The topic that our next class will approach is oil drilling and the effects it has on our environment and biodiversity.
Typically, most people would agree that too much oil drilling would be devastating to the aquatic life and nearby waters due to oil spills killing off fish and basically causing the water to be inhabitable. Oil also contains unhealthy chemicals which could be released into the water, and through the food chain, eventually lead to deaths of much larger animals.
However, I stumbled across an article that actually insists on how oil drilling is actually an ecological upside: http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2014/10/so_it_turns_out_theres_an_ecol.html
It’s an opinion column, so the writer talks a lot about his opinion on climate change, preserving endangered species, etc. But he does bring up an interesting notion in that there is actually research showing how having skyscraper-sized oil rigs actually benefits the species living nearby it, as the number of species is higher if the location of their habitat is nearby an oil rig.
Apparently, the height of the oil rig is a good thing for an aquatic ecosystem. I found this very intriguing and counterintuitive because it just sounds so bizarre.