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The Easter Islander's Rise And Fall - The original inhabitants of Easter Island serve to show us what the ingenuity of the human spirit can accomplish and the follies that can accompany them. The first islanders were the Polynesians that arrived around 400 AD from south-east Asia. It is estimated that their were between twenty and thirty individuals that made the colossal journey. By the innovation of the double canoe it allowed them to travel a great distance to an island where they could establish a brilliant civilization. There civilization was based on being the best one can be which fostered intense competition between the different clans....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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The Role of International Law Concerning Deforestation and Desertification - The Role of International Law Concerning Deforestation and Desertification The surface of the earth is, in a sense, its skin-a thin but crucial layer protecting the rest of the planet contained within it. Far more than a simple boundary, it interacts in complex ways with the volatile atmosphere above and the raw earth below. It may seem hard to imagine it as a critical component of the ecological balance, but in fact, the health of the earth’s surface is vital to the health of the global environment as a whole....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution]
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The Rainforest and Deforestataion - WHY ARE RAINFORESTS IMPORTANT. Rainforests are important to the global ecosystem. Rainforests: ? provide a home to many plants and animals, ? help stabilize the world's climate, ? protect against flood, drought, and erosion, ? are a source for medicines and foods, ? support tribal people, and ? are an interesting place to visit RAINFORESTS HELP STABILIZE CLIMATE Rainforests help stabilize the world's climate by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is believed to contribute to climate change through global warming....   [tags: essays research papers] 1113 words
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Tropical Deforestation and Its Effect on Global Climate - Tropical Deforestation and Its Effect on Global Climate Abstract Rainforests are the predominant natural vegetation throughout the wet tropics. The defining characteristics of a tropical rainforest are temperature and rainfall. Wherever temperature is high enough and rainfall heavy and regular enough, there is rainforest (Bagheera, 1996). Tropical rainforests of all kinds once covered approximately 14 percent of the Earth’s surface, more than eight million square miles (Conservation International, 1998); forming an equatorial green belt around the Earth rich in diverse plant and animal species....   [tags: Rainforests Nature Environmental Essays]
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Environmental Issues - ... According to a 2008 United Nations report, the world’s fishing fleets are losing $50 billion each year through depleted stocks and poor fisheries management (Black). Most of the problems associated with overfishing have been caused in the last fifty years by the rapid advances in fishing technology. Many fishing boats have been replaced by massive factory-ships which are able to stay out at sea for weeks at a time. ECOS Magazine reported that the 2010 tuna catch was estimated at 2.4 tons, the second highest annual catch on record (2012)....   [tags: Negative Impacts, Deforestation, Air Pollution]
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Three Threats to the Sustainability of Forests - When speaking about the sustainability of forests, sustainability itself must first be defined. The concept of sustainability is not easily defined in a single sentence or even in several sentences. As quoted by Steve Nix (n.d.), the British Columbia Forest Service defines sustainability as the integration of 3 elements, the environment, the economy and the social system, into a single system that can be maintained in a healthy state indefinitely. To achieve and maintain this delicate balance, many different factors within those 3 elements are required to work together in unison....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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Logging in the United States - Logging in the United States Logging in the United States is a very controversial subject. Many people have different opinions on how we should take care of our forests and sometimes the arguments can get heated. Logging needs to be done to protect small western communities from catastrophic wild fires. Logging also gives small communities a way of income. When people think of logging they think of clear cutting which is damaging to the environment, but clear cutting does not happen too much on the national forests....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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Tropical Rainforest Destruction - Tropical Rainforest Destruction Introduction “In the minute that it takes you to read this page, a piece of tropical rainforest the size of 10 city blocks will vanish forever” (Lewis, 1990, pg 40). Rainforests around the world are being destroyed at such rates, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. The rainforests are “home to over half of all living things [and]…cover less than 7 percent of the land surface of the globe” (Lewis, 1990, pg 14). This paper analyzes tropical rainforest destruction from many different perspectives because there are several contributing factors to the destruction of rainforests....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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Destroying Our Rainforests - Destroying Our Rainforests Every day an average of two football field sizes of precious rainforest are torn down, killing millions of animals and destroying valuable pharmaceutical plants. A huge amount of these animals and plants have never, and will never be discovered. Experts say, "Close to eighty percent of the terrestrial species of animals and plants are to be found there [in the rainforest],." As people tear down the rainforests they are affecting the ozone layer, and disrupting the process that lets plants fight the deadly amount of pollution the world produces every day....   [tags: Deforestation Essays] 901 words
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The Act to Save America's Forests - The Act to Save America's Forests A new bill in the U.S. Congress, The Act to Save America's Forests will be decided on September 2001 to see if it will go into affect. The law would help reduce clearcutting in many national forests and save the endangered species living in that habitat. At one time America was once covered with one billion acres of towering primeval forests. These forests were teeming with plants and animals, a treasure-trove of evolutionary diversity and biological richness....   [tags: Environment, Law, American Goverment, Deforestatio] 327 words
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Saving the Old Growth Forests - Saving the Old Growth Forests America’s Old Growth Forests are an endangered resource that is quickly disappearing. The ancient forests are being unnecessarily wasted, and are growing smaller and smaller with each passing moment. Because the logging industry and the organizations in control of much of the remaining old growth (approx. 5%) are failing to see its value from an ecological/spiritual perspective, the children of tomorrow may never gaze upon the history of today if we do not take a stand now, and prevent the short-sightedness of others from destroying what ultimately belongs to us all....   [tags: Logging, Deforestation Essays]
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Energy Resources: Conservation of Coal - ... It can also help power many important businesses around the world. Also since coal is a nonrenewable resource, means that we can’t fully rely on it. Already prices for all fossil fuels have sky-rocketed. Some day we will run out of these resources, like coal, so we need to conserve it the best we can. (Source Watch, 2013) Since population is rising, the rate of coal has increased. We don’t realize how much coal we use every day. We are constantly surrounded by items that either have coal in them or coal helped make them....   [tags: fossil fuels, wind energy, deforestation, mining]
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Climate Change: The Solution - ... The next big concern to the environment is the rapid rate at which trees are being cut down every year across the globe. This process known as deforestation is extremely prevalent in Mexico’s poorest state of Chiapas. The state, which lives or dies with the forests that are now becoming less and less present in their everyday lives. Between 1993 and 2000 Mexico lost nearly 3 million acres of forest, more than twice what was previously expected. (Peters) While Mexican President Vincente Fox has publicly made peace with the Chiapas Indians, there are blueprints drawn that show that highways, dams, and other massive construction projects looked to take more of their precious forests away from them in the near future....   [tags: environment, fossil fuels, energy, deofrestation]
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Policy Evaluation of the REDD Mechanism in the Congo - Introduction Deforestation in tropical forests has gained salience in public debate on climate change mitigation policies. Such salience stems from the negative externalities caused by deforestation, such as the release of greenhouse gases emissions, the loss of biomass, forest degradation etc. Recent research on CO2 emissions point out that tropical deforestation represents about 15 to 17 percent of anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) . To curb the emission of greenhouse gases emissions from tropical forests, the parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention have initiated a mitigation policy called “REDD+” (Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) to be implemented in tropical countries on a voluntary basis ....   [tags: Ecology ]
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Biomass Energy In Africa - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer talks about the deforestation in Africa, and the different type of experiments William conducted in search of possible alternative energy. Deforestation is a growing problem in Africa due to the household communities’ dependency to use wood for fuel to prepare their daily meals, or use wood to create charcoal and sell in order to buy food for their families and survive. For most households in Africa, the use of wood to make charcoal is their way of life....   [tags: Alternative Energy]
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Sustaining the Human Population - ... Once the populous is more prosperous, social change can more easily take effect. Deforestation One of the major side effects of overpopulation and social ignorance is deforestation. Deforestation is the removal of forests to convert the land to other uses. Some of the main causes of deforestation include: charcoal, timber, and paper production from logging, land clearing for use as pastures for livestock, and removal of forest from population sprawl. The resulting impact on the environment is devastating....   [tags: Causes, Change, Earth]
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CSR and The Environment - INDIA AND CHINA The environment is far from protected in countries like India and China. Pollution which is a commonly large factor in both the countries is present in every aspect of nature and the main concern being the change in mentality about urbanization and industrialization in people’s minds. To add to the pollution issue both these countries deal with several environmental problems which cause this unwanted pollution problem in their regions. The 3 main problems faced by India and China are Deforestation, Industrial Air Pollution and Industrial Water Pollution....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Example of the Scientific Method - Example of the Scientific Method Observation: In one of the major regions of deforestation, the province of Rhondonia, Brazil, the rainfall has been severely and or completely stopped. Theory: As the tropical rainforest of Rhondonia, Brazil is leveled for farmland, rainfall is significantly and directly reduced. Rainfall is reduced because there are fewer trees to return water vapor to the air through tree transpiration, or water evaporation through trees. Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air compared with the amount of vapor needed to make the air saturated at the air's current temperature....   [tags: Papers] 546 words
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Innovation and Sustainability - ... 1). However the ability to understand the environmental, and the significances of policies to low down the rate if deforestation and sustainability. Another human production of urban areas is affecting streams, lakes, and estuaries (Turk & Bensel, 2011). Storm water from urban areas is carrying pollutions to stream and waterways. Runoff pollution according to your text is now the nation’s leading threat to water quality. Runoff pollution is affecting about 40 percent of our nation’s surveyed rivers, lakes, and estuaries (Turk & Bensel, 2011, Chapter 4.3)....   [tags: Resource Depletion, Human Production]
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Ozone Depletion - ““It’s absolutely stupid that we live without an ozone layer. We have men, we’ve got rickets, we’ve got rockets, we’ve got saran wrap – FIX IT””, said Lewis Black, a comedian. If only it were that easy. However the ozone continues to be depleted because of deforestation. To understand this topic, one must understand what the ozone and deforestation are. The ozone should be protected at any cost. If we fail to protect our ozone, the earth will become one big frozen and lifeless ball. First and foremost, to understand the ozone one must understand deforestation and the ozone layer....   [tags: Environmental Issues, Environment]
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Cattle Ranching in the Brazilian Amazon - Summary This policy memo addresses the development and expansion of the cattle ranching industry in Brazil, which has contributed to the mass deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon in the last 40 years. It exposes the regional and global consequences to deforestation and provides strategies for the Brazilian government to sustainably manage cattle ranching industries while protecting the future of the Amazon. The rainforest ecosystem is an immense reserve of natural recourses that is far more valuable than the beef produced on Brazilian cattle ranches....   [tags: Agricultural Research ]
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Global Warming Is Eroding Glacial Ice - People are responsible for higher carbon dioxide atmosphere emissions, while the Earth is now into the Little Ice Age, or just behind it. These factors together cause many years discussions of the main sources of climate changes and the temperature increasing as a result of human been or natural changes and its consequences; even if its lead to the global warming, or to the Earth’s cooling. In their articles, “Global Warming Is Eroding Glacial Ice” by Andrew C. Revkin and “Global Warming Is Not a Threat to Polar Ice” by Philip Stott, both authors discuss these two theories (Revkin 340; Stott 344)....   [tags: Analysis, Andrew C. Revkin] 846 words
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The Dynamics of Desertification - ... It may sound similar to desertification, but do not get them mixed up. Deforestation is the rapid reduction of forests due to logging (Deforestation). Forests cover thirty percent of the world’s land area (Deforestation). That seems like a decent-sized number, but it is shrinking very quickly. There are many situations in which loggers cut down trees in mass amounts and do not replant new ones when they are finished with the land. How does this tie in with desertification. The roots of trees are what hold topsoil onto the ground, so when there are no trees, there is nothing to prevent the wind from eroding the topsoil of the land, resulting in unfertile, unusable land (Deforestation)....   [tags: environment, drought]
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Pollution and Environment Essay - We Must Save the Rainforest - We Must Save the Brazilian Rainforest       The Brazilian Rainforest is one of the most unique, vast, and diverse regions of the world. To get a general idea of the diversity of the Rainforest, it makes up a total of one-third of the world forests (more than four million square kilometers), it contains half of the total number of named species in the world (eighty-thousand plant species, 1,500 fish species, and one-forth of the 8,600 bird species), and is the world largest holder of genes (Library 138-139)....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]
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Environment and Climate Change in Panama - Environment and Climate Change in Panama Home to vast tropical rainforests, an immense variety of animal and plant species and the seaway that connects the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, Panama relies heavily on all these resources for its economy. However, environmental challenges threaten the sustainability of these assets and therefore create a significant problem for the country. This paper will examine the effect of weather and climate change on Panama coupled with a specific focus on the Panama Canal....   [tags: Weather Panama Environment Essays Papers]
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Trees: A Disappearing Resource - The current state of our global climate is very fragile; we have renewable and nonrenewable resources that are being handled irresponsibly, which has created a host of problems for future generations to contemplate. Lumber has long been an invaluable resource to operate throughout history. Modern housing technology relies on lumber to supply the framework a house is built on. Vast arrays of other products such as furniture are also driven by lumber. Logging trees is harmful when no action to replace what was taken out of them occurs....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Environmental Issues in Africa and The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility - Introduction Africa is the world's second largest and most populated continent after Asia. With 1.0 billion people as of 2009 accounting for about 14.72% of the entire human population. Africa suffers from many environmental problems including deforestation, oil pollution, air pollution, and land and water pollution. This issues is as a result of new technologies leading to an increase in solid mineral mining, oil exploration, an increase in the number of plants and factories, and on the whole increase in the application of manufacturing tools....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Habitat Destruction and Extinction of Animals - In an exceedingly vast forest in Mexico, the world’s largest woodpecker is flying around rummaging for food from tree to tree. The bird measures about two inches tall, the males have a red-sided crest and have black feathers, and the feminine is all black, towards the bottom, they both have white plumages towards the tail, and a protracted beck. The fowl is an Imperial Woodpecker, it subsist on fruits, nuts, carpenter ants and beetle larvae. This feathered friend exists peacefully in this forest....   [tags: Ecology]
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Thailand’s Three Major Issues - Introduction Thailand or also known as the Kingdom of Thailand is located at the center of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its surrounding countries are Burma, Laos, and Cambodia. The capital city of Thailand is Bangkok, and the country predominantly follows the Buddhist faith. As of 2011 Thailand was the 21st most populous country in the world, with around 64 million people. Thailand is notorious for its breathtaking scenery and famous tourist spots. However, what you might not know is that Thailand is currently facing a number of issues as a country; these issues can be summed up into three major categories: Environmental issues, Human Rights issues, and the South Thailand Insurgency....   [tags: Thailand]
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Killing the Rainforests of Madagascar is Killing Humanity - Deforestation is a major problem for many different places around the world and the island of Madagascar is no exception. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and lies in the Indian Ocean, as a part of Southern Africa, just east of Mozambique (CIA). It is one of the poorest countries in the world and its landmass is only about 224,533 square miles; which is just a little less than twice the size of the state of Arizona (Wild). Poaching of trees, plants, and wildlife have always been a concern on the island but I want to discuss how and why they have recently begun to increase drastically and how Native American beliefs would and could, possibly, help the situation, so that the island of Madagascar does not self destruct anymore than it already has....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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The Negative Effects of Human Influence in the Amazon Rainforest - ... Trees are not only cut down by logging companies, but also by poor farmers and ranchers. These poor farmers and ranchers come from other countries. The government is encouraging them to settle the land under government policies. However, this group uses a different type of deforestation technique called ‘slash and burn.’ In this type, farmers and ranchers cut down and burn forest life to create fields or grazing land for cattle. They use this type to put necessary nutrients into the soil, however the rain washes most of them away....   [tags: enviornment, rainforest, developers]
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Depletion Of Forests - Can you picture our earth without forests. Many of us can’t. Forests cover approximately one fifth of the worlds land surface and play an important role in our everyday lives (Dudley 4). Forests provide us with many products and services from helping maintain erosion to providing jobs for our citizens. Humanity depends on the survival of a healthy ecosystem and deforestation is causing many social, economic and ecological problems. One ecological problem is Global warming witch is caused when carbon is released into the air after the burning of forests....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Human Impact on the Environment - Human Impact on the Environment About three hundred years ago there was a definite spurt in the population of the human race. This was brought about with advancements in sanitation and technology, as well as a dramatic fall in the death rate. By around 1850 the world's population had grown to about 1 billion and by 1930 it had risen to 2 billion. The current figure is around 6 billion and at this rate the United Nations estimates the population will be at about 9 billion by 2054....   [tags: Environmental Papers] 1539 words
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The Development and Management of Tropical Rainforests - The Development and Management of Tropical Rainforests The primary reason for the rapid reduction in the size of the worlds greatest natural resource, the Tropical Rainforest, is mainly due to economic incentives, placed on developing countries be it by the World Bank, TNCs or just private investors. This is well illustrated, in Gunung Palung in Indonesia where illegal logging activity is occurring in the this national park because wealthy local merchants and members of the local police, military, and national park staff have been financing small groups of villagers to log, for them....   [tags: Papers] 1830 words
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Reducing Global Warming - Reducing Global Warming Our planet, Earth, is surrounded by a shield of atmospheric gases consisting primarily of nitrogen and oxygen. The sun produces radiation which is most intense at short wavelengths. The atmosphere is almost transparent to this radiation and is absorbed by the earth’s surface. When the land and sea are warm they radiate the energy they have absorbed at a longer wavelength, some is reabsorbed and re-radiated back to earth by atmospheric gases....   [tags: Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases] 1535 words
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Effects of Strip Mining on Appalachian Environment - Coal mining, in particular, strip mining has become the latest casualty of the growing green movement in the United States. What is coal mining. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines strip mining as the removal of vegetation, soil, and rock above a layer of coal, followed by the removal of the coal (strip). Most Americans don’t realize the impact this fossil fuel has on their everyday lives or the nation’s economy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the mining industry directly employs some fifty thousand Americans with nearly half that number working in the more specific field of strip mining, or mountain top removal mining (Average)....   [tags: Environment ]
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Effects of Strip Mining on the Appalachian Environment - Coal mining, in particular, strip mining has become the latest casualty of the growing green movement in the United States. What is strip mining. Encyclopædia Britannica Online defines strip mining as the removal of vegetation, soil, and rock above a layer of coal, followed by the removal of the coal itself (“strip”). Most Americans don’t realize the impact this material of biological origin that can be used as a source of energy (“fossil”), or fossil fuel, has on their everyday lives or the nation’s economy....   [tags: Environment ]
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Why Not To Eat Meat - Albert Einstein quoted, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet” (qtd. in Singh). A genius like Albert Einstein is stating that the planet life is deteriorating and giving the answer to solve the issue. So why are people not heeding his words and beginning a vegetarian diet to save this world from destruction. It is obvious that people are just too attached to eating meat. However, not eating meat is definitely not a life threatening choice to make and is very possible that it will become very easy to live by once the first step is taken....   [tags: Nutrition ]
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Enviromental Factors Affecting Birds - Of the vertebrates, birds of the class Aves are the most noticeable, the most melodious and the most beautiful. Birds with more than nine thousand species far put number other vertebrate groups except fishes” . (Hickman P.C Jr , et.al pg 582). Birds are the only vertebrates that have feathers and forelimbs modified for flight although many species do not use their wing for flight. Birds can be found all over the world including Guyana. There are many factors affecting birds in Guyana. Deforestation is one of the factors affecting birds on Guyana....   [tags: ecology, enviroment]
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Overpopulation - ... Yet, there is not only deforestation happening, but there is also the extensive use of natural resources. Impacted by population on the environment, soil loss, desertification, loss of biodiversity, declining oil reserves, and inaccessible minerals are evidence of resource depletion (Ehrlich and Holdren). The more people there are, the more demand there is for products such as wood, gas, oil, and so on. Along with the process of making or using many of these products, byproducts are made and pollute the air....   [tags: population, quality of life, medical technology]
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Climate Change - ... (13) It is because of the industrial revolution, which started the major companies, agriculture, and changed people’s lives. (13) This means that before this revolution, there was only 280 parts per million of CO₂ so there was a 140 percent increase to this compared to the results in 2011. (13) In, addition, these results show that if the amount of CO₂ continues to increase, then the concentration is most likely to cross 400 parts per million in 2015 or 2016. (13) The effect of excess CO₂ in the atmosphere has been seen in the past and is not just in the 21 century since the global average sea level has risen since 1961 at an average rate of 1.8 mm/yr and since 1993 at 3.1 mm/yr....   [tags: Global Warming, Human Effects]
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 Globalization’s Effect on the Orangutan - ... A study conducted by the foundation (“Say No to Palm Oil”) shows that over 50% of the products consumed regularly contain palm oil. The high demand for this product has initiated the loss of 2.4million acres of land annually. Meisingset, head of sustainable investments at the Insurer, claimed that “the main driver behind deforestation in tropical regions is often the establishment of new palm oil plantations” (Malone). Large industries conceal palm oil in their products by labeling it as vegetable oil, sodium laureth sulfate, octyl palmitate, and over 170 other names....   [tags: Globalization Essays]
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Examination of the Irreversible Environmental Damage of Anthropogenic Origin - Globally, civilizations have practices that have caused irreparable damage to our environment. Irreparable damage to the environment in this paper is defined as a loss of environmental wellbeing due to an anthropogenic cause that cannot be reasonably fixed through human or natural process. Anthropogenic desertification, species extinctions, and persistent organic pollutants are three examples that will be explored in this paper as proof of irreparable environmental damage. As opposed to naturally occurring deserts, anthropogenic desertification is a human process caused by land use (e.g....   [tags: Environmental Issues] 670 words
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Global Warming is Causing Climate Change - Global warming is the increase in the earth’s atmospheric temperature. Naturally occurring gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and water vapor trap heat from the sun, preventing it from leaving the atmosphere. These naturally occurring gases along with human made hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs), per fluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) are collectively known as greenhouse gases. This essay will explain why global warming is fast becoming a cause for concern and why preventative measures are being taken....   [tags: pollution, environment, argumentative, persuasive]
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The Life Support of the Forestry Regime: Case Studies of Two Transnational NGOs - The Life Support of the Forestry Regime: Case Studies of Two Transnational NGOs Introduction As relatively new actors in international relations, nongovernmental organizations or NGOs are becoming a vital component for successful environmental regimes. NGOs organize transnational advocacy networks that link state actors, businesses, and other organizations. The forestry regime is relatively weak as compared to other environmental regimes because of a lack of international agreements and state policies regarding forest conservation....   [tags: Environment Environmental Essays, forest]
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Tropical Rain Forest Soils of La Selva - Tropical Rain Forest Soils of La Selva Tropical rain forests across the globe are currently threatened by massive deforestation for logging, grazing, and cultivation (Otzen 1993). Such land-use practices alter temperature regimes (Fernandes and Sanford 1995) as well as ground, soil, and surface water, flora, fauna, and microorganisms (Otzen 1993). These changes may result in a loss of soil organic matter, a decrease in soil fertility (Garcia-Oliva et al. 1994, Tissen et al. 1994), severe soil erosion (Otzen 1993), and changes in soil structure and chemistry (Fernandes and Sanford 1995, Sollins et al....   [tags: Ecology Wildlife Nature Essays]
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The Availability of Fuel Wood in Africa - The Availability of Fuel Wood in Africa Throughout Africa there is various regional variations of fuel wood availability. In the chart shown for this essay, it breaks up Africa into 4 different areas of fuel wood amounts. Mostly on the northern area of Africa there is few natural fuel wood resources. And also near the southern areas of Africa there is Fuel wood scarcity because of other little deserts. In the northern region of Africa there is the Sahara desert. This is why there are very few natural fuel wood resources located there....   [tags: Papers] 337 words
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Global Warming Causes and Solutions - The planet earth is in serious jeopardy due to global warming. The polar ice caps are melting at an astonishing rate. Severe flooding and droughts are creating havoc around the world. All nations must begin to address, formulate, and implement the necessary solutions to reduce global warming before it becomes irreversible. Developed countries can drastically reduce the emission of green house gasses (GHG) which are destroying the ozone layer by reducing the destruction of rainforests, switching from electric generating power plants that are burning fossil fuels, to electricity generated by wind technology, and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles....   [tags: Environment, Global Warming]
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Can Logging Help the Enviorment - The Earths forest hold up to 90% of the terrestrial plants and animal species (Heaton 76). About 13 million hectares of the world’s forests are cut down each year (FAO 2005). Forests also hold 25% of modern medicines (World Rainforest Movement 28), while the United States is the largest wood consumer in the world; Heaton says that the US, per capita, consumes approximately 330 kg in wood based products compared to 233 kg in Germany who holds second place (WRI 2003). WWF has been trying for years to help with the world’s preservation of forests....   [tags: Environment, Saving Forests ] 1949 words
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