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The very importance of the ecosystem stands far above the millions of innovations mankind has helped introduce into our world. The ability to sustain important forms of life which are vital to our everyday activities which include the creation of the oxygen, the clean air we are able to breathe and food sources we extract from to feed the billions of humans on a yearly basis. In a strange way, ecosystems “provide” goods and services for human beings and with the proper care of these environments, we have access to a tremendous source which is vital to maintaining human life for generations to come. Unfortunately, while ecosystems have serviced humans for hundreds of years, human responsibility for maintaining care for these ecosystems has created a tremendous decline in overall health of ecosystems across the world as a whole. According to the 2005 Millennium Assessment report, it stated that “Approximately 60% (15 out of 24) of the ecosystem services examined during the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment are being degraded or used unsustainably, including fresh water, capture fisheries, air and water purification, and the regulation of regional and local climate, natural hazards, and pests” (2005 Millennium Assessment Report). One perspective is to take into account are the value and costs these ecosystems represent and these numbers are often very difficult to add up for future generations, who most likely pay for the mistakes of the past generations abuse of the environment. World population will continue to rise every year and this will begin to effect the amount of arable, or useable land, which can be utilized for farming and planting crops. This ultimately places the very onus of society with finding a means... ... middle of paper ... ...fishing industry (Wilson 2002). 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 (Small et al. 2001). International cooperation is often required to solve issues and implementing the proper policy can make the biggest difference in causing further damage to this already forsaken ecosystem.

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