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"Over the Hills in Milby” – Houston, Texas

Photo by Rocky Perez


"We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"

Lee Iacocca
CEO/Chairman, Chrysler Corporation, 1979-1992

 

 

Introductory Biology for Non-Science Majors

Sustainability Topics

 

Energy

Houston is known as the Energy Capital of the world.

  • Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas transfers carbon from underground to the atmosphere.  The U.S. emits more carbon than any other nation (28%).
  • Atmospheric carbon acts as a blanket around the globe; increasing levels are resulting in global warming1.
  • Spread of disease vectors, more severe storms, droughts and heat waves, rise in sea level, disruption of world food supply, and millions of climate refugees will result from global warming2.
  • Industrialized nations project a dramatic increase in fossil fuel consumption in the coming decades, resulting in a 39% increase in carbon dioxide emissions by 20153.
  • Sustainability will require a shift from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy4.

 

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