Unfortunately, not all bodies of water are safe to swim in in today’s industrial world. Pollution is a major problem that has greatly influenced the quality of water in major rivers and lakes throughout the United States. Oil spills and other man made disasters have posed serious threats to even larger bodies of water such as the Oceans and bays. The best way to find out about the quality of water is to use resources from the Environmental Protection Agency and [...]
More of us are showing a deeper concern over the state of the planet and how our daily activities impact it. The more we learn about resource depletion, pollution, global climate change and the like, the more people want to do their part to reduce at least their personal impact on the environment.
Water, the vital resource of life, is an element that does not get enough attention. Energy deals and efficiency can save a family a lot of money by way of reduced water usage, as well as reducing their burden on the environment. Our daily life takes a toll on the planet.
What follows are just a number of problems our energy usage causes natural waterways.
Massive amounts of water are required to generate energy. Hydroelectric is the most obvious source of energy that causes problems for rivers and other water systems, but even electricity produced through the use of coal, natural gas or nuclear power, require water to properly operate.
This, combined with our ever-increasing demand for water to fuel our daily lives and for things like watering our lawns, has caused many rivers to significantly diminish in the amount of water that flows through them. Some do not even meet the bodies of water or flow to the places they once did.
Increased Toxins in Water Supply
The generation of power releases greenhouse gases and other emissions into the environment. This means not only the air, but the water as well. Heavy metals and other toxins make their way from power facilities to our soil and eventually, to the groundwater below. This leads to a buildup of harmful toxins in our water supply, which can negatively impact the health of humans, plants and other animals. Choosing an energy provider that offers green energy plans can help to offset or avoid water pollution from power generation altogether. You might even be able to save money on your home energy costs when you switch providers. Check out Commerce Energy deals to learn more.
Negative Replacement Rate
Our increasing demand for energy also means an increasing demand for water. As a result, the replacement rate is now negative for a good number of our key water tables. This means that we are taking out water faster than it can be replaced, ultimately reducing the amount of potable water available to the population and nature.
With these factors in mind, it is easy to see why we not only should, but need to do something about our energy usage so as to preserve our precious, vital waterways.
There are many stunning bodies of water to visit across the world, but some are absolutely unbelievable. Here are a few to put on your bucket list:
1. The Dead Sea – This body of water located in both Israel and Jordan is famous for its high salt content that gives anyone the ability to float effortlessly. It is also believed by many that its combination of minerals have great health benefits.
2. Devil’s Punch Bowl – Located on the Oregon Coast, this formation has a natural opening facing the Pacific Ocean. When the waves enter, [...]
People who love the water are always the people who go out on their boats, or on a cruise, and watch the waves as the roll about in the ocean, unbound and free from any constraints. The greatest thing about wave watching is that if you do it from a safe distance, or from a vessel that will not tip over, you are going to be able to actually ride the waves while you watch [...]
The seas and oceans take up far more room on our planet than the visible land, so it’s important to not know what habitats we are dealing with, but to protect them as well. There are a vast number of plant and animal species that are found every year so with constantly emerging flora and fauna, making sure that we learn and protect these organisms is important to our survival.
Whether you enjoy going to the beach for a holiday or [...]
Those who love nature would have a great time exploring the different scenic environments present in the world. Along with trees and mountains, there are many great bodies of water out there as well. Water can be at times taken for granted, though it provides individuals with a beautiful site. Not only is water great to look at, but it also proves to provide many different activities for people of all ages. One does not need to know how to swim to be able to enjoy the different benefits that bodies of water [...]
Most people don’t think about it, but the environment around them affects everything from their mood to their pocketbook. Studies have shown that biological and chemical processes dependent on sunlight lead to us feeling happier on sunny days than cloudy ones, even when we spend the vast majority of our time inside. Additionally, rising temperatures over the most recent three decades have led to increased energy costs and demands, with subsequent damage to people’s pocketbooks and budgets.