Earth Matters

Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

While everyone has probably heard the term “nuclear energy” and likely made jokes about it involving extra fingers, glowing skin, or Homer Simpson, knowing what it actually is and what it does is far less common. As far as human participation goes, nuclear energy has...

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Pros and Cons of Hydropower

Hydroelectric power, or hydropower, refers to using moving water to generate electricity. Water flowing downhill turns turbines that drive electric generators. Reservoirs created by dams allow operators to precisely control the rate of water flow and the amount of...

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The Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

Fossil fuels have been the primary source of energy for human civilization since the start of the industrial revolution. While coal, oil and natural gas still supply most of the world’s energy, growing concerns about dwindling supplies and the carbon released when...

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What is Plasma Energy?

Plasma energy is produced when fusion takes place in a controlled and magnetized environment. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, a gas in which a sufficient amount of energy is present to enable ions and electrons to coexist. Scientific evidence suggests that...

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Industrial Pollution: Causes and Effects

Starting in the 18th century and gaining popularity in the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution brought about drastic changes in the social and economic lives of humans. The benefits of the revolution are felt even today, but so are the adverse effects. The...

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Green Technology

Green technology combines science and technology to reach a goal of repairing the world’s ecosystems. Also known as environmental or clean technology, this strategy encompasses a wide variety of techniques, such as green building, recycling and using clean energy. The...

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The Pros and Cons of Wind Power

In today’s world, there seems to be a growing focus on practices that are sustainable and respectful of the environment.  This includes turning to forms renewable energy as alternatives to fossil fuels. One of the most well-known and visible examples of a sustainable...

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What Will You Find in a Desert Ecosystem?

Deserts are some of the harshest places on Earth. While humans can live off the land in several, severe climates, being stranded in the desert is virtually a death sentence for even the most capable wilderness survivor. It’s this particular reason that makes deserts...

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