If all of the world's natural resources vanished, life on Earth would perish. As a result, if natural resources vanish, no one will be able to live. Consider water, which is needed for human living and is naturally accessible. There is no method to make or produce water. It only occurs naturally. If all the water on Earth were to disappear, then nothing could live.
There are two ways that this scenario can happen: slowly or quickly. If natural resources are depleted gradually over many years or centuries, they will be gone but other resources will replace them. For example, after reaching its peak around 1970, global oil production has been decreasing steadily because we are using more fuel-efficient vehicles. However, there is still enough oil to last for several hundred years at current rates of usage. If resources are depleted rapidly, then they will be gone forever. For example, if the oil in one country was used up, then it would not be replenished because there would be no more use for it.
Natural resources have many forms including oil, gas, coal, and minerals such as gold and silver. They can also take the form of wood, grass, and wild plants. Natural resources are essential for manufacturing products that we need every day such as cars, computers, and phones. Without these resources, most of our activities would be impossible. For example, oil is used by refineries to create gasoline that fuels our cars and trucks.
Water is essential to life. If water vanished, there would be no plant life, no animal life, and no humans. Life on Earth will cease to exist. This event has been called "The Great Water Mystery".
There is no known source of water outside the planet. The only way we can get it is by going into space or beneath our feet. Geologists say that some parts of Earth must have had water at one time, but they cannot imagine what might have destroyed it. Some scientists think that a collision with another planet may have done it. Others think that it may have evaporated without any warning because it was held inside minerals that form deep under Earth's surface.
We know that some planets such as Mars have vast amounts of water trapped in their polar caps. Scientists believe that Earth once had more ice at its poles, but they think that all this water went away about 5 million years ago.
Even though we know that water is important for living things, we also need air, soil, and sunlight. These things are also needed by anyone who wants to live on Earth today. There is not enough water to go around for everyone, so we need to find ways to share it. That is why governments work together to come up with policies regarding water use.
If it vanished from the planet, all life would go with it. Indeed, some futurologists anticipate that the next major conflict will be fought over water rather than territory or economic gain. Human, animal, and plant life, for example, rely on it, and it is becoming a rare resource by the day. If everyone consumed according to their current needs, we would need about half of the earth's available water. This is more than can be supplied by natural processes so it must be extracted from underground sources or outer space.
Scarcity will drive up prices which in turn will drive out small farmers who can't afford to pay for their water. They will be replaced by large-scale agricultural producers who can afford to buy their water rights. This will mean a loss of biodiversity - the more diverse the food source, the better its chances of survival during times of scarcity. Finally, scarcity will cause conflicts between countries who have different priorities. For example, one country may prefer growing cotton for clothing while another grows corn for fuel. The first country will stop buying our grain if they see no benefit from doing so and let their imports drop. At that point we might be able to offer them cheaper cotton but only if they agree to trade their goods back again.
In conclusion, scarcity will lead to wars over water, agriculture, and energy, all of which should be considered essential for human survival.
Resources are limited. None of this would be possible without the abundance of natural resources we inherited from the earth. Others, such as minerals, fossil fuels, and even the air we breathe, are non-renewable, which means they might be lost forever.
But even if we used everything available to us, we'd still need more than what's left on Earth. The planet is actually moving farther away from the sun, which is why scientists think it will eventually freeze over.
So yes, we need resources in order to live sustainably. But first, we have to decide what kind of lives we want to lead and only then can we find out how much of each resource we need for that life. And even after we figure that out, there's no guarantee we'll use them wisely.
For example, humans have been cutting down forests for fuel ever since we started using fire to farm. But even if we used all the available wood, we'd still need more than what's left on Earth. The problem is we're also burning it too fast so it doesn't have time to regrow.
That being said, we need resources to live sustainably. But we should use them carefully because there aren't any more replacements waiting for us on other planets. Or at least, not yet.
Humans rely on nonrenewable resources (natural resources) on Earth for existence and development. Resources cannot be made to endure indefinitely, but they may be made to last for a long time (for a while).
The concept of resource sustainability was first introduced by American geologist Waldemar Karl Schumann in the book-length manuscript titled "On the Conservation of Energy" published in 1930. He argued that if human activities are not changed, then all known fossil fuels will be used up within 100 years and beyond that time frame renewable resources will be depleted.
Since then, many studies have been conducted on this topic, and it has become clear that sustainable resources management can help avoid depletion and even allow some resources to be extended beyond their normal lifetime.
For example, managed forests provide economic benefits that can be used to justify their protection. Protection policies also prevent forest degradation which would otherwise release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Sustainable use of natural resources is important for preserving the environment over time. Resource conservation can help preserve the availability of these resources for future generations. It can also help reduce our dependence on foreign sources for essential materials.
However, no system of resource management is perfect, so all resources will be consumed sometime after they have been used up.
(a) If plants and animals vanish from the Earth's surface, the ecological equilibrium will be thrown off. Without plants, there will be no oxygen available for breathing after a certain period of time, and everyone will perish. All of these animal and plant species, including humans, rely on one another. If any one species goes extinct, then others might follow suit.
Even though plants and animals go extinct all the time, it doesn't mean that the ecosystem as a whole is damaged or unstable. Species always seem to find new homes where they can survive, so in fact the Earth is very well protected because nothing can destroy it.
However, what would happen if all the species on Earth vanished? This situation is called "extinction". Humans and other animals are responsible for extinction because we kill off most living things who cannot escape our influence. For example, hunters kill off large animals who are not able to protect themselves, and this allows smaller more vulnerable creatures to survive. Scientists believe that dinosaurs were killed off when a huge asteroid hit Earth and destroyed most of the vegetation.
If all the species on Earth disappeared, then the ecosystem as a whole would be damaged. There would be no more plants to eat by default, and without insects to eat plants, they would die. No animals would be left except for those that were dependent on the dead plants, such as ants who eat the seeds after their parents have been eaten by birds.