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Oil Production May Peak a Decade Earlier

As the world continues to rely on oil for more and more things, the oil reserves continue to be drained at faster and faster rates.  How long until our reliance on alternative energy is 100 percent though? According to Science News, it may be closer than scientists previously thought.  Are we going to be capable of relying completely on alternative energy before fossil fuel reserves run out?

Nevin Lewis

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Resorts where they shouldn’t be

The last few weeks we talked in class about water shortages and factors that contribute to them. At least to me it seemed that the most obvious factor was people overusing in places of  the country that do not have much water to begin with. Such as Las Vegas with their giant fountains and swimming pools, here is another example http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124593116.  People are clearly not getting it if they are talking about building things like this still.

Kirk F.

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Go Vegan!

I recently decided to try going vegan at the beginning of last week. It has been something that I have wanted to do for a while and I thought that I would share the experience with you guys! I am no expert yet, but I have found that it is not as challenging as I thought it might be. There are many benefits to being vegan including; health, animal, and environment. This website lists 101 reasons and benefits that might influence you to try it too. I was worried that it would be difficult to find a variety of foods to eat but you can find tons of information online about vegan options. I live on campus and so far have found vegan options at victors, hot lips, chipotle, seattle’s best and many other restaurants around campus. I have felt much healthier and full of energy ever since starting my new diet and I encourage you all to try!

Grace W

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Environmental History Forum

I just got back from an “Environmental History Forum”, a series of speeches and a group discussion held at the Smith center at PSU. The three guest speakers were all professors at the University of Wisconsin: Nancy Langston, James Feldman and William Cronon (from first term’s “Goals of a liberal education”). A main topic being discussed was our ability to learn from the past in order to create a more sustainable present and future, both by studying how previous cultures have changed or adapted to threats such as scarcity of resources as well as studying what didn’t work so well in the past. An example that I thought was interesting was that Cronon predicted that in 20 years we will look back on the compact fluorescent bulb and say what a mistake it was due to the spread of mercury that it causes. This learning from previous good and bad decisions seems to be one of the main pillars of environmental history. Another concept brought up is that “sustainability” is not actually a state of equilibrium or stasis that can be achieved, but more of a continual process of discourse to keep moving forward and making better decisions. Also popular was bashing on Jared Diamond and his idea of why civilizations collapse for being too simplified. Overall, it was a very fascinating event and I would recommend reading “Changes in the Land” or any of Cronon’s books. He is a very smart guy.

-Matt Z.

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Artificial Photosynthesis

I found this amazing article about how scientist found a way to artificially replicate photosynthesis. This technology  could revolutionize the way we produce energy. Every household could have a sustainable efficient way of producing their own energy.  Check this article it explains how the whole process works.

-Jeff G

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Water companies

I thought that it was interesting that we talked about privatization of water with concentration on bottling companies. I think that the water that we get straight from our faucet should be addressed, most of us have water bills that are either billed separate or included in our other bills. I think that it is really important that we realize how companies that treat our water and provide us with water, could potentially be owned by and employing people like us. Here is an article that shows some of the things that companies managing our water have tried to do to be more sustainable.

Logan Taylor

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