The oil crisis and the series of natural disasters are a wake up call to all of us. They remind us how fragile our modern lifestyles are and force us to accept the reality that all these conveniences we enjoy can be taken away in a flick of a finger. The only way we can ensure that our limited resources can cope with our needs and demands is through technology, which is not without consequences. Oil spills, radioactive wastes, and the likes of biochemical weapons, are examples of its undesirable and oftentimes destructive products.
Several wars and diplomatic tensions have centered on oil which is depleting with every passing second. However, another natural resource, which deserves greater attention, is now forcing environmentalists and politicians to take a closer look. We are talking about water that has now become a topic of heated debates and discussions.
There are a only a finite number of avenues that can be pursued until it is realized that a new system must be installed. Agriculture at present is pinning final hopes on “bigger and better” machinery, more chemicals, and genetic manipulations. At present, these approaches have only resulted in higher food prices from petroleum costs, pollution of our environment, and a monoculture vision of future food production which could end in a global famine.
Running a high-efficiency ceiling fan cost you as little as one dollar a month. Compare that to running a window air-conditioner at $50.00 a month, and you can see why they are called an energy saver. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money on utility bills in both the winter and summer months.
Once again, global warming reaches headlines with recent news from Greenland reporting a large chunk of ice has broken off the north polar ice caps. While Greenpeace activists claim this to be our own man made global warming’s fault, many scientists are urging people not to panic, saying a break like this, besides its size, is a normal occurrence happening on a regular basis in the Arctic. Still, no one can deny that today, after the big break, Greenland’s Petermann glacier is the smallest it has been since 1962.