Natural Resources, What Is It About?

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Hello there,
For this issue, I would like to share something that I won't so care about..but, suddenly I realized that I should care about this issue because day by day, it becomes worst. So, precisely I would like to talk about natural resources..what is it about and the importance to balance it for future needs.

Enjoy reading!

Natural Resources are actually a natural process occurring substances that are considered valuable in their relatively unmodified..I mean a natural form. A natural resource's value rests in the amount of the material available and the demand for the certain material. The latter is determined by its usefulness to production. A commodity is generally considered a natural resource when the primary activities associated with it are extraction and purification, as opposed to creation. Thus, mining, petroleum extraction, fishing, hunting, and forestry are generally considered natural-resource industries, while agriculture is not.

Natural resources are often classified
  • renewable
  • flow
  • non-renewable

Renewable resources are generally living resources such as fish, reindeer, coffee, and forests, which can restock themselves if they are not over-harvested. Renewable resources can restock themselves and be used indefinitely if they are used sustainably. Once renewable resources are consumed at a rate that exceeds their natural rate of replacement, the standing stock will diminish and eventually run out. The rate of sustainable use of a renewable resource is determined by the replacement rate and amount of standing stock of that particular resource.

Flow renewable resources are very much like renewable resources, only they do not need regeneration, unlike renewable resources. Flow renewable resources include wind, tides and solar radiation.

While, non-living renewable natural resources include soil and water.

Resources can also be classified on the basis of their origin as

  • biosis
  • abiosis

Biotic resources are derived from animals and plants..I mean the living world. Abiotic resouces are derived from the non-living world such as land, water, and air. Mineral and power resources are also abiotic resources some of which are derived from nature.

Balancing the world's resources.

An increasing global population needs more resources - at the very basic, there are needs for healthy uncontaminated food and water supplies, shelter, clothing and good health. Resources are also required to make all the things that we use in our daily lives, from the oil that is used to make plastic, to the wood and metal that is used to make furniture.

So, it is a difficult to manage the world's natural resources when there are conflicting demands upon them.

  1. The environment should be preserved.
  2. Resources need to be retained for future generations to enjoy.
  3. Humans need to continue to make and do the things that allow them to live comfortably.

In order to conserve natural resources for future generations, sustainable management of the natural environment is necessary. Alternative resources might be developed in order to ease the strain on finite resources. However alternative resources can be expensive and take time to develop. Existing resources could be used more efficiently, to prevent finite resources being used up so quickly.

From some information that I have gathered through the websites, here are a number of ways in which we can help limit the damage caused by humans to the environment:

  1. Recycling resources that have already been used is popular and reduces waste. Many people recycle their used cans, bottles and paper. Making new aluminium cans out of old ones reduces our need to use fresh resources in their production.
  2. Limiting the amount of carbon emission generated through industrial and domestic use of fuels can assist in reducing levels of pollution. This can limit environmental problems such as global warming and acid rain.
  3. Resource substitution is another sustainable way in which resources can be managed. Renewable resources can be used instead of finite resources. Electric power can be produced with a renewable energy resource such as tidal, wind or solar power instead of fossil fuels.
  4. Sustainable resource management can help ensure that the use of resources within a biome does not cause an imbalance in its abiotic and biotic systems. Increasingly, sustainable practices are being encouraged in order to preserve animal and plant life for the benefit of life of future generations. An example of sustainable development is eco-tourism. Tourists are able to enjoy areas of natural beauty without requiring over-development that might harm the environment.

I think that's all for now, too long I think. I really didn't mean to talk much. I am so sorry if the fact I was trying to share maybe wrong..but, I am confident enough that it was all true. Hehe..

Before I end my blog, I would like to express my special thanks to Mr J ( my class rep) because of recommending me lots of useful websites related to this issue. Last but not least, have a nice day ahead!