Photosynthesis and its key role as a sustainable energy supply

Global warming is a complex problem which is related to manyy other environmental issues. One of the most important of these issues is the significance of energy consumption to human existence.

Energy consumption is the source of much environmental degradation, yet we are dependent on it, especially now since the populations in emerging countries are becoming more prosperous and affluent, thus there is an even higher demand for energy.

People cannot have both an increase fossil fuel use and a habitable planet at the same time. Fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas are our main sources of energy, producing the vast majority of fuel, electricity, and heat used by people across the world. Yet, fossil fuel-fired power plants are the largest source of global warming pollution.

They release huge quantities of green house gases to the atmosphere. To address it, we must accelerate development of clean energy, improve energy efficiency and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We must also find new ways to reducegreenhouse gases.

The development of renewable energy such solar energy, wind power, hydropower, geothermal energy, biofuel and biomass are important to be used to deal with these problems.

As a biologist, I think biofuel and biomass could be commercially important in the future. Related to the photosynthesis studies, I believe that genetic engineering can be used to create a high biomass-producing plant to increase crop yields of food, fiber, wood, and fuel, as well as to make better environmental condition in the future.

Herewith I enclose my presentation in Masuda-Sensei Class entitled Photosynthesis and its key role as a sustainable future energy supply.

Photosynthesis and its key role as a future

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