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The Dynamics of Desertification - Imagine a typical farmer tending his cattle and harvesting his crops, a harmless act. His land is green and fertile, and the beautiful view stretches on forever. Now, conceptualize that healthy land morphing into dehydrated sand...a desert. It is nearly impossible for vegetation and humans, such as this farmer, to survive and thrive on land that receives less than three inches of rainfall each year. Unfortunately, this is not a fiction scenario. Deserts are growing at about twenty thousand square miles every year (Roos)....   [tags: environment, drought]
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Desertification in Nigeria - Brief Introduction According to the World Ecology Report of Spring 2009, dry lands comprise of 41% of the earth’s total land area, and are home to roughly 2 billion people, or 34% of the earth’s population. It claims that currently (2009) over 250 million people in more than 100 countries were directly affected by desertification and more are at risk (This number would have increased already). The situation is more severe in Africa, where 66% of the total land area are arid or semi-arid. Not only is desertification harmful to the earth and its inhabitants, but it is also expensive each year, the world loses US$42 billion to desertification and its effects” (World Ecology Report, Spring 2009...   [tags: Nigerian environment]
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Desertification: A Big Issue in Canada - ... These plains of ground lack moisture. These areas lose it either to evaporation or by transpiration of plants. Generally the land that is considered dry lands is still used by primitive technologies within herding and farming. This weak land is put on even larger strain by a growing population. By humans putting such a large strain on the land, this can lead to desertification. This land that is drained of vegetation abilities often causes disputes between farmers, for everyone is frantically looking for good land....   [tags: dry lands, environment, farming] 879 words
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Desertification and Examples Such as The Dust Bowl - Each year the population of the world increases exponentially, especially in the developing countries of India, Nigeria, Pakistan, are just among many. As populations climbs far beyond the natural equilibrium we start seeing our ecosystem blow away. Each year millions of new acres, of land, is put into production of livestock and food, while others are being pressured harder to produce more on the same amount of acres. The delicate balance in our ecosystem keep getting further out of sync. As more pasture is overgrazed, forests cut down, and prairie land farmed, the amount of soil that is erodible increase....   [tags: Soil, Plains, Sahara] 1924 words
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Desertification: A Worldwide Problem - California’s central valley conjures images of lush, green landscapes; however, it has been plagued by drought for much of the past decade. While we may have only felt most of the effects of drought in our bank accounts with increasing water rates, the central valley has felt the effects in another way – the process of desertification. The process has caused major concern for many in the agricultural community but has moreover led to a widespread concern for much of the developing world. Desertification is a global environmental problem that the textbook Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry and Applications,written by William P....   [tags: Environment ]
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Desertification: A Worldwide Problem - California’s central valley conjures images of lush, green landscapes; however, it has been plagued by drought for much of the past decade. While we may have only felt most of the effects of drought in our bank accounts with increasing water rates, the central valley has felt the effects in another way – the process of desertification. The process has caused major concern for many in the agricultural community but has moreover led to a widespread concern for much of the developing world. Desertification is a global environmental problem that the textbook Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry and Applications,written by William P....   [tags: Environmental Problem, Agriculture, Water] 922 words
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The Measurements of Desertification - The Measurements of Desertification “Drought and desertification threaten the livelihood of over one billion people in more than 110 countries” warned general Kofi in 2001 (Kovach,2003). Desertifications definition is highly disputed but it is generally the shift of arid or semi-arid regions to desert-like conditions, which support: little vegetation, a low soil fertility and high evaporation rates (Haggett, 2001). This work will overlook how deserts are measured by a variety of different means....   [tags: Papers] 646 words
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Desertification to The Sahel - Desertification to The Sahel The region known as the Sahel is a wide stretch of land running from the Atlantic ocean to the African "Horn", an area that contains the countries of Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Somalia And it is the strip of land that separates savanna from the desert, the issue I have been researching is Desertification to the Sahel, in other terms, The Sahel is shrinking at an alarming rate. Animals have been allowed to graze on its fragile land, which has destroyed the vegetation....   [tags: Papers] 484 words
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Desertification in Beijing - Chinese climatic history is colored with desertification. Desertification is the transformation of arable or habitable land to desert, by means of a change in climate or destructive land use.1 China is covered by deserts, however this becomes problematic during times of drought and aridity as the deserts expand and threaten local populations. The Gobi desert is the most threatening to Beijing, the capital of China. A study of desertification illustrates Beijing and China ’s weather, climate, and society of both the past and the present....   [tags: China Desert Environment Climate Essays Papers] 963 words
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Desertification And Deforestation - Desertification And Deforestation The Amazon Rainforest is probably the most important region that is threatened by deforestation. With over four million squared kilometers it is roughly the size of the United States. The Amazon spreads across nine South American Countries and contains one-fifth of the Worlds fresh water and one-third of the known living species. The land is home to hundreds of indigenous groups and is considered by many to be “the lungs of the planet”. Most of the Amazon is still pristine, but the region is being destroyed at an alarming rate....   [tags: Environment Environmental Essays]
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Desertification - The world’s drylands, contrary to popular misconceptions of being barren unproductive land, contain some of the most valuable and vital ecosystems on the planet. These dryland environments have surprising diversity and resiliency, supporting over two billion people, approximately thirty-five percent of the global population (UNEP, 2003). In fact, approximately seventy percent of Africans depend directly on drylands for their daily livelihood (UNEP, 2003). However, these precious and crucial areas are at a crossroad, endangered and threatened by the devastating process of desertification....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Desertification - DESERTIFICATION Desertification of the arid lands of the world has been proceeding--sometimes rapidly, sometimes slowly-- for more than a thousand years. It has caused untold misery among those most directly caught in it's path, yet environmental destruction continues. Until recently, few if any lessons seemed to have been learned from the past, in part because the problem went unrecognized in it's early stages or was seen as a local one only affecting a small population, and in part because new lands were always available to start over again....   [tags: Geology] 1436 words
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Desertification - Essay: What is desertification, where is it found, and what are the causes. Desertification is the process by which land dries up eventually over time and the land turning to desert. This is common in Africa where most of the terrain is a desert. It is believed that the Sahara desert was once fertile ground but now it is dried up. Sand as far as the eye can see and very little rainfall occurs in this region. About 2500 B.C., the climate of the Sahara changed. Africa was once a fertile plain but where the Sahara lies was once a fertile plain capable of harvesting foods nearly anytime of year due to the warm weather....   [tags: essays research papers] 354 words
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Sustainable development, a new way of urbanization - Introduction Urbanization, which is becoming a buzzword during the last few decades, is enlarging at a booming speed. It is predicted that 93 percents urban growth will occur to the year 2020, in the developing world (Elliot J.A, 1999). Generally speaking, more than half of the people around the world have been moved to cities, which led to a series of “matters” connected with people’s life that changed in a dramatical way. In this period, sustainable development, another buzzword during the past few years, came into people’s view and gradually became the mainstream of society development....   [tags: Electricity Consumption, Desertification]
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Drought as a Natural Disaster - ... These indices are calculated by using the MODIS products in a nine-year period (2003-2009) in Qom Watershed. For the evaluation of drought, the rainfall is also used. As a result, the Thermal Condition Index (TCI) was well-correlated with rain distribution, but the Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) has some anomalies. The result showed a log time for VCI, so that the vegetation condition in spring, growing season, improves although the rain is decreasing. The intensity of year-to-year fluctuation of VCI is low, because scarce vegetation cover in the study area....   [tags: bad management, desertification] 546 words
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Environment Management: Arid Regions - This essay will look at the typical nature of arid regions and will look at the impacts to the environment through management from societies living in these areas. First of all, arid “refers to areas where the climate is extremely dry. Such climates were defined as being areas with less than 250mm of precipitation per year, but in reality this is too simple.” (Skinner et al 2007 p12) The arid zone is characterized by excessive heat and inadequate, variable precipitation. Thornthwaite in 1931, was the first to define an aridity index using the relationship between precipitation and (potential) evapotranspiration, supported by Waugh (1990)....   [tags: dry climate, desertification]
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Desertification,Drought and Loss of Arable Land Due to Global Warming - ... This phenomenon affecting the earth’s surface and the atmosphere, shall be discuss and explore from many angles according to each situation and the probable solution to the problem, to find out best ways to treat each problem individually, and apply final general resolution. Greenhouse gases, the majority appear from the combustion of fossil fuels in factories, electricity production and cars. The main gas is carbon dioxide. Other gases such as methane, freed from cultivation and landfill, fertilizers release nitrous oxide, gases from industrial processes, also, lose of lunges of earth, the forests....   [tags: greenhouse gases, human activities] 582 words
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The Role of International Law Concerning Deforestation and Desertification - The Role of International Law Concerning Deforestation and Desertification The surface of the earth is, in a sense, its skin-a thin but crucial layer protecting the rest of the planet contained within it. Far more than a simple boundary, it interacts in complex ways with the volatile atmosphere above and the raw earth below. It may seem hard to imagine it as a critical component of the ecological balance, but in fact, the health of the earth’s surface is vital to the health of the global environment as a whole....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution]
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From Mesopotamia to the Nile Valley: Soil Degradation and Desertification - From Mesopotamia to the Nile Valley: Soil Degradation and Desertification Desertification has many definitions, encompassing both the physical and social consequences of the transformation of land into desert-like conditions. In all cases, the impacts of human activity are indelibly linked to desertification. In 1977, the United Nations Conference on Desertification proposed a definition: "Desertification is the diminution or destruction of the biological potential of the land, and can lead ultimately to desert-like conditions....   [tags: Environment Nature Essays]
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Desertificiation in China - Historically the Chinese has had an established a balance between man and nature. However, the twentieth century has seen a reversal in this relationship. China has adopted many damaging and exploitative practices, especially after the establishment of the communist People Republic of China (PRC) (Jiang, 2007). Years of ecological abuse have left China in an environmental crisis. Land degradation, specifically desertification, is one of the most pressing and important ecological issues. In 1978 the PRC’s Standing Committee initiated the Three-North Shelterbelt Development Programme (TNS)....   [tags: Environment, Man, Nature] 2461 words
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Urban Development and the Desertification of Bangalore - Introduction: Bangalore, the city growing fastest in Asia and 5th largest city, in India, has a decade population growth rate of 39% (87,49,944 populations) as per 2011 census (Source: census of India). The average annual total rainfall is about 931 mm with about 60 rainy days (Source: Indian Meteorological Department). The city enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. Its tree lined avenues, parks and abundant greenery have made Bangalore the ’Garden City’ of India; situated at an altitude of 920 m above mean sea level....   [tags: Bangalore vs Environment]
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Preventing the Desertification of the Aral Sea Region - ... Research has also shown that infant mortality rates have also steadily increased overall as expressed by figures which show an overall decline dating back to the 1950’s (Zetterstrom 1999). This has drastically changed the health of those who live within the region and it has come attached with a number of health dangers. Abnormally low infant birth weight, growth retardation, delayed puberty, and forms of psychoneural retardation are all linked to the Aral Sea region. Drinking water has also become a prominent issue due to the high concentration of salt which is not meant for human consumption (Ian Small, J....   [tags: environmental issues]
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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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The Effects of Deforestation - Merriam-Webster defines deforestation as “the act or process of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area” (Def. 1). Sometimes, deforestation can occur unintentionally because of forest fires, changes in climate, floods, and insects. Most deforestation happens intentionally by humans in order to use the land for farms and cities or to use the trees for paper and wood products. This practice has existed since the dawn of man, and in that time, about 80% of the Earth's forests are gone. If we continue at this rate, all of the rain forests in the world could disappear in a hundred years....   [tags: habitat destruction, environmental issues]
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Long Term Negative Effects of Deforestation in the Amazon - What would happen if one day the Amazon rainforest disappeared. The Amazon rainforest will disappear is not an assumption. It absolutely will be happen if people keep on deforesting the Amazon rainforest for many different demands. Huge amounts of area in Amazon were deforested because of agricultural pursuits. Also, the deforestation rate has increased in other ways, such as obtain more land for living and excessive uses of wood. Therefore, a large amount of trees were cut down and led to forest destruction....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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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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Is China's Time Up? - China’s great economic power house has the potential to be destroyed by a few grains of sand. Mother Nature may bring China to its knees in as little as twenty years. According to many scientists, desertification of western China will lead to mass relocation of people and great social upheaval (Ding, Bao, Ma, 1998). Whereas other scientists look towards China’s past to see that indeed the western desert has helped to bring down dynasties of the past. China has embarked on a massive ecology program trying to hold back the sand that is marching towards the capital Beijing (Pocha, 2008)....   [tags: International Government ]
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The Manipulation of Natural Resources - There is an ongoing war between first and third-world countries. Countless numbers of resources were taken from the periphery, but these resources were never completely returned. As First World countries prosper, Third World countries are undergoing poverty and environmental degradation. Despite all the destruction, natural resources from the periphery fabricate new technology and advances in core countries (Africa: Resources). For example, smartphones are products of natural resource utilization, whereas deforestation is the result of natural resource exploitation in the peripheries....   [tags: Nature, poverty, third-world]
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The Negative Effects of Urbanization on People and their Environment - The Negative Effects of Urbanization on People and their Environment As our world becomes increasingly globalized, numerous people travel to urban areas in search of economic prosperity. As a consequence of this cities in periphery countries expand at rates of 4 to 7 percent annually. Many cities offer entrepreneurs the potential for resources, labor, and resources. With prosperity cities also allow the freedom to of a diversity of way of life and manners (Knox & Marston, 2012). However, in the quest to be prosperous, increasing burdens are placed on our health and the condition of our environment....   [tags: Environmental Management, Urbanization]
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Causes and Impacts of Water Shortage in China - If you ask any environmentalist in China what the country’s principal issue is, the answer is always: water. China is becoming drier every year—its fresh water reserves declined 13% from 2000 to 2009 (Cho, 2011). It is estimated that every year China has a water supply shortfall of 40 billion cubic meters (Lu and Liao 1, 2011). The question is, why does China have such a serious problem with water. One of the major causes of water scarcity in China is its climate. If you divide China geographically into north and south by the Yangtze River—which runs roughly from Chongqing to Shanghai—80% of the rainfall falls in the south while 20% of the rainfall falls in the north (Cho, 2011)....   [tags: environmental issues, ecology, pollution]
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Rising Temperatures Threatens Life on Earth - Global warming refers to a steady rise in the earth temperature. Life on earth thrives on a temperature of between 30-45 degrees. A rise in the temperature therefore threatens the life on the planet and destabilizes several features that sustain the same. Since 1971, the temperature has risen steadily owing to fraudulent utilization of resources on earth leading to the emission of poisonous gases. The ecology has a mechanism of sustaining the life within it; the earth has an atmosphere that maintains the temperature among other fundamental features of the planet that sustains life (Schlossberg, 55)....   [tags: global warming, emission, environment] 1786 words
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Mongolia Trade, Exports and Imports - What do you think of when you hear the word Asia. The first thing that comes to mind is China, India, Russia, and Japan. Well there is a small country is completely engulfed by Russia and China, Mongolia. Mongolia is the size of Western Europe and it is landlocked. Mongolia is a large country with different physical features, but a main way of life (though it is changing now-a-days). Mongolia borders Russia and China, and its coordinates are 46 00 N, 105 00 E, and Mongolia’s capital and most populous city is Ulaanbaatar....   [tags: Asia, tourism, culture, climate, environment]
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African Dust and Microbial Pathogens - ... was isolated from dust and non-dust events. To compare A. sydowii and other fungal pathogens, 18s rRNA DNA comparisons were made for relationship determination. Results showed, that air filters exposed to dust storms collected more microbial components than filters exposed to non-dust storms. Interestingly, Aspergillus spp., Bispora spp. and Candida spps were collected in the non-dust storm sample. Aspergillus spp. collected from the dust storm event was used for studies of sea fan inoculation....   [tags: pathogenic disease outbreaks]
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The Effects of Environmental Degradation on the Spread of Infectious Diseases - Committee: World Health Organization Topic Area A: On the Effects of Environmental Degradation on the Spread of Infectious Diseases Country: Chile Environmental degradation is defined as the changes in the environment that compromise ecosystems, wildlife, and/or basic resources such as water, air, and soil. Major causes of environmental degradation include air pollution, chemical pollution, and changes in natural ecosystems through methods such as urbanization, desertification, and deforestation....   [tags: chile, world health organization] 628 words
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Burkina Faso's Climate and History - Burkina Faso's Climate and History Introduction ============ Burkina Faso is a country in the African continent. Here is a brief look at Burkina Faso's climate, history and at the country itself. Climate ======= * March and April are the short rainy season particularly in the South West, with long rains from June to October. *It is cool and dry from November to mid February Geography ========= * The country borders the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Niger, Togo and Mali....   [tags: Papers] 815 words
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Why Diverting Water From the Great Lakes Region is a Bad Idea - Water is the foundational basis of life on Earth. Ecosystems, society and humans are completely dependent on it, and as the world population continues to grow, there will be more mouths to feed, and those people will need water to continue their daily lives. However, shortages and poor management leads to the destruction of natural habitats and human suffering. Desertification of land in China is ever-increasing, turning green, lush land into desert. However, this is due mainly in part, because of human activity, and global warming (Wang, Yang, Dong, & Zhang, 2009)....   [tags: Water, Drought, Solutions]
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Meltwater from Tibetan Glaciers Cause Environmental Problems - There are many who claim and even who swear that Global Warming is a foreboding issue. It may be, it may not be, but that is not the topic of this report. Supporters of Global Warming like to point to the fact that nearly worldwide there seems to be trend in melting glaciers and masses of ice. This is very true, especially in the Tibetan region. Ice glaciers that have been solid for thousands of years are suddenly starting to melt. What is causing this. But of even more concern, what is this causing....   [tags: global warming, chinese legislation]
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Natural Disasters Are Not Purely Natural - Introduction The increased media coverage of the impacts of disaster events has caused a renewed interest in natural disasters (Hamilton and Press, 2009). This paper endeavors to show that what masses perceive as natural disasters are because of an array of factors. The focus is on human activities that create a fovourable environment for drought to become a natural disaster in arid areas (Giorgis, 2005). Socio-economic and environmental exposure can lead to disastrous consequences from even unpretentious vulnerability....   [tags: environment, drought, poverty]
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Impact of Globalization in China - Globalization has caused the world to change. Our country, China has been dramatically changed by globalization. Our people have moved to cities, and our industry has exploded. We have had huge advances in technology along with education improvement. Despite the fact that China has changed so much, there are still many issues that plague it. China faces serious environmental concerns. New diseases and viruses that are not indigenous to China can cause a wide range of sickness in the new area. Despite some of the the improvements in China that are a result of globalization, the negatives that globalization has brought to China are more than the benefits....   [tags: Globalization Essays]
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Agriculture and the Natural Environment - Introduction Agricultural activity is the earliest human’s activity on the natural ecosystem. It not only changes the local natural ecosystem but it also has a huge impact on the ecological environment. When many scholars trace back the historical roots of the problems of ecological environment, naturally they will be concern about the traditional mode of agricultural production, even back to the age when the foundation of traditional agricultural technology system was formed. Agricultural development for thousands of years both created a splendid civilization, but also accumulated a lot of environmental problems....   [tags: environment, natural ecosystem]
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Population Control: Preventing Unwanted Pregnancies - ... Without such effort, the Chinese population would be even further elevated (Riley, China’s Population). Along with the monumental aggregate of unplanned pregnancies in China, poverty and famine overwhelm the country. Nancy Riley proposed, “As cities and industries expand and as soil erosion, deforestation, and desertification become more widespread, China is losing farmland and grassland.” Deforestation not only takes away precious land from wildlife, but also food from humans. Mortality is generally higher in rural areas....   [tags: china, unplanned pregnancies, future]
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Undeveloped Nations in Africa: Mali - Undeveloped Nation - Environmental problem Mali is a nation that is an excellent case study representing the undeveloped nations in the Sahel. In Mali, only 28% of the 11 million national populations actually live in urban settings such as the capital city of Bamako. Most of the populace is spread across rural settlements. However, even urban centers lack consistent energy coverage. Only 25% of Bamako citizens have access to electricity because Mali is too poor to import more used fossil fuels, or set up large energy infrastructure....   [tags: environmental and socioeconomic problems] 847 words
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The Science of Tropical Savannas - The Science of Tropical Savannas Savannas are part of the Grassland biome, and are generally found in regions dominated by the "Wet-Dry Climate." Tropical Savannas encompass almost one half of the entire continent of Africa as well as many parts of Australia, India, Mexico, and South America. The Tropical Savannas in Australia take up over one-third of the country, and provide natural resources that contribute much of the money that supports the national economy. The Climate is the most important factor in creating a savanna....   [tags: Papers] 990 words
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Summary of The European Environment-State and Outlook 2010-Soil - Humans and the environment on which we live rely on soil for plant growth, provision of water and the storage of carbon. From that point we can infer that soil is linked to everything around us and plays many significant roles in sustaining life on earth. In “the European Environment- State and outlook 2010” article, the author presents a pan-European outlook on the state of soil in Europe. He describes the major soil degradation, the main trends, outlook, its impact, and the response policy. The author works together with the European Environment Agency (EEA), and the European Commission to provide us with these valuable information about the state of soil in Europe which help us to better...   [tags: soil, degradation, trends, impact, policy] 570 words
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Human Population and Patterns of Consumption - ... Clean water, another massive factor in the sustainability of life, will be rare in China, the most populated country in the world. Energy is also being used so extensively that we will need to at least triple it's production by the end of the century. To reach the demand we need to build, roughly, 36 billion solar panels, 23,000 nuclear power plants, and 14 million wind turbines, or we could, of course, continue to pollute the world with another 36,000 power stations of coal and natural gas, which is more likely....   [tags: natural disasters, pollution, famine] 615 words
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Reasons for the Expansion of Deforestation - ... Deforestation is bringing consequences and negative effects to the world. Now that 70-80% of the world species are located in the tropical rainforest, the loss of species will be greatly affected by deforestation. ("Effects of Deforestation," n.d.).By this living creatures are losing their habitats and its leading to the extinction of species. Its been estimated that around 50 to 100 types of animals are lost each day.This brings as a consequence for medical researchers who depend on animals and plants for hunting and medicine....   [tags: agricultural activities, rainforest] 593 words
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Analysis of Various International Environmental Conflicts - Throughout the world, conflicts over environmental issues abound. As technology progresses and our world continues to become more interconnected, an understanding of the worldâs environmental crises is important and necessary for the well-being of both humankind and the environment. This paper addresses and comments on the issues presented in the following books: Ecology of an African Rain Forest by Thomas T. Struhsaker, Green Guerillas edited by Helen Collinson, NIMBY Politics in Japan by S.Hayden Lesbirel, Where Environmental Concerns and Security Strategies Meet by James A....   [tags: Pollution and Environment Essays]
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