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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: 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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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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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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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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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 - ... Many countries around the world are affected by desertification, especially in the periphery countries. Desertification is a threat in Chile because about 20.1% of deserted land in South America is located in Chile. The continent of Africa has an even greater threat of desertification. About 56.9% of Africa is either already a desert or at a very high risk of becoming one (Fouberg, Murphy, and Blij 356-357). Increased agricultural production for First World countries in Africa and Chile contributes to soil erosion and grazing of the land, which leads to desertification....   [tags: Nature, poverty, third-world]
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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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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 - ... I felt like this is a good issue for me to write about because I like to view things from a realist, analytical perspective, without media spin or political hype or much room for any opinion at all. This is a type of issue that is based on fact. It is a problem and it can be solved, simple as that. It seems to me this is obviously a natural cycle not due to Global Warming. But here are the facts and the story: Glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, the source of many rivers that sustain China and the Indian subcontinent, are melting “faster than ever,” according to a five-year study by Chinese researchers....   [tags: global warming, chinese legislation]
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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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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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The Society of Egypt - The Society of Egypt Works Cited Not Included The cultural traditions, social behavior and practices of any society in history are inextricably linked to the weather and climate of its region. River mouths have always been popular settling spots, even dating back to the ancient civilizations; these water sources provided life, transportation, and basic survival for these communities. Cairo was founded below the delta on the Nile River in Egypt because of the existence of the Nile. Today, this region is hot and dry with the exception of the land directly bordering the Nile....   [tags: Egypt Cairo Culture Environment Climate Essays] 1220 words
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Pollution Essay: Global Warming is Real - There is a problem, one which we cannot ignore. We must recognize this as a first step in coming up with solutions and bringing about change. Still, there are entities masquerading behind false pretenses that cultivate climate skepticism. Climate skepticism is a propaganda which states that global warming is nothing but natural, and that the human race has nothing to do with it whatsoever. They try to prove using elaborate schemes that climate change is a scam, and discredit with bogus scientific findings those which are true and verifiable discoveries....   [tags: Climate Change Environment] 345 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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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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Problems Associated with Drought in Africa, and Proposed Solutions - Africa is a continent that suffers from many problems in many areas. The name of the continent has become synonymous with poverty, hunger and disease. These problems are connected with each other significantly. Many observers believe that the successive African crises are because of some reasons such as violence in most African countries, corruption that is rooted in the majority of African governments and stagflation which puts the continent in the mouth of hunger and unemployment(Stewart, 2004)....   [tags: african studies]
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The Ecological & Environmental Importance of Cork Oak Landscapes - Cork oak, Quercus suber, is native to the Woodland Biome located in the Mediterranean. These cork oak forests are common in such mediterranean countries as Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, and France. Known for its high species diversity, the cork oak is one of 13,000 plant species found only in this Mediterranean Woodland (Cork Screwed. 2006). In fact, the mediterranean has the second highest level of species diversity, aside from the tropical Andes. As we know, ‘diversity begets diversity’, and this high level of plant diversity allows for a high level of animal diversity as well....   [tags: Habitat Loss, Wine Bottles]
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Well-Distributed Food Aid to Kenya to Create Self-Relience - Proposal statement Food is a requirement of living organisms in order to sustain life as well as provide nourishment. However, not everybody has access to food due to un-foreseen circumstances that put individuals in need of food aid. These circumstances can be either man-made such as over farming or natural for example drought. In conducting this research, evidence will show some current solutions of providing food aid in Kenya as well as understanding what the future potential developments are....   [tags: food aid, Kenya, government, ]
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The Pros and Cons of Migration to Australia - The Australian Oxford mini dictionary (2006, p.318) states that, migration is the movement from one place; especially a country, to settle in another. As stated by Mulvany & Caroll (2003, p.28) during the past ten decades the Australian Government has tried various ways of enticing people to immigrate to Australia. Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. According to Mulvany & Caroll, “The number of countries represented by people coming to Australia is a lot greater today than it was at Federation, in 1906”(2003, p.28)....   [tags: Migration to Australia]
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Environmental CSR Related Issues in South Africa - 7. Corruption: Corruption is the theft or abuse of a country’s funds to benefit only the person committing the act. Corruption in South Africa is most evident under officials who abuse taxpayer’s money for their own benefit. Officials purchase expensive possessions and ignore the demands of the people. Corruption and fraud has caused the bankruptcy of many businesses in South Africa and has resulted in further poverty and unemployment. Government is doing little to combat corruption and fraud, but unsurprisingly as many high ranking government officials are guilty of corruption....   [tags: Environment, Environmental ]
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The Securitization of Climate Change in Australia - There is little doubt left that climate change represents a tangible and time critical environmental threat to Australia. The climate change debate has gone from one of speculative conjecture and dismissal on one extreme of the political continuum, to scare mongering and doomsday prophesying on the other. Though over the past decade the climate change debate has matured significantly and has transformed into a scientifically quantifiable argument with international significance, leaving the conservative un-believers no longer with the option of outright dismissal....   [tags: Environmental Policy, Government Intervention]
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The Earth's Carrying Capacity for Humans - Does the Earth have a Defined Carrying Capacity for Humans. Introduction: Having a population size that is not dangerously large is the limit where the population size is acceptable and understood as the defined carrying capacity for humans1. Population size and consumption can create stress on the environment through resources and social systems so that the quality of life declines. However some believe that resources can be created by humans and not all need to be replaced and reinvented once depleted, so resource availability may not be declining after all2....   [tags: Environmentalism / Population Growth]
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The Effects of Deforestation in Ecuador - In today's hectic world people work longer hours and utilize more technology and energy more than ever. The impact that this is having on the environment is substantial in both negative and positive ways. It is hard to deny the benefits modern technology has produced for the world, in industry and in everyday life. With more and more technological breakthroughs, there have been many positive ecological impacts, but the negative impacts are almost overwhelming. A Perfect example would be the deforestation of our rain forests....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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Famine is Not a Natural Disaster - This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands. - Barack Obama This quote taken from a speech that Barack Obama gave whilst running for the presidency will go down in history as an embodiment of the vision of hope and change that gave life to his campaign. It also is an explicit reference to anti-global warming movement. Although the sentiment is profoundly noble it is rather interesting that famine is presented in the same vein as sea rise and storms, that is to say presented as a direct result of environmental issues....   [tags: Environment Poverty Agriculture]
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The Growing Problem of Environmental Displacement - ... The Sochi construction not only displaced people, but there were also consistent claims of unpaid workers who dedicated time and labor to the construction sites. According to the Human Rights Watch, there were over 700 workers who never received payment for the labor. (Human Rights Watch, 2014) Examples of Climate Change and Displacement: The following paragraphs are examples of displacement that took place due to climate change. In the following examples, movement was caused because of natural disasters and droughts....   [tags: Environmental Displacement Research Paper]
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Systematic Killing in Darfur, Sudan - A disaster is unfolding in Darfur, a region on the western side of Sudan. Currently, the people of Darfur have been continually assaulted by the Sudanese army and by other private armies controlled by Sudan’s government. One of these armed forces is called the Janjaweed and some believe it means, “Devil on horseback” or from the Persian language (Farsi) believe it translates to, “warrior”. In Darfur, families are being murdered, raped, and starved by the thousands. Innocent civilians in Darfur continue to be victims of unthinkable brutality since 2003....   [tags: Genocide]
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Should GM Plants Be Banned? - Should governments keep a control over the production of GM plants. Oxford Dictionaries defines being “genetically modified” is equivalent to containing artificially altered genetic material designed to have desirable traits. (Oxford Dictionaries, 2011). It was in 1973 that Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer co-founded the means to achieve DNA cloning and techniques to transplant genes between different biological species and genetic engineering was born (Time, 2002). It is arguable that hybrid species and selective breeding has already existed thousands of years before....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Thomas Sankara: The Lion King - The works of Karl Marx have had a great effect on the world. They influenced many people including Vladimir Lenin. The works of Vladimir Lenin have also been influential. Together they influenced the African Che Guevara who is named Thomas Sankara. Thomas Sankara was a revolutionary hero that enacted sweeping social and economic changes throughout Burkina Faso and inspired many people to believe that Africa could be autonomous and self reliant. Thomas Isidor Noël Sankara was born December 21, 1949 in the Upper Volta (Biography of Thomas, n.d.)....   [tags: Africa]
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The Impact of Population Growth - Overpopulation is increasing every year and will eventually consume the planet. According to Nasif Nahle, overpopulation is “a term that refers to a condition by which the population density enlarges to a limit that provokes the environmental deterioration, a remarkable decline in the quality of life, or a population collapse.” People often ignore the subject of overpopulation, but this predicament is the world’s leading problem that society is burdened with going into the future. Unless the human population across the world lowers drastically, the consequences of overpopulation will ensue....   [tags: population, quality of life, medical technology]
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The Causes of Climate Change - Many people might think that anthropogenic influences are the only cause to climate change on Earth. However, there are many factors which are unnoticed by the human population that contributes to this crucial issue. For example, the most common phenomenon is global warming which is a factor to the progression of climate change over time. (1) This means that climate change has not just happened for a year, but throughout the Earth`s climatic history. In the modern era, this has been a controversial issue at which people only think that human activity is a primary cause of climate change, but there is a consensus view of this problem....   [tags: Global Warming Essays]
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We Must Stop Climate Change - The affect of climate change has been evident in World with the changing pattern of monsoon, erratic rainfall followed by floods, increased number of disasters has huge implications, mainly on the marginalized communities and more so on women and children. This puts World in a dilemma of not being able to feed its own people with reduction in agricultural output, increased investment in social infrastructure viz water supply and irrigation. With the local communities already putting their effort, the state has its work cut out to design and implement effective adaption strategies to cope with the climate change to reduce the impact on economic and social development, one of the key prioritie...   [tags: Global Warming Essays]
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Overpopulation Is a Growing Problem - ... This also makes it hard for them to receive help from other countries and they don’t have government assistance to help them with this problem. Lack of resources is not good for anyone. This makes living hard for many people in the world. When not having the things we need to survive like shelter, and food. This causes many health problems. When having a limited source of food this leads to malnutrition. Malnutrition is when you are not getting the nutrients that a human needs to be healthy....   [tags: overpopulation, environmental issue, pollution]
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Increasing Population Uncertainty - Increasing Population Uncertainty Carrying capacity is defined as the number of individuals of a certain species that can be sustained indefinitely in a particular area. The Earth’s capacity to support people is determined both by natural constraints and by human choices concerning economics, environment, culture (including values and politics), and demography. Human carrying capacity is more difficult to estimate than some of the standard demographic indicators, like expectation of life or the total fertility rate, because human carrying capacity depends on populations and activities around the world....   [tags: Papers] 3473 words
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Organic vs. Non-organic Foods - Organic products and non-organic products have been a subject of interest for me for a great amount of time because I have often questioned whether there really was a difference between the two types of products. I always wondered what the nutritional, economic, laborious, and pollution differences were, if any, in the creation of the two types of products. Through research, I have found several sources of information which allow me to determine more than a physical difference between the two....   [tags: Organic vs. Processed Foods]
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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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