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Feasibility Of Sustainability: Hard Questions

by: Hans van der Broek
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This month - December 2020 - made me wonder about governments and businesses' credibility, reading their statements about getting sustainable! I find these statements close to unbelievable. Feasibility of sustainability: hard questions is what we should seriously ask ourselves whether sustainability is really possible in our current and future world?

Feasibility Of Sustainability: Two Times More Electricity

Alon Musk announced that the world needs Two times more electricity in the next 2 decades because of our transportation's electrification. As a solution, he mentioned the extension of the existing nuclear-, solar-, wind- and geothermal energy sources.

World-map-graph-showing-renewables
Source: Our World In Data

Recommended: The Greatest Sustainability Trends In 2021

In 2019, about 11% of global energy came from renewable technologies. Note that this graph is based on renewable energy’s share in the energy production mix. Building nuclear power plants take at least 20 years, including the time needed for permissions from governments. Expanding solar-energy sources will occupy an enormous amount of land- roof surfaces, and wind energy will occupy large areas of land- and sea surfaces.

Chimneys-solar-panels-in-the-front
Photo by Science in HD

Recommended: Fossil Fuel Will Dominate Energy Use Through 2050

While transportation needs more electricity, also the demand from factories and households will grow globally. We must also consider that electricity needs ‘dirty’ activities as mining (lithium, for example), child labor, and brine extraction, which cause environmental pollution. We need at least 35 minerals like Arsenic, Germanium, Indium, and Tellurium for solar panels. For wind turbines, we need loads of rare-earth minerals.

Most of the machines used to mine the above minerals are fossil fuel-powered, so most of the extraction, transportation, production, and recycling processes have not yet the possibilities for a 100% recycling of the used minerals and components.

Wind-turbine blades are impossible to recycle because they are made from composites, difficult or impossible to recycle.

And did I mention batteries?

So, how do we produce enough ‘clean’ energy within 20 years?

Feasibility Of Sustainability: Deforestation Of The Amazon

Deforestation in the Amazon continuous at an ever higher speed. In 2019/20, deforestation reached 14 years high. Trees are cut for 'our' beef production, and the soya is needed to feed 'our' cattle. Not only do we import soya but therefore also water from the Amazon.

Recommended: Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use

graph-showing-deforestation-in-the-world
Source: Statista, Deforestation Made Brazil The World's Top Soy Producer

Recommended: Brazil Burns For Beef: You Still Like Your Steak?

CO2 At Record High Levels Despite COVID-19 Lockdown

The ppm of CO2 also recorded a level never before! Even with the lockdown worldwide, which caused less production and traffic, the CO2 level keeps rising. 

Graph-showing-the -rise-of-CO2-levels

Source: climate.nasa.gov, Global Climate Change, Vital Signs Of The Planet

CO2 is a heat-trapping gas that can be released by burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agriculture but also by vulcanos and respiration. The graph shows CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii.

One Hard Question

The fact that fossil fuel use and production of plastics is still on the rise. The destruction of biodiversity, overfishing, inequality, and the melting permafrost where massives amounts of Methane, ‘new’ viruses, and bacteria will be released, what makes it realistic with the ever-growing world population to tackle the above problems in the future if we can’t we tackle them now?

Cover photo Victoriano Izquierdo

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