Research Round #1 (Cycle 2): How might our world change in the next 100 years?

Hey everyone, this is my first round of research for this cycle. I will be looking into how technology helps our environment and what could be invented to help it even more. 

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How technology is helping the environment:

-Renewable energy - There are 5 different types of renewable energy: Solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal(uses the Earth's heat),and biomass(uses organic mass and landfill waste to make energy and fuel)(1)

-Electric cars- These are cars that run on rechargeable batteries. They use up to 62% of their battery power to power the wheels whereas traditional cars only use up to 21% of their fuel to power up the wheels. Which in case you didn't notice is almost 3 times more energy efficient. (1,3)

-Less paper being used- With many applications we have nowadays such as Microsoft Word, we can easily type out things and share it with others digitally so no paper is being used.  Even if we do need to print something out, generally less paper is being used because 2 pages written would be able to fit on one page typed.(1)

-Advanced agriculture- Thanks to technology, there are different types of agriculture now: Precision agriculture(satellite imagery and sensors that help farmers get a bigger view of the field),  Vertical farms(Using skyscrapers as type of greenhouse where crops can be produced year round and doesn't require the same amount of land), Robotic farming( Robots planting the crops, weeding, and doing everything a farmer would do), and livestock biometrics(Allows farmers to receive real time data on all their livestock).(1,2)

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A vertical farm

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An electric car 

What are ways that could save our environment in the future

For this part I decided to choose one environment to look into, the ocean.

-Ocean Cleanup- the ocean clean up is an organization that creates technologies to clean up plastic and waste from the ocean and to prevent more waste from going in the oceans. They already have a few technologies that do this but are always looking for more ways and most likely will have some in the future. (4,5)

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-Sea robots- These are pretty self explanatory but scientists use these robots to explore parts of the ocean that mankind cannot explore. They can control robots above the water, and send robots with lights, sensors, and tools to bring back samples, take photos, and explore the seabed and the creatures that live in those parts.(4,6)

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-Better nets- Many different fish are caught for different reasons.  Although most of the time, nets catch fish you don't need and then their life is taken away for no reason. It's very possible that in the future that there will be technology that can identify different fish and catch only the fish that is needed. (4)

-Fish tagging- Electronic tags are tiny and they transmit data about movements, migration patterns, and interactions between wildlife to satellites and receiver stations and they can be attached to almost any type of creature, no matter how small. It's put on a lot of animals, but scientists would like start putting them on creatures in the sea. (4,7)

1.  https://www.digitalcare.org/en...s-helping-the-earth/

2.  https://www.thebalance.com/wha...ical-farming-4144786

3.  https://www.caa.ca/electric-vehicles/

4. https://www.techrepublic.com/a...elp-save-the-oceans/

5. https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

6. https://www.popsci.com/humanoi...reefs-and-shipwrecks

7.  https://www.hidglobal.com/prod...chnologies/animal-id

 

Next time, I'll be looking at what type of environment changes could we see,what type of animals could be discovered, could we discover a new species and what animals could go extinct. Thanks for reading

 

 

 

Original Post

Hey Rhea, 

Great round of research and I love that you added photos because it helps the reader get a better understanding of your topic. I like how you are staying on the same topic of environmental changes but focusing on animals this time. A question I have is with the help of technology, can we breed new species and bring back the extinct ones? The movie series Jurassic Park shows scientists breeding dinosaurs in a lab and creating new species, so I was wondering if we will soon be able to do that as well. Also, if we are able to create new species, how will that affect the food chain? As always I look forward to your next post! Here is a link about discovering new species using technology. 

http://discovermagazine.com/tags/new-species

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