes No one is going to be happy giving up land to fight climate change (2019).  There is no shortage of scary facts in the major new report on climate change and land, a summary of which was released today by a United Nations–led scientific panel. Chief among them: For everyone who lives on land, the planet’s dangerously warmed future is already here. Earth’s land has already warmed more than