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 「地球」と「環境」

地球の資源

Our lifestyle is supported by a variety of resources on Earth such as oil, coal, metals, wood and water. Some of these resources take a long time to develop and most of them can't be created artificially. Some natural resources can only be found in certain parts of the planet and others are said to become exhausted in the near future. Although population growth and industrial development have increased the consumption of resources, several efforts are underway across the world to use these limited resources more effectively.

限りある資源

Under our current global economy and with present technology, we are certain to run out of resources in the future. These resources are necessary for producing goods and energy they are vital to our future. If we run out of resources, we will no longer be able to produce the products and electricity required to keep our airplanes, trains and cars running.

資源の偏在

Some resources are produced only in limited parts of the Earth. This is called maldistribution. For example, 60% of the world's oil is reserved in the Middle East, where 30% of the world's oil is produced; 90% of the world's white gold, including platinum, is reserved in South Africa, where 60% of the world's white gold is produced.
If situations of resource producing countries worsen halting their production or export of such resources, shortages or price hike may occur, which eventually affect our life seriously. イラスト
主な資源の産出地域・図

環境問題

Digging wells and mines to obtain resources has raised concerns about their effects on the environment. Resources are also limited and maldistributed. Because of this, efforts, such as saving energy, using alternative energies, and recycling, are currently being undertaken. 新エネルギー

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