Sample Geography Paper on Water Quality and NEPA

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Based on what is learned so far, some of the global environmental concerns facing the world currently are land degradation and transformation and climate change. To a large extent, land degradation and transformation affects water quality. One of the causes of land degradation and transformation is the increased use of pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, and other harmful chemicals. More often than not, these chemicals are washed into water sources such as rivers, dams, lakes, seas, and oceans causing pollution that in turn affects water quality. The issue of climate change is largely affected by NEPA. NEPA stresses environmental conservation and assessment meaning that practices such as logging, deforestation, and other practices that negatively impact the environment and lead to climate change are prohibited. It should be noted that practices such as logging and deforestation result in the release of carbon stored in the soil into the atmosphere, which later contributes to climate change. By banning or prohibiting such practices, NEPA has reduced the level of carbon from soil released into the atmosphere. As such, it is on the right track when it comes to solving the issue of climate change.

Climate change remains a global concern today. One of the solutions to this concern is adopting renewable energy such as solar and wind. Currently, humans are increasingly using fossil fuels, a move that has more than doubled carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The use of renewable energy might reduce the levels of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, and gradually help to solve the climate change debacle. Of course, humans might be affected positively by this solution as they are responsible for the increased burning of fossil fuels that has raised the levels of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. In implementing the said solution, government agencies around the world must formulate policies that insist on the use of renewable energy rather than fossil fuels.