BIO 121 CSUGC MOD 5 Approaching Zero Carbon Energy Production Discussion

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Household waste production has a large impact on the environment. Much of it ends up in landfills, while some of it ends up in rivers and oceans. And the more we consume, the more raw materials we use, and the more habitats are polluted or even destroyed in the process of extracting those materials. In this paper you will investigate the concept of achieving a zero-waste lifestyle. Begin by viewing view these three short videos on reducing waste: A pain-free way to cut down on the stuff in your home | (Links to an external site.) Disposability Consciousness (Links to an external site.) and The Business Logic of Sustainability \ Ray Anderson \ TED (Links to an external site.).

Write a paper addressing the following questions:

  1. Do you think it is possible for anyone to achieve a truly zero-waste lifestyle? Why or why not?
  2. What are some fundamental shifts in consciousness—in the way we think about our consumption and waste production—that would have to change on the path toward such a lifestyle?
  3. What do you see as some of the easiest steps one could make toward reducing waste production in the home?
  4. What do you consider to be the greatest obstacles to reaching zero waste, and why? What are some methods of tackling those obstacles?
  5. Do you think that you and your household would ever be able to reach zero waste? Why or why not?
  6. Looking beyond the home, do you think that corporations can attain zero waste? What are some of the pros and cons a company might consider before pursuing that goal?
  7. Can humans live sustainably on Earth and still produce waste? Why or why not?


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Option #2: Approaching Zero-Carbon Energy Production

In the Ecological Footprint Reduction Project that concluded this week, you may have taken steps to conserve energy. While it is certainly the case that the less conventional energy we use, the less carbon we tend to emit into the atmosphere, we aren't going to achieve zero carbon emissions from energy production until we stop burning fossil fuels altogether. We are still a long way from that; as you can see from this table of U.S. energy production by source (Links to an external site.), in 2018, 62.9% of the nation's energy still came from burning coal, oil, and natural gas. Given this situation, and the urgency of our global need to curb greenhouse gas emissions soon, what should we do from here? In your paper, propose one action that you feel would make the biggest impact toward realizing a zero-carbon energy future. That action might involve government at some level (national, state, local) and/or non-government organizations, and/or communities, and/or individuals. Provide a detailed plan for how that action might be accomplished most readily. Note any obstacles that might need to be overcome along the way, and how that might be done. Support your ideas with credible and/or scholarly sources.


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Option #2: Approaching Zero-Carbon Energy Production
Typically, a significant action plan towards achieving a zero-carbon energy solution in
the country is relying on alternative sources of energy such as nuclear energy. The adoption of
nuclear energy has invoked serious controversy throughout the world concerning how it can be
adopted. Like other sources of energy, it features both advantages and disadvantages. There have
been arguments that nuclear energy is a ticking time bomb not only to humans but also to the
environment. This is because energy production is achieved by utilizing nuclear reactors that rely
on radioactive materials to function. Despite the notable disadvantages of energy production, the
advantages are significantly superior (Nuclear Energy Institute, 2020). As such, the United States
ought to embrace the path towards the adoption of nuclear energy to achieve its goals of
minimizing carbon emissions and further buildup of greenhouse gases.
According to Nuclear Energy Institute (2020), United States boost ninety-six reactors that
are stationed in twenty-nine states. In the generation of the country's electricity, they account for
approximately twenty percent. This is achieved with zero carbon emission as they utilize
uranium rather than fossil fuels. It is important to note that the advantages of nuclear power
outweigh the disadvantages as it can be utilized to mitigate climate changes whilst being a
significant and reliable energy...

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