Describe some signs of hope in overcoming global environmental problems?


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We still have a long way to go in overcoming global environmental problems. Almost all of the energy used in the world is still derived from fossil fuels. Some countries, such as China, use coal as a majority of their energy production. Fossil fuels, especially coal, pollute the air, land, and sea.

The drilling that takes place to extract oil damages the environment tremendously. Strip mining literally involves bombing mountains to the point of nonexistence. Most developed countries, especially the United States, have not really made an appropriate effort to help these problems.

Despite all of this, there have been some efforts recently to improve the environmental situation. The EU is especially concerned with the environment. They even have environmental ministers who are assigned the task of making sure that their country is adhering to the environment standards the EU sets out. The United Kingdom has been especially enthusiastic about recycling. Europe seems to be more concerned about fixing the environmental problems than most other areas.

There has been large amounts of research in recent years about the use of solar and wind power. Solar panels and windmills are being constructed throughout the world. This helps to alleviate the use of fossil fuels. Hydroelectricity is another promising area. Electric and hydrogen cell cars are being improved. If scientists can create a safe and effective hydrogen car, we can all drive cars that essentially run on water.

People are now concerned about the amount of waste being put into landfills and are now choosing to recycle more often. There are efforts to get people to grow their own gardens and to create garden co-ops. Planting trees has become a more popular activity. Families often plant a tree for each child they have. Even the small things help because the attitude of the public must change for the world to become better. 

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