The sustainable management of natural resources involves managing natural resources such as land, soil, water, and minerals in a sustainable way.
Preserving natural resources is one of the most important issues today. Natural resources provide the main source for our everyday needs. Through the years, we have been able to find a balance for using these resources in innovative ways.
Harnessing wind energy is achieved when wind passes through turbines, powering generators and creating electricity. Wind farms dot open landscapes and are made up of a few to hundreds of individual turbines. The turbines are linked to the electric power transmission network and the electricity from them is transferred nearby and across states.
Radiant light and heat from the sun are used to create electricity with the help of a number of different technologies including solar panels. These panels absorb sunlight and then convert it to usable energy. Many solar panels can be found on rooftops of homes or businesses, providing electricity to them in an environmentally friendly way.
Geothermal energy is gathered from the heat that is generated and stored in the earth. The source of the heat can be found in shallow ground, a few miles below the earth’s surface, or far deeper in flowing magma. Geothermal energy is currently used in 24 countries and geothermal heating is utilized in 70 countries around the world.
Hydropower is captured from falling or fast-flowing water that is then converted into electricity. This is accomplished through the use of turbines and generators. In 2015, hydropower produced 16% of the world’s electricity and 70% of renewable electricity. It is currently used in 150 countries.
Unity College offers an online master’s degree in sustainable natural resource management. The program prepares students to make a difference in the environment through their career.
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