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Renewable resources need to be conserved because

(a) we should not use them faster than they are replenished by nature.
(b) they are slowly disappearing from the earth
(c) if we overuse them nature will stop replacing them.

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(a) we should not use them faster than they are replenished by nature.
Renewable resources are exhaustible and we need to conserve them. We should not use them faster than they are replenished by nature.

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