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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Europe's Natural Resources Running out

     What have you learned? Throughout my geography classes, I have studied Europe's depletion of natural resources. After a few classes of continues research, posting and reflection I feel like an expert on my topic. Lets start by explaining the topic, in Europe, there are about 25 years left until its natural resources run out. Natural resource depletion in Europe is split into three categories, net forest depletion, energy depletion and mineral depletion. Net forest depletion is the rent times the excess of round wood harvest over natural growth. Energy resource depletion is the reduction of coal, crude oil and natural gas. Mineral Depletion covers tin, gold, lead, zinc, iron, copper, nickel, silver, bauxite and phosphate all important for Europe further development. Additionally, the main natural resources depleting in Europe are water, steel, fish stocks, oil and important fertiliser. Water scarcity in Europe and the rest of the world has grown to be so bad that it affects one in three people. Speaking about water, over the next 20 years humans will use 40% more water that they do now. Demands for steel is also set rise by 80% between the years 2010 and 2030 in the continent. Why this is happening isn't confirmed. To add on, commercial over-exploitation of the world's fish stocks has been so severe that it has been estimated that up to 13% of global fisheries have 'collapsed.' The BP Statistical Review of World Energy in June measured total global oil at 188.8 million tonnes, at the end of 2010. This is only enough oil for the next 46.2 years, should this global/European production remain at the same rate. This will affect Europe's economy largely because oil is a big part of their development. To conclude, Europe is lacking an important fertiliser called phosphorus. The fertiliser is made from phosphate rock which is only small in quantity throughout the world and can only be found in certain countries. Scientist from the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative claimed that in 50 to 100 years Europe will run out of this chemical used for farming. If no replacement is found. These few statistics prove my learning about the topic. 
     What do still want to learn? What I still want to learn about Europes natural resource depletion is how governments are going to solve this problem. I want to learn this because I am curious about how authorities and scientists are going to handle this problem. I believe that authorities will pay scientists to research and create a new type of renewable energy which is more efficient than others. After this future invention will be applied to countries it will hopefully highly reduce the amount of a carbon dioxide in the air. Which will also help remove global warming, a threatening event. In the end, it might be good that our natural resources run out.

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  1. Hi Rens!
    I think you you did a very good job choosing your topic as evidential from your interest of the subject, and I do agree with you, you really have become an expert on the chosen topic. It's visible that you did a very good job researching. As mentioned, you have very many facts, but one thing that I am curious about is if the minerals such as phosphate is "all important for Europe further development." does that increase the amount of imports of it? And if so, does that affect the amount of minerals mined?

  2. Misha-
    I think that you showed many examples of how Europe is running out of fossil fuels, and also showed how you understood and could analyze the data and statistics that you used in quotes from sites or companies. You also incorporated several things into the blog post such as farming, and fishing, and used statistics to show how they affected your world problem, so and good job.

  3. Hey Rens,
    Just by reading your post, it's evident there was a lot of research that went into this, as well as clear structure that definitely made your explanations and analysis easy to comprehend. Before reading this, I didn't know about the categories of the different depleting resources, and the different aspects of the economy and government in Europe they affect. The problem of strains on Europe's natural resources seems really complicated, as well as difficult to solve. I believe the most effect solution at this rate is for the government to control Europe's use of natural resources through surveillance, as people are one of the main causes of this critical issue. Foreign aid can also be put into account as well. Also, has the government thought of setting out to find other alternatives or taken/plan emergency measures? What countries have been most harmed by the high demand of natural resources?


  4. hEY Rens!

    I can see you've researched a lot about your topic, and you have a lot of statistics and numbers in your post. I also think it's great that you've not just focused on obvious things like oil or coal, but you've included FISH. Fish is an important resource, because it is a food and it tastes very nice. However, it would be good if you could include information about specific species of fish that live in Europe.