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How scientists are working to reverse damage caused by pollution

Planet Earth is facing negative man-made changes – scientists are working to stop the bleeding and reverse the damage.

The earth is dealing with a loss of biodiversity, a damaged atmosphere, and a human population dependent on fossil fuels.

One method of ecological restoration is called “overgrown” – a process by which damaged land can recover and/or reintroduce a species into an area without human intervention.

Insects play a key role in rewilding – they act as a natural pesticide to discourage pests from eating crops.

Chemical pesticides are a pollutant, especially when used in large quantities — but insects also help break down natural waste to create healthier, richer soils.

The Pioneer quoted a famous biologist as saying: “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would return to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If the insects disappeared, the environment would be in chaos.”

Meanwhile, humans are working to lessen their contribution to Earth’s demise with advanced technologies.

One of the major pivots people are developing is reducing our dependence on dirty energy like gas and coal.

As these fuels burn, they pump out carbon dioxide — raising temperatures and igniting a fuse that ends with an uninhabitable planet.

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“Rewilding” is a method of leaving the area alone without introducing new species, allowing the earth to recover on its own.
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Clean cars like the Swedish-made Polestar electric car or Elon Musk’s Tesla models are becoming increasingly popular – and that’s a big step in the right direction.

Battery and charging technologies need to be improved to the point where charging your car is as quick and easy as filling up with petrol – currently it takes between six and 12 hours fully charge a Tesla vehicle.

But electrification can’t stop at the car – we need one fully electric transport network to sufficiently reduce CO2 emissions.

Electric trains and even electric flying cars could become transformative technologies that give the earth a chance to heal itself.

Some think that going green is a life-and-death decision for the planet — but part of what’s pushing governments in that direction isn’t motivated by climate change.

This article originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/20/how-scientists-are-working-to-undo-damage-caused-by-pollution/ How scientists are working to reverse damage caused by pollution

DUSTIN JONES

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