Welcome to Science Saves
Last year, science made major contributions to society and the planet. Scientific literature formed the foundation for worldwide awareness campaigns, largely initiated by youth such as Greta Thunberg. This has since put pressure on politicians to make stricter environmental laws and to push for goals for the near future. Last year in astronomy, we managed to capture the first ever image of an existing black hole. In anthropology, we discovered the remains of our earliest ancestors in a cave in Greece. Major progress was made in Ebola vaccinations. With questionable ethics, Chinese geneticists have manipulated embryotic DNA in the hope of creating HIV resistant individuals.
While these developments are highly positive, the work never stops. As the years pass the global human population grows, with an ever-increasing need for resources, while the resources available decrease. It is estimated that by 2050 the world will be shared by 9.8 billion people. It is also estimated that if our current consumption trend continues in a linear fashion, that we will need twice as much food as we produce currently. Although this level of production is possible, the likelihood of the necessary distribution of that food is unlikely.
As the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 continues to spread, the international community has taken strict measures to curb the growth rate of the virus. Many world governments have implemented ‘social distancing’ in the hope of ‘flattening the curve’, which is the strategy which refers to slowing the infection rate and spreading cases out over time, as not to have too many new cases in a given period in time. This has been deemed important in the hope of preventing and overload in hospitals and specifically intensive care units, as medical staff throughout the world believe that ICU’s may quickly become saturated. At present, it seems as though the most in-demand equipment relevant to the COVID crisis is the ventilator. Being a respiratory disease, patients with severe symptoms may find themselves struggling to breathe. The use of ventilators is crucial in these cases as they allow oxygen supply to continue despite labored breathing. Tech giant Tesla president Elon Musk has said via Twitter that, in the event of a shortage in the U.S., that Tesla would produce and provide ventilators to hospitals in need. The number of units to be supplied and the speed of delivery are not yet known.
The basic requirements to enable life include the need for energy intake, such as the need for food and water. In today’s world however, those needs and wants have extended to medicine, power, information and others. It is essential for us to protect the supply of these resources in the years to come.
At Science Saves, we explore ways in which we may transition from the use of fossil fuels, to sustainable power like solar, wind and hydro energy, made possible only by science!
Diversity of life is the precursor to continuous successful evolution. To survive an ever changing world, a species but be able to adapt. Today Earth is home to millions of unique species across thousands of taxa. Each plays its role in providing to its environment, and each as important as the next.
Most societies have an undeniable dependence on animal, whether it be as a source of food, or for the ecosystem services they provide. With an ever growing demand, we need to ensure supply can keep up.
Humanity, a recent addition in cosmological history, has had a significant impact on its surroundings. From the ice caps to the deepest jungle, humans have learned to survive and thrive in any and all environments. Our success is proven in numbers. This has come at a cost however.
We have come a long way since our humble beginnings, and although we have negatively affected many of the worlds habitats, new efforts are constantly being made to reduce and reverse our footprint.
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