Exploitation of Natural Resources

What is it?

Exploitation of natural resources first originated in the 19th century through "extraction". Today, about 80% of of the world's energy consumption is from the extraction of fossil fuels; oil, coal, and gas. There's a cycle as to how this issue perpetuates (continues); population increases, then economic growth occurs, and finally raw materials and natural resources are extracted.
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Economic Growth

It's the increase in market value of goods and services from an economy. It's measured as the percent rate increase in the GDP.
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Lower grade minerals are being extracted, which means a higher amount of energy is required for the extraction itself, as well as the processing. This exponentially increases cost, labour, and calls for more extraction of resources.
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Resources Gone Wild

Many of our natural resources are under pressure. Population continues to increase at a staggering rate; more people, more resources consumed.

Excessive demand often leads to conflicts due to intense competition.

Non-equitable distribution of resources.

Problems

Deforestation
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Soil erosion
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Water pollution
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Natural Hazard/Natural Disaster
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Throwback Thursday

Let's take a trip down memory lane, to look back at all the natural atrocities our world faced, due to the exploitation of natural resources.
Exxon Valdez, 1989
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BP oil spill, 2010
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What is Consumerism?: The story of consumerism
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Don't be this guy!

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Be this guy!

“It is a happy faculty of the mind to slough that which conscience refuses to assimilate.”


- William Faulkner ; 1932