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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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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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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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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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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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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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Essay on Global Warming: Impact of Climate Change on the Environment - Every place, country, city, region has its own climate. Climate plays one of the important roles in people’s life. Climate is defined as the average weather, which means variety of weather conditions as rain, snow, hail, sun, and wind over period of time about 30 years that can be measured in any particular place.( IPCC Third Assessment Report - Climate Change 2001; editor:A.P.Baede) Climate change is a variation of average weather. There are 2 causes of climate change. The first is human activity which includes deforestation, burning fossil fuels, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure....   [tags: environment, pollution, global warming] 2335 words
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Guajilote Case Study - Guajilote Case Study This essay examines the case study of the Guajilote co-operative, a co-operative with a licence to collect and sell fallen timber in the Honduras. The paper is in five sections; giving an impression of the co-operative as a business venture, conducting a SWOT analysis of the company, looking at any competitive advantage or strategy. Describing the value chain and considering strategic alternatives open to the co-operative. Solution 1. The business is certainly located in rural areas and considerations of how this may affect tribal people should be considered....   [tags: Business Management Strategy Formulation] 3139 words
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Effects of Tourism on the Environment - Effects of Tourism on the Environment Tourism is a big part in not just the United States but in every countries economy. It is constantly growing and according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization there are more than 800 million people that travel either internationally or domestically each year (Goodstein C. Traveling Green. Natural History. Jul/Aug 2006; 115:16.). The world of tourism is always evolving the technology of travel has made it easier and more intriguing to travel. It is believed that the number of people traveling will grow by as little as 4% each year over the next twenty years....   [tags: Cause Effect Tourism Ecology Essays Papers]
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Bioprospecting - Abstract The world's rainforests are host to a multitude of plant and animal species, thus comprising Earth's richest and most diverse natural resource. One of the greatest benefits that rainforests have to offer is its plentiful supply of active compounds, which are used presently in many pharmaceuticals and hold the potential for the next "miracle drug." Bioprospecting is the term used to describe the extraction of natural medicines from our rainforests. Present rates of deforestation, however, pose a serious threat to our "natural pharmacy" and are daily eliminating species of plants that might provide a possible cure....   [tags: Geology]
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Destroying the Rain Forests: Human effects on Natures - Destroying the Rain Forests: Human effects on Natures The rain forests are one of the most unique places on the planet earth. They are home to several thousand species of animals that live no where else in the world1. They are also one of the primary sources of oxygegn of the world. One cannot even begin to describe the sheer beauty of the rain forests. However, the interaction of man with these marvels of nature has had a negative effect. Through agriculture, societal development and the search for raw materials mankind is destroying these marvels of nature....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Cause of Global Warming: Pollution - Oh my. What weird weather we have. Today it seems all I hear is people commenting, “Burr it’s so cold today,” or “How weird, it was raining yesterday and all of sudden it’s hot today.” Have you ever thought it may be global warming. Studies on global warming provide evidence such as, “Over 100 years the average temperature near the earth’s surface has risen less than 1 degree Celsius” (Lindinger, Karin). For many people in society it is hard to notice the slight changes in the weather. Everyday there are gases being released into the atmosphere by all human activity....   [tags: Climate Change, Argumentative Essay]
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Environmental problems Caused By the Overconsumption of Meat - Many of us never really stop to think about the environmental problems caused by the meat production industry. This might be due to the fact that we have not been educated on this increasing dilemma. In today’s society, food companies are advertising how they are going green. The only downside to this is that they are not diminishing the dependency on meat. The problems that this high production of meat brings to the environment are an increase in air pollution, overgrazing, deforestation and the diminishing of water resources....   [tags: Conservation]
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The Environmental Impact of Skiing and Tourism - It is extremely easy to forget the impact imposed by skiing on the mountain environments. Most people believe the only effect that they have on the environment within mountain regions are the tracks in the snow left by their skis. However, there is strong evidence that skiing has both a social and more noticeably, environmental impacts that influence the natural environment. Some experts of the Alpine region suggest that tourists directly affect over half of the Alps entire surface area. It can therefore be stated that the Alps are now one of the most threatened mountain ecosystems on Earth....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Rain Forest Destruction - “‘Deforestation hits hardest in tropical forests, those vast tracts bordering the equator’” (as stated by Cooper, 1991, September 20). Through out 1990-2007, only three different rainforest have shown a moderate decrease in forest destruction (Newsweek, 2009, December 14). With this information, people around the world will know how important it is to refrain from destroying the forests. If scientists continue to explain the importance of the rain forests leaders of the world will stop most destruction to the rainforests....   [tags: Conservation]
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World Hunger - Imagine not being able to reach into your refrigerator and pull out a snack. Think about those mornings when you forget to eat breakfast and your stomach is growling the whole morning. Now imagine not being able to suppress that feeling. Imagine feeling that hunger day after day. This is reality for almost a sixth of the world’s population. Is there any good news. Yes there is. There are many ways for us to reduce world hunger. This essay will look at the causes of world hunger as well as short-term, and long-term, solutions....   [tags: Poverty]
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An Appeal to a Generation - The essay “Lessons From Lost Worlds” was written by Jared Diamond, a Pulitzer prize-winning author, physiologist, and ecologist. In the article, Diamond discusses his thoughts on the past, present, and future environmental issues of the world and how history could play a role in prevent future disasters. As the piece opens, he appeals to emotion by using his children as a real life example. By using specific cases of collapsed ancient civilizations he appeals to the reader through logic. Diamond effectively uses both appeals to logic and to emotion by giving hard-hitting facts and close-to-home examples that drive home his “cautiously optimistic” message of the world’s ability to prevent future environmental issues....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Farming The Tambopata Reserve - Tambopata Peru is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped regions of Latin America. The area is home to undernourished children, lack of secure work and education. There is an imperative need not just for Tambopata, but all of Peru to increase its economy and enable the access of basic needs to its citizens. While the area of Tambopata has many arguments for its potential use, sustainable soybean cultivation is the best approach to improve Peruvian infrastructure, economy and future preservation of natural areas....   [tags: Agricultural Research ]
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Global Trends in the Environment - The environment of planet Earth is being harmed and the causes of environmental degradation are mostly man made. Natural resources are being exploited to provide energy, food, and technology for an ever-growing global population. In the process, the globe is warming at an unprecedented rate, water and air are being polluted, and forests are being destroyed; however, awareness and education are encouraging the search for environmental first aid. The climate change occurring now, which affects every continent and ocean, has both human and natural causes....   [tags: Environment ]
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How Humans Impact the Ecosystem - Humans play an extensive role when it comes to the sustainability of the environment, our actions now can have repercussions in the future. Learning how humans leave their footprint on the environment will help us to become more conscious of our actions and how they manipulate the world around us. Humans sway the precarious balance of the environment; the ramifications of tipping the scales will be felt by generations to come. Discovering what your ecological footprint is and how your actions effect the environment is a good place to start if you are concerned about ecological sustainability....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Global Warming: Why It's the Government's Job to Halt a Perfectly Natural Phenomenon - Introduction Over the years, there has been concern over the fats shifting weather pattern occasioned by the global warming. Extreme and erratic weather conditions have been experienced in almost every part of the world. This essay will review the literature that is available on the definition of Global warming, the causes of global warming, effects of global warming on the community and nations, what the government is doing to stop global warming, as well as what Non-Governmental Organizations or Non-State Organizations are doing to stop global warming and finally what should be done to stop global warming....   [tags: Environmentalism] 1595 words
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Effects of Over Population - The world as we know it is slowly being depleted of its natural resources. Habitats are being destroyed, and wildlife animals are facing extinction, these are just a few of the effects of over population. Over population not only affects nature and the planet but the human way of life. Imagine a world where the water is polluted, the soil produces no crop and the air is so toxic that we can’t breathe; this is where the world is heading. Due to the fast growth of people, humanity itself faces great danger....   [tags: Environment, Sustainability]
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GMO: Personal Reflective Learning Journal - Week 4 – Module 4, Chapters 8-9, “Environmental Science” by G.T. Miller and S. Spoolman (2011). Critical Thinking Questions and Concepts: a) Concept 8-1: “What role do humans play in the premature extinction of species?” (p. 153) b) Concept 8-2: “Why should we care about preventing species extinction?” (p. 80) c) “Describe your gut-level reaction to the following statement: “Eventually, all species become extinct. So it does not really matter that the passenger pigeon is extinct, and that the polar bear and world’s remaining tiger species are endangered mostly because of human activities.” Be honest about your reaction, and give arguments to support your position.” (Question 2, p....   [tags: Agriculture]
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Big Cats in Asia - The relationship between human beings and the environment has always been in conflict. Our world these days is based on the economy and the ambitious interest people have in leaving nature behind. Nowadays, business is growing and so is the population, people’s priority is to make as much money as possible, but do they really care about the environment around them. Our greediness for money has led us to destroy forests and animal niches. However, there might still be hope for animals that were taken from their habitat to start over again, in a very slow process by stopping deforestation and increasing conservation areas....   [tags: Animal Research ]
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Global Warming: A Dangerous Reality - Global Warming has been a nuisance to environmentalists in recent years. It has been affecting Earth’s oceans, habitats, and biodiversity. Over the years, scientists have conducted experiments to understand the causes and effects of global warming and searching for solutions to prevent it from getting worse. They have warned others about the dangers of pollution and human activities and have urged others to do something about it. Films, such as Al Gore’s documentary “The Inconvenient Truth”, have also raised international public awareness of climate change and have reenergized the environmental protection movement; however, some politicians, government officials, and scientists have opposed this theory....   [tags: Global Warming Climate Change]
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Changes in Amazon - Changes in the Amazon During the past several decades, changes in the global climatic pattern has become evident and has attracted much attention from both the general public and the professional environmental organizations. Deforestation is one of the main reasons for these known changes. One of the reasons that cause the disappearing of the Amazon rainforest is industrial logging, which is the single largest problem. Other problems that also contribute to the disappearing of the Amazon forests include road construction, cattle ranching, and the production of wood products, all of which are important factors to be considered....   [tags: Papers] 473 words
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Road Construction in the Amazon - Road Construction in the Amazon When one thinks of the Amazonian rain forest, it is very unlikely that paved roads and highways will come to the imagination. Unfortunately, in the past 35 years road construction has been the main reason for the deforestation in Brazil's Amazon basin. In an effort to expand its frontiers and develop economically the impenetrable areas of the country, Brazil's government has launched a series of projects aimed at improving the infrastructure in the Amazon region....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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