I had never thought about idling before this class. I sort of just figured that idling didn’t produce enough exhaust to make a difference. Clearly I was wrong about that.
For the past few years I had read that all over the world coral reefs had been dying, but I never really looked into it. More recently I read that coral reefs occupy only 1% of the ocean floor, but accounts for about 25% of the oceans species. Coral bleaching has become a major issue that will soon be irreversible. By 2050 95% of the world’s coral reefs will be destroyed.
I’ve been told fracking is “bad” for years by news organizations, but I never really researched why it was so bad. The diagram I posted above really shows how dangerous fracking can be. I know there’s not much we can do to stop the fracking, except wait for enough evidence to come out against it. Which I think is pretty depressing if you ask me.
I had previously thought that the longer droughts in California were relatively normal. But, climate change has a bigger hand in it than I previously thought. The New York Times says that climate changed has increased the duration of droughts by 15-20%.
Deforestation has always been an important issue to me. I didn’t really learn anything new about it during this class, but it continues to be a huge issue for the planet. Laws have been put in place that are supposed to at least slow down deforestation, but in many countries these laws have been ignored.