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Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia - Assessment of Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia 1. Introduction Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia has been gathering momentum in the past few years in response to international conservation efforts and increased land degradation and loss (Conservation International 2004). International monetary institutions such as the World Bank and transnational NGOs such as Conservation International have been influential in changing forestry legislation in Cambodia (Reuters 2002). However, the implementation of these laws and practices are not always as successfully carried out or adhered to on a local level (Reuters 2002)....   [tags: Biodiversity Cambodia Essays]
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Forest Biodiversity Loss - 1. Introduction In many communities worldwide, people depend on forests, for fuel wood-gathering, harvesting of wood and non-wood forest products, for larger-scale commercial purposes, habitat for more than half the world’s terrestrial species, clean water, and other important ecosystem services (De Groot et al., 2002, Santangeli et al., 2013, Chhatre and Agrawal, 2009). However, the forest biodiversity is continuously undergoing loss which directly or indirectly contributes to forest ecosystems being transformed and in some cases irreversibly degraded....   [tags: sustainability, management, conservation program]
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Habitat Destruction and Biodiversity Loss - "If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us." -- David Suzuki Imagine this: bulldozers growl and grind through a local field, while the whine of chainsaws echoes from a nearby grove of trees. The trees crash to the ground, only to be cut up for firewood or sent to a sawmill, and the remaining ground is cleared of stumps and plowed. The tall grasses and brush in the field are demolished, leaving behind churned-up soil....   [tags: Loss of Biodiversity]
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The Future of the Conservation Movement - There is no question that humans are the dominant ecological force in today’s society. If humans are the dominant force, would it not make sense that humans have the moral responsibility to protect and care for nature. Nature provides humans with the resources to survive, yet humans are the ones who are slowly destroying it. Fortunately, there are people who do believe that it is their moral responsibility to protect nature. The Conservation Movement provides an excellent example of humans being obedient in the fight for protecting nature....   [tags: Conservation ]
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Poverty Abolition and Biodiversity Preservation: Livelihood Case Study Around Mikumi National Park, Tanzania - ... Which are complex to conceptualize and less easily quantifiable, in terms of their impact on poverty, than the objective instrument such as income and jobs. Discussion The presence of many theoretical frameworks (Adams et al. 2004; Roe and Elliott 2005; Walpole and Wilder 2008) to conceptualize the nexus of poverty-conservation illustrates the intricacy and dynamism of this issue. Due to logical spatial overlap between this two in most of the cases, both ‘blind conservation’ through ‘restriction’ and ‘short-sighted poverty alleviation’ by means of ‘short-term income generation’, bypassing environmental sustainability, are infeasible ethically and practically....   [tags: conservation, poverty, protected areas]
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Benefits of Impure Public Goods on Marine Biodiversity Preservation - ... This indicates that a country’s market also serves as an external factor in how independently a system of public goods maintenance can work, and how much it has to rely on external forms of revenue. There are many specific mechanisms and technologies that are used to maintain a system of impure public goods. One such technology or body is the existence of regulatory institutions, such as the “marine tenure institutions” of the Indo-Pacific, which can prevent the exploitation of resources and the subsequent preservation of marine biodiversity in the ocean....   [tags: public interests, marine biodiversity]
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Wildlife and Conservation Efforts in Africa - The dynamic natural environment and abundant wildlife are the most prominent features of the African continent. Due to its wide variety of biomes ranging from tropical forests to arid deserts, Africa consists of bountiful wildlife diversity. However, because of environmentally harmful human interactions, the variety of biomes is shrinking to all-time lows, which causes wildlife to die out. These detrimental human interactions, particularly livestock overgrazing and desertification, occur partly because the native people who depend on the land for daily life do not realize the potential benefits of wildlife and the unsustainability of their current ways....   [tags: Wildlife Conservation]
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The Importance of Biodiversity - What exactly is Biodiversity. Biodiversity is generally defined as “the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment.” (Merriam Webster Dictionary, n.d.) However, there is no single definition for biodiversity. One definition for biological diversity is “a diversity among and within plant and animal species in an environment” (Biological Diversity, n.d.). Biodiversity can also be defined as “the number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region” (Biological Diversity, n.d.)....   [tags: environment, ecological diversity]
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Protection and Conservation of Endangered Species in Ontario - Canada, with its vast areas of land and abundance of resources, is home to many unique and complex habits that house a number of important species. Environmental policies play a key role in the survival of many endangered animal and plant species and guide conservation efforts in Ontario. In order to protect at risk species and conserve their habitats, government officials need to place greater importance on creating effective policies that target root problems and help address fundamental issues like habitat loss, pollution and human interaction with these species and their environment....   [tags: Wildlife Conservation]
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The Loss of Biodiversity on the Ecosystems - The Loss of Biodiversity on the Ecosystems A person’s health and welfare is subject to ecosystem benefits supplied by natural surroundings, such as the purification air and water, fisheries, woodlands, and nutrient recycling. These are principally commodities with no retails as well as no prices, hence their depletion frequently is not sensed by new economic money methods and may thus endure unrestricted. Resulting in a variety of pressures from population growth to climate change that causes biodiversity to deteriorate, and ecosystems are ceaselessly being defiled (EPA, 2011)....   [tags: Environment, Environmental Protection Agency] 981 words
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Defining Biodiversity Among Organisms - ... Tree cover should be maximized. Street trees should be planted along with boulevards alongside the watershed. Schools should be encouraged to plant trees and urban forestry should be initiated. The water quality of this watershed is another problem posing a grave threat to this area. Non point source pollution should be installed in addition to culver inspection. Pollution prevention education programmes should be initiated along with encouragement of private owners to adopt a pesticide free and cosmetic free landscaping....   [tags: industrial development,ecosystem, species]
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Value of Biodiversity and the Preservation of Species - Value of Biodiversity and the Preservation of Species As a result of the increasing environmental awareness of scientists and laymen, new issues have evolved around pressing ecological problems. Ecologists have discovered how important retaining biodiversity really is to humanity. While politicians often have other economic agendas, environmentalists are working hard to push this relatively new knowledge through political institutions using economic arguments. The preservation of our surroundings can create new jobs and promote economic efficiency, more so than the jobs which are currently destroying our ecosystem....   [tags: Nature Ecosystem Science Biology Papers]
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Urbanization & Habitat Loss in the Fraser Valley as a Threat to Biodiversity - We don’t often stop to consider the impact that simply living our human lives has on the other species that once called our neighbourhoods their home. The Fraser Valley, “one of the most important and complex ecosystems in the country” (Thom, p. 171), has been dramatically altered to make a more convenient landscape for housing and farming. In this process, critical habitat has been destroyed and many species that were once abundant have disappeared from our area (Cuthbert p. 24). Urbanization is ongoing and is thought to be the most significant threat to the incredible biodiversity found throughout British Columbia, and particularly the population-dense Lower Mainland (Harding, p....   [tags: Flora&Fauna, Salmon Lifecycle]
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Biodiversity - Biodiversity Imagine this: you step outside and feel the barren, rough, red Earth beneath your feet. There’s not a single plant in sight—no rustling of the leaves, no mighty towering trees to block the severe winds, and the scorching heat of the sun searing upon your face because there’s no shade. And when you take a whiff of air, you feel nothing filling up the space inside your lungs, liberating your body’s activities. What’s wrong with this picture. It’s not possible, of course. Even though plants aren’t the building blocks of life, they’re pretty close and without them, most of life wouldn’t exist—YOU wouldn’t exist....   [tags: plants extinction ecosystem]
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Restoration and Recovery of the Botanical Garden José María Orozco - Summary of Proposal Background The main objective of the botanical gardens today is the conservation of biological diversity ex situ, allowing for the potential loss of this because of the destruction of the environment. However, in the past the main activity of the botanical gardens was the buildup and maintenance of diversity that explorers brought back from unexplored regions, near and far, in order to make them available to growers that they would explore the potential that plants collected....   [tags: Conservation]
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Problems in Maintaining Biodiversity in the Modern World - Problems in Maintaining Biodiversity in the Modern World Biodiversity is the term used to describe the range of habitats and variety of species of animals and plants within them. (2) The maintenance and increase of biodiversity is important to keep an environment stable. If there is a loss of biodiversity then a population of a species will decrease and can only breed with each other. However, as inbreeding takes place genetic defects are caused leading to populations gradually becoming extinct....   [tags: Papers] 490 words
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Adverse Impacts of Landscape Fragmentation on Biodiversity - Adverse Impacts of Landscape Fragmentation on Biodiversity Landscape fragmentation can impose devastating and irreversible consequences on the biodiversity of ecosystems. Because of the conflicting interests between ecology and human economic benefit, it has become increasingly important to find solutions for a harmonic balance. It is imperative for people to recognize the impacts of biodiversity loss and increased extinction of many species. These impacts must be understood in order to protect landscapes and the immense biodiversity they contain....   [tags: Environmental Ecosystems Essays]
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Positive Effects of Conservation Tillage - Positive Effects of Conservation Tillage For centuries farmers have used plowing as a tool for weed control, and in some cases to promote plant growth. At first man had used animals to pull plows and other equipment, with the invention of the tractor work that would normally be done with animals could be done more easily and quickly. Although plowing has been a common and widely used tool for managing weed control, there are many negative impacts associated with this method. Conservation tillage is a method where some of crop residues, if not all of crop residues, are left on the surface of the soil....   [tags: Agriculture Farming Farms Environment Essays]
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Amphibian Diversity of Sri Lanka - Biodiversity degradation are becoming one the worst global environmental catastrophes. Given the status of the world’s biological resources on which so much of human life depends, biodiversity loss is among the world’s most pressing crisis and there is growing global concern on slowing down population declines and extinctions (Wilson 1988; WHO 2005; McKinney et al. 2009; Soberon and Peterson 2009). The current estimation on the extinction rate ranges between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural rate (Kumar and Khanna 2008)....   [tags: Environmental Catastrophe, Biodiversity ] 669 words
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Latin America International Cooperative Biodiversity Group - Mission and Background The Latin American International Cooperative Biodiversity Group program (LA ICBG) was established to study semi-arid region biodiversity in Meso and South America in the hopes of discovering natural products suitable for pharmaceutical and pesticide development. It is the first ever large-scale drug discovery study of dryland biodiversity to be undertaken following the International Convention of Biodiversity. Initial findings from the study of semi-arid plants demonstrate potentials for medicines that would target infectious disease and cardiovascular and central nervous system disorders to name a few....   [tags: Biology ICBG Environmentalism]
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Challenges, Success, and the Future of Conservation at the SCB 2009 Annual Meeting in Beijing - The Society for Conservation Biology, the global society of conservation professionals, held its first annual meeting on the Asian continent this summer. Conservation: Harmony for Nature and Society was hosted by the Institute of Botany at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and brought together over 1,200 conservation scientists and practioners from 74 different countries. Presentations spanned a wide range of topics and geographic regions, but particularly focused on Asia and its unique conservation challenges....   [tags: Meeting Minutes] 831 words
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Major Causes of Extinction - Major Causes of Extinction Hotspots are areas that have rich diversity of species, but many species have become critically endangered because of devastating human activities. The loss of biodiversity in many hotspots was mainly because of habitat loss and fragmentation which in turn have occurred due to pollution, overexploitation of resources, deforestation, increased human population, and introduction of exotic species (Background paper on Himalayan ecology, 2010). For Himalaya, deforestation is one of the main causes of extinction....   [tags: Environment, Hotspots, Loss of Biodiversity] 1038 words
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Arguments for Environmental Conservation - Response 3: Arguments for Environmental Conservation Since the beginning of civilization humanity has adopted a subjugating stance toward nature. Ecological exploitation has become the de facto standard, contributing to the illusion of self-subsistence provided by modern society. This mindset is untenable given humanities reliance on the natural world, as best demonstrated by the critical importance of various parts of the environment to humanities continued existence. This includes the importance of biodiversity to medicinal advancement and climate adaptation, the role of insects in the renewal of the biosphere, and the importance of the environment for humanities psychological health....   [tags: Environmental Issues] 677 words
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Industrial Agriculture and the Loss of Biodiversity - Industrial Agriculture and the Loss of Biodiversity Preserving Diversity By Way Of Old Crop Varieties Traditional methods is indeed the most advantageous way to retain sustainable success in farming suggested by Stephen B. Brush in his research of the effect of diversity in agriculture. In "Genetic Diversity And Conservation In Traditional Farming Systems," he explains how analyzing genetic erosion and the loss of genetic resources eventually leads to environmental degradation. Various factors have led to nations turning to improved adoption varieties, primarily the Green Revolution and commercial markets....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan (the Plan) is designed to protect the biodiversity of the region; “[it] covers the Australian Government’s Border Ranges North and South (Queensland and New South Wales) Biodiversity Hotspot”. (2010) This essay will detail the findings of a policy risk assessment on a proposed management option put forward for the protection of the Border Ranges biodiversity that is “76%…. private land”. (2010) However first of all a brief typology of the categories of risk will be presented along with a brief discussion of selected instruments....   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Species Conservation Issues in the Southeast of England - The increasing rate of environmental change is currently a global issue. This could be observed in measurements, such as a temperature fluctuation, rise of water level or could be observed physically such as population fluctuation. Most species vulnerable to such environmental change try to adapt to such changes. The rest die trying to or fly away avoiding them. The theory of Darwinian evolution is simply denoted stating survival of the fittest; making the weak eliminated. While conservationists struggle to conserve the genes that cannot cope with the rapid environmental changes, unexpected domination of species causes a lot of damages to nature....   [tags: Environment ]
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Plant Conservation and Collections:A Bid Towards the Conservation of Juniperus Communis - ... Restoring juniper in woodlands and at woodland edges could make all the difference to juniper’s chances of survival in Scotland, and ultimately in the UK as a whole” (Munro,2011). Some of the problems affecting the survival of J. communis are explained by Plantlife Scotland’s Conservation manager Deborah Long (2011) are explained thus: “Juniper is badly affected by browsing and grazing animals, land clearance, land use change and uncontrolled muirburn – and old bushes aren’t producing much viable seed....   [tags: juniperus communis, species]
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Ecotourism in South Africa - South African ecologists currently face many challenges relating to the conservation of biodiversity and the growing economy. Excessive hunting and land development, as well as unemployment, all remain growing concerns for this struggling country. Jan-Hendrik, a South African who made contact with us, stated, “South Africa has lots of social and economic problems because most people are poor. To get them to middle class requires the economy to grow through mines and the expansion of living areas” (Hendrik)....   [tags: Ecology, Biodiversity, Economy, South Africa]
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Conservation and Economics: A Constant Struggle in the Past and Present A Mutual Relationship in the Future - Conquerors and competitors, that’s what humans and all animals are to a point; every living thing on Earth has one mission: survive and reproduce. The balance of the environment relies on this concept of constant competition, but this balance also has checks and controls if it is damaged or becomes unstable. Humans have developed to the point where they can completely exploit the environment however they want. There are no natural predators to control our population, we fight diseases with ground-breaking technology, and we replace native plants and animals with ones that fit our “needs” more suitably....   [tags: Economics ]
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Agathis Macrophylla: The Kauri Reserve on the Island of Erromango - ... E. Beveridge noted that Erromango Kauri were found in groups or as scattered trees on basaltic soils; but that there were no extensive pure stands of A. macrophylla. Beverige observed that “the massive fan-shaped crowns of the mature trees are most abundant on ridges and upper slopes, and are emergent over a rather low, dense, unstratified forest of broadleaved trees”. The kauri trees on Erromango are generally between 30 - 40 m in height, with a maximum diameter at breast height (dbh) of 3m....   [tags: biodiversity, pacific nations, flora, fauna]
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Water Recycling Reduces Drinking Water Scarcity - Water Recycling A Regional Administrator named Felicia Marcus once stated, “Water recycling is a critical element for managing our water resources.” Her statement symbolizes modern technological ideals to increase the reuse of water. Also known as water reclamation, water recycling is the process of extracting previously used water and treating it for reuse. Currently, modern technologies have allowed the application of recycled water to enter many different areas. Reclaimed water is cleaned and redistributed for land irrigation, to recharge ground water, for industrial applications (cooling the water for power plants and oil refineries), for toilet water, to irrigate golf courses and to...   [tags: Potable Water Conservation]
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Devastating Effects of the Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados - Devastating Effects of the Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados Although relatively small in size, Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse nations in the world. A drastic range of altitude and geographical diversity in such a small area has resulted in a high number of diverse climactic regions. Because of their very different climates and altitudes, Ecuador’s four main regions, the lowland Pacific Coast, the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, and the Galapagos Islands, are each home to a wide variety of plant and animal species....   [tags: Ecuador Environment Biodiversity Essays]
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The Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act of 1991 and California - The Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act of 1991 and California The Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act of 1991 was established by the California Legislature, is directed by the Department of Fish and Game, and is being implemented by the state, and public and private partnerships to protect habitat in California1. As opposed to the single species interpretation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), this act aims at protecting many species using a regional approach to habitat preservation....   [tags: Environment Nature Ecology Ecological Essays]
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Grazing Versus Ecosystem Conservation: Managed Grazing Techniques Must be Implemented - Grazing Versus Ecosystem Conservation: Managed Grazing Techniques Must be Implemented One of the major issues confronting western America is that of environmental conservation and protection versus agricultural essentials and needs. This issue includes the environmentalists' fight against herbicides and pesticides, reservoirs for irrigation water, and livestock grazing on public land. The controversy that this essay confronts will be that of the desire to use public land for livestock grazing versus the importance of preserving the rangeland ecosystem....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive]
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Global Sea-Level Rising: Polar Ice Caps - The impact humans are having on mother Earth is increasing its effects with the rising of sea levels. Global warming is causing polar ice sheets to melt, which is a major cause of adding volume to our oceans. Furthermore, the troposphere thickens, due to greenhouse gases, increasing the amount of radioactive waves that causes the seawater to warm up, resulting in ocean expansion. Most climatologists are expecting a rise in oceans around the world to be between 1.5 and 5 ft by the end of this century.(Harkinson) Some members of our society feel that because climate change is not certain, they are not willing to make a difference to help....   [tags: Conservation ]
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Nature Canada - NWA, MBSs and Marine Wildlife Areas under the important birds Areas program (IBA) which protect the most critical for the world’s birds. In Canada, Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada have worked on IBA program. History of NWA-MBS Network: The Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA), passed by the federal Parliament in 1916 authorized the federal government to designate MBSs with a goal of protecting migratory birds against physical disturbance and hunting –the main threats to bird populations at the time....   [tags: Wildlife Areas, Biodiversity, Canada] 961 words
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The Endangered Species Act of 1973 - The Endangered Species Act of 1973 The Endangered Species Act of 1973 is one of the most powerful tools that environmentally concerned citizens have to preserve biodiversity. Specific categories that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) includes are the listing of "Threatened species", "Endangered species", and the designation of "critical habitat". When these categories are identified, it is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) which assumes the responsibility of enforcement. Development of recovery plans, Biological or Environmental Assessments, and the development of Habitat Conservation Plans are just some of the tasks for USFWS (Smallwood, et al,)....   [tags: Conservation Biology Wildlife Essays]
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Biodiversity and Land Quality - Biodiversity and Land Quality Human society's progression through time has resulted in many environment-altering effects, particularly those brought about by industrialization and rapid population growth. The combination of increased numbers of humans and improved technology has created the need for better management of resources and transportation across the globe. This need has produced great leaps in infrastructure, such as roads and dams. However, the introduction of this infrastructure into the natural world has adversely affected the environment....   [tags: Infrastructure Biodiversity Essays]
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My PhD: The Conservation Biology of Shorebirds - The main direction of my PhD is to reveal why shorebirds are declining. I propose to use a combination of research methods (fieldwork, GIS, phylogenetic analyses), because learning these methods will be highly beneficial in my career as conservation biologist and academic. I have only decided about 3 papers, each should be suitable for a chapter. The direction of further chapters needs to be discussed as I go along. Chapter 1. Why are shorebirds declining. Comparative tests of intrinsic and extrinsic variables on threat status and population trends Shorebird (sandpipers, plovers, gulls and allies) populations are declining globally, driving many species to the brink of extinction (Zockler et...   [tags: PhD, proposals, Conservation Biology, animals,]
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The Endangered Species Act - The Endangered Species Act Introduction: Long-term survival of a species depends on its ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions (Murphy, 1994). Genetic diversity within a species, which has taken 3.5 billion years to evolve, makes adaptations to these changing environments possible. Unfortunately, the rate of extinction of genetically diverse organisms is rapidly increasing, thus reducing this needed biodiversity, largely due to the human impacts of development and expansion. What was an average of one extinction per year before is now one extinction per hour and extinct species numbers are expected to reach approximately one million by the year 2000 (WWW site, Bio 65)....   [tags: Environmental Conservation Wildlife Essays]
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Food Conservation - What is food. Food is any matter consumed to obtain nutritional sustenance for the living organisms. It may be of animal or plant origin, usually consisting of nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is orally ingested and after passing through a series of processes involving enzymatic actions it is assimilated and the energy obtained is used by the organism to carry out processes like growth, maintenance of life and carrying out physical activities....   [tags: Conservation]
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Shipping and the Great Barrier Reef - Shipping and the Great Barrier Reef Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is an unparalleled marine ecosystem that holds rank as one of the world’s most valuable natural wonders. The abundance of sea life offers both intrinsic and physical benefits, but unfortunately this extraordinary habitat is now threatened from several different angles. One of the greatest threats to the GBR is the presence of popular shipping routes which surround and penetrate the reef. These ships naturally pollute the GBR, but the severest danger lies in the possibility of wrecks spilling oil or other hazardous cargos....   [tags: Trade Nature Conservation Ocean Papers]
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The Importance of Biodiversity - Introduction Biodiversity refers to wide diversity found in the living components of the earth which refers to the numerous varieties of flora and fauna including those of microorganisms too. The interaction of biotic and abiotic components of the ecosystem is very important aspect of life on earth. Biodiversity helps us to understand the variations among species and also how life originated on earth. Its study helps us to understand the inter-relationship between various forms of life and their adaptation to different conditions....   [tags: Ecosystems]
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Overview of Biodiversity - ... Extinctions occur due to natural disasters and also due to activities of humans. Till now, it is noted that more than 700 species got extinct worldwide (Freedman, 2004). The causes that lead to Biodiversity loss are as follows:- 1. Global Warming:- Global warming is posing threat to many species. The literature suggests that climate changes in Arctic can lead to loss of polar species. As the earth temperature is increasing, the species that are adaptable to cold environment are not able to adapt to hotter environment and lead to extinction....   [tags: eco-systems, variations, change]
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Piagetian Conservation Tasks Case Study - Overview My case subject is Regina Holms, a second grader, from County Elementary School. Before I interviewed the subject, I received permission for her guardian. During the interview, Regina and I conversed while working on one of the seven Piagetian tasks, the volume task. During this task, Regina’s stage of development was determined. I chose the volume task, where she had to recognize if two different size glasses held the same amount of water in each glass. Moreover, we are focusing on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, types of anxiety and self-handicapping; in order to observe her motivation during this task....   [tags: Piagetian Conservation Tasks]
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Biodiversity - Scientists are estimating that for at least 50,000 years and maybe longer, that man has been causing the extinctions of other species. However over the past 500 years, ecologists have noticed a meteoric rise in species loss; this modern mass extinction crisis is an indicator that the Earth is out of harmony. Species extinction is irreversible and should be taken a lot more seriously because if this deadly trend continues there is no stopping it. Anyone can help whether it is local, national, or even worldwide; management of biodiversity in our ecosystem is a intimidating task, but if one group can try to reduce their carbon footprint, or get involved in ecological initiatives such as, Vital...   [tags: Environmental Issues]
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Drinking Water Scarcity and Conservation - During times when many of us have our minds on matters conceivably much more critical than environmental ones, it is difficult to concentrate on the more mundane matters of clean drinking water and clean air. Unfortunately, while our nation's attention seems fully consumed with the whereabouts of terrorists, water and air continues to be overused and/or contaminated. In reflecting on this odd state of affairs, we begin to understand how easily it is for us to forget about one of the basic necessities of humanity -- clean drinking water....   [tags: Water Conservation, Potable Water]
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Chapter 9 Review: Biodiversity and the Ecosystem - Chapter 9 on biodiversity and the ecosystem was interesting, especially the section on forests. Living in a forest area and being surrounded by them my entire life it was really interesting to learn so much more about forests. Even when humans think they are being responsible, they can still cause great harm. The building of roads to farm trees for instance, can cause damage to a forest because it increases erosion, water runoff, and it can harm the diversity of an ecosystem (Miller & Spoolman, 2010)....   [tags: Literature Review ]
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Overprotection of Biodiversity - Overprotection of Biodiversity "Extinction is normal"(pg26, 1st paragraph). However, the rate this process is happening is up to us, to some extent. In this article, two sides are discussing this rate. One side is arguing that biodiversity is overprotected and the other the opposite. The first argument, against protection of biodiversity, states that "at a macro level, there is a tradeoff between production/consumption of timber and production/consumption of related environmental amenities"(pg28, 2nd paragraph)....   [tags: Papers] 421 words
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Deforestation and Biodiversity - Deforestation and Biodiversity While the loss of forests is clearly visible, a decline in biodiversity has a less apparent effect. The subtle loss of biodiversity fails to indicate the significance that fewer species in the ecosystem increases the fragility of life for all species. Despite the negative effects of deforestation and the consequential decline of biodiversity, trees are cut down for an economic and consumer benefit. Members of society need to determine how much economic cost they are willing to spend in order to preserve plant and animal species....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Conservation of Whales and Dolphins - The Conservation of Whales and Dolphins: Science and Practice, edited by Mark P. Simmons and Judith D. Hutchinson, is a book I have decided to utilize as a foundation piece for my final paper. This book contains in-depth information from multiple authors, compiled in chapter format. The compilations discuss many global issues revolving around the cetacean species, such as the protection and conservation of these water mammals and the various ways that they are endangered or harmed. This book also contains information about numerous international organizations and departments that regulate and maintain whaling laws and marine-life policies....   [tags: water mammals, cetacean, whaling, protection]
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Zoo's Efforts to Help Conservation - ... Reintroductions often include animals that have spent a portion of their early lives being cared for in certain “head-start” programs that increase the endangered species’ chances of survival, compared to those born in the wild, by preparing them for survival and teaching them essential and necessary life skills that they would need to learn independently in the wild (Cohen). An example of successful reintroductionis the red wolf species. Of the 17 endangered wolves captured by biologists, 14 were used successfully in a captive breeding program (Cohen)....   [tags: animal breeding, animal rights]
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The Importance of Wildlife Conservation - ... Marshal Law would go into effect with millions of lives lost due to murder and protecting one's family. The world would become a dark and bloody place. All life of Earth would eventually cease to exist. To better fathom how wildlife affects the ecosystem start by focusing on a smaller part of the ecosystem ladder such as Yellowstone National Park. According to David Stauth, towards the end of the "1800s" humans began to eradicate the wolf population in the Yellowstone area. (David Stauth) By "1926" the wolf population was destroyed....   [tags: ecosystem, earth, extintion]
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Community Energy Conservation and Efficiency - During this meeting I will talk to my fellow homeowners in regard to energy conversation and efficiency in our community. Conserving energy is important because our world relies heavily on the use of nonrenewable energy resources. Once these resources are used up, we will have to rely on alternatives. Rather than depleting the Earth of its natural resources, we can put an end to it now, or at least slow it down. A more immediate solution to using alternatives is to conserve the energy we use by using less of it to accomplish everyday tasks....   [tags: Energy]
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Indigenous Populations and Conservation - There have been debates mentioned by Dove (2006:197) questioning whether any indigenous populations have actually practiced conservation. This however, is based on a Western model and understanding of conservation. Examining how conservation is seen by non-Western people needs more critical considerations (Dove 2006:197). Conservation, as stated by indigenous people who attended the Fifth World’s Congress meeting, can be implemented without Western “models, management plans, or monitoring and evaluation” (Brosius 2004:611)....   [tags: antrophology, protected areas]
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Technology and Environmental Conservation - ... For instance, by partnering with The Nature Conservancy, the country is working to protect its grasslands so that, eventually, the conserved soil and its nutrients can be used for agriculture. ("Argentina Nature Conservation") Although Argentina is not as technologically advanced as other countries in the same situation, the South American country is working hard towards maintaining its natural environment to the best of its financial ability. As the “I” in BRICS, India is one of the five countries characterized as a Newly Industrialized Country, or NIC....   [tags: denmark, fossil fuels]
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Conservation of Momentum Investigation - ... Read the frequency of the ticker timer and calculate the time taken to make 10 dots on the ticker tape (t=1/frequency) Calculate the velocity and momentum of the trolley before the collision (without the mass piece) Calculate the velocity and momentum of the trolley after the collision (after the mass piece was placed on the trolley) Repeat this process with 2 different mass pieces Record your results. The controlled variables in this practical are the following factors: The distance of the ramp The weight of the trolley (use the same trolley for all three trials) Results: Ticker Tape Pieces ∆x ∆x...   [tags: distance, collision, errors, miscalculation]
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Economic Conservation vs. Environmental Conservation - Economic Conservation vs. Environmental Conservation Around the world people are being affected by conservation and endangered species laws and regulations. Some want the biggest house on the most beautiful land and have the money to get it, while others feel that we have developed enough and there has to be more land left to nature. I feel that while endangered species should be protected, their protection should not change the way that local people function, and interact with one another. This has prompted a battle of economic growth versus environmental conservation that can be found both locally such as in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and world wide such as the southern mountainous region o...   [tags: Economics Environment Essays]
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Biodiversity: How Ecological Systems Link Us Together - ... Without this agent, the plant species or crop species cannot undergo the pollination process and cannot produce their yield and seed to continue their species. Besides that, fungi and bacteria species also give their support in food production by preparing the soil condition and make the soil available for plant growth. Secondly, biodiversity is important to the pharmaceutical. Biodiversity contributes a vast amount of natural resources to human survival; one of it’s contributions is in the pharmaceutical industry....   [tags: species variation, ecosystem, life]
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Biodiversity - Biodiversity is described by Ruth Patrick as, “the presence of a large number of species of animals and plants…”(Patrick 15). In other words, biodiversity is the term for the measure of the variety of different species that do exist still on our plant. These species can range from the simplest bacteria to the very complex primates. Biodiversity can relate locally or globally. For example the Southern New England forest contains 20 or 30 tree species while in the rainforest of Peru there are hundreds of species of trees (Patrick 15)....   [tags: essays research papers] 565 words
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The Conservation of Energy - The Conservation of Energy Physics Essay: The Conservation of Energy Since the beginning of time, energy has pervaded our earth. These days we rely on it to advance in our technological developments. We also need energy for a variety of other things such as: to keep our bodies alive and healthy, to run our machines and other technical devices, we also rely on energy to keep warm in winter and cool in summer. Energy is the ability to do work. People and other things can run out of energy (e.g....   [tags: Physics Science Conserving Essays] 696 words
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Biodiversity - Biodiversity INTRODUCTION Franck and Brownstone define biological diversity as 'the variety and variability of living organisms and the biological communities in which they live' (36). Decades of progress in both the scientific and political arenas have advanced environmental legislation to protect biodiversity at not only the ecosystem level, but for specific species and genetic material as well. Research has shown the importance of every organism and their role in the global ecosystem, and legislation has gradually matured to protect not only species which may become endangered, but the habitats they need to survive as well....   [tags: Environement Ecoogy Essays Papers]
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Geography and Biodiversity of Acre in Brazil - Missing Works Cited Acre Acre is the Westernmost Brazilian state, and neighbor to Amazonas and Rondônia, spanning about 55,000 square miles. Its capital Rio Branco is home to the 288, 907 of the total 438,489 denizens (1996). The whole of Acre is contained within the Amazon Basin and 93% of it is tropical rain forest. Notwithstanding the great extent of deforestation, the biodiversity of Acre and the surrounding Amazon Basin remains extensive; there are the mammoth trees, countless species of palm trees, vines, bushes, ferns; there are copaíba, Brazil-nuts, various fruits such as cupuaçu and graviola; species of insects, fish, the parrots, araras and other birds, so rare that scientists ha...   [tags: Geology] 2358 words
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Water Conservation - One of the items people, animals, and our environment cannot live without is water. Water is extremely vital in the everyday life of everyone in the world from everyday life of drinking, washing clothes, animals, grains, cleaning, and so many other uses that eliminating water would eliminate our species as we all depend on the necessity of water. “The water footprint refers to the volumes of water consumption and pollution that are ‘behind’ your daily consumption”. (Network, 2010) If an average American uses approximately 80-100 gallons of water per day then an average American needs to change their ways and contribute to a better water footprint....   [tags: Environment, Environmental]
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Energy Conservation - The topic of energy is one that is seen in the news more and more as each day passes. As most Americans can tell you these days, energy is essential for industrial and technological development in this or any other country. However, some believe that certain traditional methods of producing energy, such as burning fossil fuels, are depleting the earth’s limited supply of natural resources and may also be harmful to the environment. They encourage the use of renewable sources of power, such as wind turbines or hydroelectric plants....   [tags: Energy]
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Wildlife Conservation - They are responsible for cleaning the air most living creatures breath, they give humans and animals material to build homes and buildings with, they help keep the dirt in place, and, among many other uses, they gave humans the material that people use every day, paper. They do all this for humans, and all they need in return is for their young to be planted. If you have not guessed by now, this is describing trees. It is vital for humans to maintain not only the trees population, but also the population of all wildlife....   [tags: Natural Resources]
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The US Ocean Commission's Proposed Recommendations To Address the Health and Management of Our Oceans - In 2004 The US Ocean Commission proposed several critical recommendations to address the health and management of our oceans. These recommendations range from better organization of current management offices to education of the public on issues pertaining to oceans and coastal areas. The importance of healthy oceans, waterways, and coastal areas cannot be denied. As humans we rely on these areas for food, fuel, materials for various products, and recreation just to name a few. Aside from the human aspect the health of the earth’s oceans is also bound to the air and land....   [tags: Conservation]
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Collisions on Momentum: The Law of Conservation of Momentum - ... This will be done by the use of a ticker timer. Control of variables: For this experiment to be accurate certain variables had to be kept constant. The mass piece used to pull down the trolley was kept at a constant weight of 0.142g and the weight of the trolley which was 0.8kg. The frequency of the ticker timer and the angle of the ramp were also kept constant. The independent variable was the weight of the mass piece that was collided with the trolley. The dependent variable is the velocity of the trolley and therefore the momentum of the trolley....   [tags: velocity, experiment, trolley]
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Lake Sturgeon Regulation and Recovery in New York - Lake sturgeon are listed as threatened and are protected in New York State by the Endangered and Threatened Species of Fish and Wildlife; Species of Special Concern; Incidental Take Permits regulation of the New York State Conservation Regulations Chapter 1 Part 182 (Part, n.d.). This regulation affords the state the ability to list native species from New York as threatened or endangered within the state and its waters for multiple reasons. If the species is listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, through the Department of the Interior, it will be placed on the states list....   [tags: Conservation ]
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The Benefits of the Green Movement - The Green movement began in the Western World during the 1970’s around the time of the Vietnam War. The green movement is a social movement regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvements to the current health of the environment. The Green movement also promotes the conservation, restoration, and the overall improvement of our environment. Many people disagree with the green movement and its values because they don’t see the immediate benefits from them. However, supporting the green movement by recycling, researching alternative energy sources, and mandating eco-friendly laws will lead to a better, greener, country....   [tags: Conservation ]
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Green Appliances: Invest Now and Reap the Benefit in Years to Come - Green construction is growing rapidly because it is an alternative to expensive polluting fossil fuels in view of global climate change. Green aspects include helping the environment and can increase the amount of green (money) in one’s wallet. Today there is an enormous push toward investing in green technology and implementing green appliance usage and devices in older homes, newer homes and even homes under construction. There is also a push in the United States to decrease its dependence on fossil fuels to combat climate change, decrease pollution, the trade imbalance, and dependence of foreign oil....   [tags: Conservation ]
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Personal Action Plan to Help Create a Sustainable Global Environment - When creating a working definition of a sustainable global environment there is a short definition and a long definition. The short of definition of a sustainable global environment is an environment in which all living things can co-exist together while having their essential needs to sustain life met. This definition, while ideal, is probably not realistic due to the fact that humans in many cases are not simply satisfied with living with only the essential needs that sustain life. That leads to the more realistic but complex definition of a sustainable global environment....   [tags: Conservation] 1082 words
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Are Hybrid Cars The Answer To The Fuel Crisis? - Hybrid automobiles are not the answer to the current fuel crisis in the United States. A common misconception with automobiles is that electric motors can somehow use less power to advance a vehicle along a road. This is not the case, as the laws of physics cannot be bent. An automobile needs a specific amount of power to travel along a road at a given speed, it does not matter what source is providing said power. These so called “green” automobiles, which are considered to be hybrids and electric cars, are actually less green than their internal combustion engine powered counterparts....   [tags: Conservation] 1070 words
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Drinking Water Shortage and Water Conservation - Water is everywhere. Not only does water surround the continents but also we are mostly made up of water and also need it to survive. If we don’t have access to water it will significantly affect our health. The economy will be affected by the water and how expensive it will be. This will lead to the environmental effects, with farmers not having enough water to keep their farms going. A variety of authors demonstrate throughout their articles that water is a limited resource and that humans need to start taking action in every aspect of their lives....   [tags: Drinking Water Scarcity]
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Global Warming: The Importance of Going Green - For centuries, the issue of global warming has been a great concern for citizens in all cultures. Many suggest that becoming environmentally aware is the solution to preventing this constant climate change in our environment. However, individuals relentlessly dismiss the issue by being nonchalant and inconsiderate. Furthermore, going green has generated intense controversy: some feel strongly that their individual contribution to society is worthless; while, others firmly advocate that becoming ecologically aware helps prevent possible changes in the atmosphere, resulting from global warming....   [tags: Conservation ]
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The Status, Distribution and Conservation of Indian Heronries - The information on heronries in India pertains mainly to a few regional studies (Mahbal, 1990, Nagulu and Rao, 1983, Naik et al., 1991, Naik and Parasharya, 1987, Parasharya and Naik, 1990, Santharam and Menon, 1991, Sharatchandra 1980, Singh and Sodhi, 1986), several site specific studies (Chaudhuri and Chakrabarti, 1973, Datta and Pal, 1990, 1993; Gee, 1960, Nagulu, 1983, Neelakanatan, 1949, Neginhal, 1983, Paulraj, 1984, Ragunatha, 1993, Ragunatha et al., 1992, Sanjay 1993, Subramanya et al., 1991, Subramanya and Manu, 1996, Urfi 1989c, 1990, 1992, 1993a,b; Vijayan, 1991) and a number of site records (Abdulali, 1962, Ali, 1960, Baker, 1935, Barnes, 1886, 1891, Barooah, 1991, Bates and Low...   [tags: Animal Behavior ] 2819 words
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Should Land Clearing in Australia Continue? - Land clearing is the process of removing bushland, forest, woodland or grassland, and most commonly occurs in Queensland and New South Wales. Over the last 200 years 70 percent of Australia’s native vegetation was cleared, most occurring in the past 50 years. Approximately 6 million hectares of various ecosystems were removed between 2001 and 2004 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_clearing_in_Australia, 2010). Australia’s land has been utilized over the past century even though it is known as ‘one of the driest and least fertile continents of the world’ (Australian Conservation Foundation, 2000), although land clearing is still an issue due to increased soil salinity and greenhouse gases....   [tags: Conservation]
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Drinking Water Shortage and Water Conservation - Human beings and ecological systems depend on water for survival (Kenneth). No human, animal or plant can survive for long without this essential commodity. For us humans, water is the driving engine of most of our economic and recreational activities. For instance, we depend on water for the production of energy in industries, transportation and outdoor recreation. Most of us equally depend on water for the provision of amenity and cultural values. Barlow and Clarke state that one cannot simply whisk away the crisis of fresh water we have in the world today (25)....   [tags: Drinking Water Scarcity]
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Liquid Metal Battery in Energy Conservation - Energy conservation is becoming a global issue as the earth is nearing its carrying capacity. Energy consumption has steadily been increasing around the globe despite the drive for more energy efficient machines and devices. Rapid advancements in alternative energy sources have shed new light to the use of renewable energy sources in replace of fossils. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are able to be converted to electrical energy to power the daily needs of human beings. However, renewable energy sources can only provide so much as they can only be used in certain circumstances....   [tags: Energy consumption, Natural Resources, Earth]
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