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The Environmental Impact of Fisheries and Fish Farming on a Global Scale

- Research Paper The Environmental Impact of Fisheries and Fish Farming on a Global Scale On our Oceanography class trip to La Jolla, California, we spent a day on the Ocean Institute boat running tests and observing sea life. To collect a sample of the different fish in the area we dragged a large net in the water, which the volunteers said they don’t do often because it is destructive to the environment. I found it interesting that catching fish in this way could be harmful not only to the fish, but to the ocean environment itself....   [tags: Ecology]

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Ecological Studies on the Scale Insects Infest Guava Trees at Qaliobiya Governorate

- 2- Ecological studies on the scale insects infest guava trees at Qaliobiya governorate. A- Survey of scale insects infest guava trees at Qaliobiya governorate. This work is carried out during the two studied years, from August 2005 to July 2007, through twice visits monthly to the three areas from (EL-Khanka, Shebeen EL-Qanater & Benha orchard).The collected species were listed in table XII & illustrated in figures 62-66. 1-EL-Khanka orchard as shown in the previous table & figure62, conducted 1950 individuals included in 8 species, where Pulvinaria psidii Maskell was the most dense species with 90.3%, then Aspidiotus nerii Bouch(5.54%) & Ceroplastes cirripediformis Comstock (2.82%), but S...   [tags: Ecology ]

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A Study of the Impact of Human Encroachment on Coastal Microbial Concentrations

- Introduction: The intent of the study was to analyze the impact of human encroachment on concentrations of the bacterium known as enteroccocus in coastal waters. In order to evaluate impact of human encroachment, the research question, to what extent does the level of human activity and development in proximity to a saltwater source affect the levels of the bacterium enteroccocus present, was posed. This study is was undertaken because the United States recently changed the federal standard of water quality at state beaches from fecal coliform to enterococcus....   [tags: Ecology]

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The Green Gap: Exploring the Divide Between Ecological Thinking and Acting

- Most Americas with any media exposure know the ecological damage our society is doing to Earth, yet we have accomplished almost nothing to mediate it. This gap between knowing and acting seems counterintuitive. Commonsense tells us that once we know something is bad, steps are taken to prevent it. Prevention is all the more relevant because Earth is a dynamic system where impacts on one side of the planet are felt on the other. As my mother always quoted to me, “Commonsense ain't all that common.” This paper looks at the potential rationals of why we often believe in the ecological damage we are doing, but fail to act to fix it; the “Green Gap” as it were....   [tags: Ecology]

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Diversity of Species Found in Tropical Rainforests and Temperate Forests

- Introduction While looking at tropical rainforests and temperate forests, one will notice a wide diversity of: species, location and values. Tropical rain forests are located along equatorial regions of the globe, while temperate forests tend to shy away from the planets waistline and reside in areas north and south of the equator. Temperature and rainfall has a profound effect on the control of temperate and tropical rainforests. Diversity of species is influenced by the type of forest where the species is located....   [tags: Ecology]

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The Fisheries Management of the Lake Annecy Stocked Arctic char

- Abstract The fisheries management of the Lake Annecy stocked Arctic char Salvelinus alpinus fingerlings from different origins to improve the its catches.Different origions of stocked fish includes included catching progeny of wild spawning Arctic char from Lake Annecy and rearing the juveniles in the hatchery at Lake Annecy,, juveniles produced in a hatchery on Lake Geneva from eggs from wild fish in Lake Geneva, or using juveniles of a brood stock reared in the INRA research hatchery on Lake Geneva....   [tags: Ecology]

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Kānuka and Gorse as Ecosytem Engineers: A Study on Motutapu

- Kānuka (Kunzea ericoides) is the primary successional plant used on Motutapu island for regeneration of original native species assemblages. This study investigates contrasts floral and invertebrate diversity between kānuka and gorse (Ulex europaeus), a plant which has been used elsewhere as an efficient primary successional shelter, and as an equivalent harbour for invert diversity. Six stands, three of gorse, three of kanuka, were sampled using transects totalling five samples per stand. The stands measured were too immature to support understory, but kānuka was significantly more diverse in invert fauna than gorse....   [tags: Ecology]

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Policy Evaluation of the REDD Mechanism in the Congo

- Introduction Deforestation in tropical forests has gained salience in public debate on climate change mitigation policies. Such salience stems from the negative externalities caused by deforestation, such as the release of greenhouse gases emissions, the loss of biomass, forest degradation etc. Recent research on CO2 emissions point out that tropical deforestation represents about 15 to 17 percent of anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) . To curb the emission of greenhouse gases emissions from tropical forests, the parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention have initiated a mitigation policy called “REDD+” (Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions from def...   [tags: Ecology ]

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Wetland Mitigation: A Failing Attempt at Saving the Wetlands

- Introduction Virtually unknown guardians of the cities surrounding them; hidden homes for many species of fish, plants, and animals; as well as a unique recreational area to locals and a helpful attraction for tourism—the wetlands have an immeasurable and unrecognized value to our society. Wetland mitigation began a popular movement in the late 80s with a no net loss goal; however, the agencies in charge are far from close to this goal.—Sadly, the wetlands are disappearing at an overwhelming rate; according to Esty, the US is losing about 60,000 acres of wetland annually (Esty)....   [tags: Ecology ]

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The Economic Consequences of Giving Dolphins “Non-Person Rights”

- The Economic Consequences of Giving Dolphins “Non-Person Rights” The United Nations declared that all humans have the right to life, liberty and shelter (citation pending. UN website). As an intelligent species should dolphins be given the same guarantees. Recently scientists have been calling for increased protection of dolphins because there is evidence that they are highly intelligent and capable of abstract thought; however the consequences of grating them Special protections of their habitats and species would be economically devastating to the fishing and shipping industries....   [tags: Ecology]

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Environmental Sustainability Problems for the Chesapeake Bay Region

- Hampton Roads, Virginia is known by most heavyweight, enthusiastic tourists as a great vacation attraction for the entire family. The associated water area has a wide channel through which the tributary waters of the James River, Nansemond River, and Elizabeth River pass through extensive natural areas to flow into the Chesapeake Bay and continuing into the Atlantic Ocean with over 26 total miles of associated beaches. The Chesapeake Bay ecosystem sustains the many complex relationships that exist with the organisms and inhabitants among the very large living resources of the Bay watershed region to include over 3,600 total species, with 348 finfish, 173 shellfish and 2,700 varieties plants...   [tags: Ecology ]

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The Worldwide Affect of the Decreasing Honeybee Population

- The death of honeybees in the world should certainly be a cause of concern for governments, scientists, ecologists, and consumers of honey. The extinction of honeybees might have serious negative effects on the livelihoods of populations that depend on honey cultivation for food and income. Moreover, honey has healing properties, especially for cold and flu, and, therefore, a reduction in its supply could be detrimental to people's health. The death of honeybees will cause an imbalance in the ecosystem because flowering plants depend on the bees for pollination (Quarles, 2008, p.1)....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Plastic Pollution and the Effects on Human Health

- Where does all the plastic go. Every bit of plastic that has been created is still here. This is because plastic is one-hundred percent non-biodegradable. Even the most degraded plastic down to polymers cannot be digested by bacteria (Laist, 1997). If global issues like starvation and climate change are not enough to stress on, the weight of an issue literally churning in the Pacific Ocean is startling. For decades the majority of the world’s population has not been properly educated on the nature of plastic and the potential harm it can do to our environment and our physical health....   [tags: Ecology ]

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The Grasslands and the Northern Swift Fox

- The lush grasslands of North American grasslands spread throughout the United States Great Plains. The grasslands supply a home to many plants, species, and endangered species, such as the Northern Swift Fox, Vulpes Velox. The grasslands provide a beautiful habitat for the many species of wildlife to thrive and live because of the tall, mixed grass, Rocky Mountains, fertile soil, rainfall, and moderate temperatures. The conservation of the species of these grasslands have become extremely important, because if one endangered species such as the small, speedy Northern Swift Fox went extinct, horrible effects will occur....   [tags: Ecology]

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Frog Extinctions as Indicators of Environmental Problems

- Tiny or large, smelly or poisonous, there are many kinds of frogs and are excellent indicators of the quality of the overall environment. To this day, scientists continue to find new varieties of frogs never been discovered all over the world. Recently, tiny frogs [its scientific name is Eleutherodactylus Iberia, smaller than a U.S. dime, were discovered under old leaves in Cuba in 1996 (“The World’s Smallest Frog”). See-through glass frogs were discovered in the Upper Nangaritza Basin in southeastern Ecuador which had previously been known to live only in one area of northeastern Peru ("Ugly" Salamander Among New Species Found in Ecuador”)....   [tags: Ecology ]

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The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Toolkit

- Sustainability has become a buzzword in lives of many Americans. The challenge with creating programs that promote and educate on the topic sustainability is that there does not appear to be a consistent definition for the term ‘sustainable’. In the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Toolkit, the authors suggest that “sustainable development is generally thought to have three components: environment, society, and economy. The well-being of these three areas is intertwined, not separate” (McKeown, 2002, p....   [tags: Ecology]

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The Adverse Effects of Oil Spills

- Abstract: Oceanitis G.W’s main goal through this project is to open the eyes of our school, California, the United States, and the world, to the adverse effects of oil spills and a revolutionary way of cleaning them up. We plan on demonstrating the usefulness of hair and how it absorbs crude oil when haphazardly spilled. Also, we plan to demonstrate how hair can be used as a type of fertilizer before and after it has soaked up oil. This activity is meant to show that the current methods of cleaning up oil are inferior and too costly and too slow....   [tags: Ecology]

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Habitat Destruction and Extinction of Animals

- In an exceedingly vast forest in Mexico, the world’s largest woodpecker is flying around rummaging for food from tree to tree. The bird measures about two inches tall, the males have a red-sided crest and have black feathers, and the feminine is all black, towards the bottom, they both have white plumages towards the tail, and a protracted beck. The fowl is an Imperial Woodpecker, it subsist on fruits, nuts, carpenter ants and beetle larvae. This feathered friend exists peacefully in this forest....   [tags: Ecology]

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Should Dolphins Be Granted Rights?

- Should dolphins be given “Non-Person rights” as a intelligent species. Recently scientists have been calling for increased protection of dolphins because there is evidence that they are highly intelligent and capable of abstract thought; however the consequences of grating them more protection than they have now would be economically devastating. Dolphins have been regarded as a intelligent species for many years, in the last couple years there has been a lot more research into their intelligence....   [tags: Ecology]

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Restoring the Everglades National Park

- The Everglades national park is one of the largest American national parks that cover 1,506,539 acres of saw grass marshes, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rock lands, mangrove forests, fresh water lakes, saltwater and fresh water marshes. The Everglades is home to many rare, threatened and endangered species. According to (UNESCO World Heritage Convention, 2011) “These include the Florida panther, snail kite, alligator, crocodile, and manatee.” The Everglades is also home to many different species of birds and reptiles....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Extinction Risks for Coral Reefs

- Coral reef ecosystems around the globe are threatened by human interferences and climate change. This has led to many scientists conducting studies on global coral reef ecosystems to gain a better understanding of the cause and effects of coral reef damage. In both Hodgson’s (1999) and Carpenter et al.’s (2008) studies, they are aware of the continuous degradation of global coral reef ecosystems. Hodgson's study involved conducting a survey on global coral reef ecosystems to see whether human actions were affecting the health of supposed pristine Coral reefs....   [tags: Ecology]

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Development of the Colorado River

- Prior to settlement of the western United States, the Colorado River roamed free. Starting from cool mountain streams, the river eventually became a thunderous, silty force of nature as it entered the canyons along its path. The river nourished wetlands and other riparian habitats from the headwaters in the Rocky Mountains to the delta at the Sea of Cortez in Northwest Mexico. Settlers along the river harnessed these waters mainly for agriculture via irrigation canals, but flooding from spring runoff wreaked havoc on agricultural land, prevented development in the floodplain and full utilization of the water, a waste in the eyes of western farmers....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Wolves: Keeping Nature in Balance

- Everyone knows of the apocryphal evil that is wolves, hunting our children, killing our livestock, taking the best deer. Having a wolf hunting season seems like a no brainer, right. But what if that’s not how wolves are, what if they are innocent, so to say. Should they be hunted. The short answer is no. There should not be a wolf hunting season because many of the thoughts on wolves are incorrect; hunting would compromise wolf studies, and the population is already suffering. We have all heard of the Big Bad Wolf, stalking children and spreading fear and chaos....   [tags: Ecology]

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Coastal Erosion: La Playa Loca

- Erosion is when the elements such as wind, water, and ice remove pieces of land. (“What is Coastal Erosion?”) Coastal Erosion takes place when destructive waves wear parts of the coast away. Four ways in which this takes place are corrasion/abrasion, hydraulic action, attrition, and corrosion/solution. (“Internet Geography”) Corrasion/abrasion is when materials are hurled at the base of cliffs through waves. Hydraulic action is when waves hit the base of a cliff and air is compacted, when the wave leaves air is rushed out and often this causes the material to break....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Bird Species in Belize

- ... Smilax tendrils, also called cat claw, were used as a form of birth control. Aerial roots are a favorite of the black howler monkeys. The roots can be smoked and help people quit smoking. The cohune have many uses such as: makes furniture, rings, wine, massage oil, stops infections and more. The miconia leaves have an orange substance at the end that is used as a ringworm cure. Purple vervines is used as a treatment of leukemia. Melastoma leaves are favored by monkeys, very soft and can be a replacement to toilet paper....   [tags: mutualism relationships, biology, ecology]

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The Genesee River Watershed

- Introduction: The Genesee River Watershed. The Genesee River and its watershed is a major tributary to Lake Ontario. The river originates in the Allegheny Plateau in the town of Ulysses, Potter County, Pennsylvania, about fifteen miles south of the New York State border (GFLRPC, 2004). The river flows north through Allegheny, Livingston, and Monroe Counties and forming a portion of two borders between Livingston County and Wyoming or Monroe Counties. Letchworth State Park runs along the Genesee River encapsulating 14,350 acres of the watershed and contains the “Grand Canyon of the East” a gorge 550 feet deep and six miles long....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Protecting the Daintree Rainforest

- 1. Destroying the habitat of different plants and animals, they no longer have a place to live. Their food source and nutrients are taken away and have nowhere else to go. These organisms will die out and there will be a loss in the diversity of that ecosystem. That ecosystem can then start to crumble as the habitats are taken away and the plants and animals have no home. With no habitat in which the organisms can live in, there is going to be very little diversity. 2. a) The Daintree rainforest at Cape Tribulation, in far north Queensland is diverse in many ways....   [tags: Ecology]

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Belize Barrier Reef Platform

- While the human population continues to grow so does the need for land to contain the growth. In man’s attempt to fulfill this need we find that we are encroaching on lands used for diverse wildlife and plant-life. The problem comes from the fact that when man moves into these new areas he usually takes over and in the process damages or destroys ecosystems that were in place. This loss of ecosystems equates to the loss of animal species and also plant species. This is happening in our world at an alarming rate....   [tags: Ecology]

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Dy-Yu Creek Watershed Study

- A model is a simplified representation of a system at some particular point in time or space intended to promote understanding of the real system [52]. Hydrologic models aid decision making and planning in several different ways. Models provide forecasts of current and alternative impacts on water quality, detail NPS processes, establish critical areas, rank alternative measures and are often the only means of predicting water quality impacts for non-monitored sites [53]. Some of the commonly used watershed-scale hydrologic and non-point source pollution model include: AGNPS, ANSWERS, HSPF, SWMM, STORM, and VAST....   [tags: Ecology]

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Gliding Through the Ocean

- Title A scuba diver, submerged under water and surrounded by a multitude of colorful fish, is in his element. To him, nothing compares to the majesty of the sea. The life and all the fish that thrive at the bottom of the sea fascinate him. Just above the top of the ocean, another man stands on the sand, reveling in the splendor of the sky. In his hand, a long string stretches into the clouds and connects with a magnificent kite. Each man believes his atmosphere to be the most wonderful of all. In the diver’s eyes, the fish enhance the beauty of the ocean, while the man on shore gives kites the credit for brightening the sky....   [tags: Ecology]

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Maharashtra’s maximum irrigation potential

- Challenges faced by many countries in their struggle for economic and social developments are related to water (TAC, GWP 2000: 6) 2. India, too, is a varied country in terms of water availability and Maharashtra is a peculiar State of it. Maharashtra has uneven distribution of water resources. A large area is, therefore, water deficit whereas a small part is bestowed with abundance of water. Maharashtra’s physiography has constraints over the creation of surface water (SW) potential for irrigation purpose....   [tags: Ecology]

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Coral Reefs: At Risk

- Coral reefs are diverse ecosystems that emanate great beauty while providing a home to many marine inhabitants. Coral reefs, being a marine ecosystem, are extremely important for the overall health of the surrounding environment. They provide food and shelter to a large bio-diverse population. Coral reefs are among the world’s oldest, most diverse, and most productive ecosystems (Miller and Hackett 129). Coral reefs are found in shallow coastal regions of warm tropical and subtropical oceans. Coral reefs are formed by massive colonies of tiny animals called polyps....   [tags: Ecology ]

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The Plains Bison Hunt

- Introduction The Red River Métis began their organised bison hunts soon after 1820 (Gerhard, 1982). The hunts did not take long to become a major part of the Métis culture and heritage. This would end up being a major source of income for many decades. As the ice age glaciers started to melt, the bison and other animals started moving onto the plains, the Métis then used this migration to their advantage and started hunting them (Gerhard, 1982). Some First Nations, particularly the Dakota and Assiniboine, relied primarily on the bison, utilizing every part of the body and carcass (Gerhard, 1982)....   [tags: Ecology]

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Importance of Mangrove Ecosystem

- What is the Mangrove Ecosystem. Mangroves are found in tropical and sub-tropical areas which located at intertidal areas and estuary mouths between land and sea. There are consists a group of plant growing in shallow and muddy salt water or brackish waters. The specific regions where the plants occur are called “mangrove ecosystem”. Mangroves provide critical habitat for a diverse marine and terrestrial flora and fauna. The continuous interruption of physiological and morphological stresses, salinity effect, aeration and onslaught of wave action in long term period are causes of the ecosystem highly fragile (source?)....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Microbial Diversity

- Micro- and macro-organisms are habitually associated with interactions shaping contrasting environments between different host-microbial communities {{59 Hughes-Martiny, J.B. 2006;}}. These interactions are microbial dominated as microbes outnumber host cells by many orders of magnitude {{68 Savage, D.C. 1977;}} and provide metabolic functions lacking from the host {{69 Gill, S.R. 2006;}}. Naturally occurring populations can also include interactions between host-pathogens colonization {{16 Critzer, F.J....   [tags: Micro-Ecology]

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What´s Environmental Science

- Environmental science is the study of the environment (air, water, soil, organisms) and the solution to environmental challenges, for example, human activities. Although environmental science is common knowledge today, it was not a field of study until the 1960’s. Around this time, environmental science presented few issues in comparison to the many we face today. In the last few decades, humans have made damaging effects on the environment, like the ozone layer and global warming. Also the earth has become polluted, not only on the inside, but on the outside too....   [tags: ecology, mitigation, scientists]

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Malibu and Yosemite Benefits from Wildfires

- Malibu and Yosemite share similar ecosystem, which encourages wildfires and periodic firestorms. In his book Ecology of Fear, Mike Davis argues that Malibu should burn because wildfires are a part of its history. To illustrate his point, he relates numerous historical events from the first settlement of the region to modern days. Despite the high frequency of wildfires in Malibu, humans have continued to settle there in droves. Those settlers have fought the fires, which has done nothing but augment their intensity....   [tags: controlled burn, fire, ecosystem, ecology]

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Malibu and Yosemite: The Burning Factor

- Malibu has been burning ever since it’s been known to mankind. The geographic condition along with fierce Santa Ana wind has made it the perfect burning zone. Yosemite is prone to fire because of its natural condition but not to the extent like Malibu. Malibu has been inhabited for more than a century. Malibu is a place where people went to settle down because of the natural beauty. Mountains along with pacific shoreline are the perfect dream location for many reality businesses. All these natural beauties and the addition of hot and dry weather came with a dangerous problem; which is nothing but fire: a fire which is intensified exponentially by the wind of Santa Ana....   [tags: ecology, wildfire, Yosemite National Park]

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Ecoturism and Traveling

- Ecology is the scientific study of the relationship between living organisms and their environment. The word ecotourism takes its root from this source and ecotourism is the process of travelling to ecologically beautiful places to notice and study about its typical miracles. Admittedly people’s approach toward this field is very different. As a result of this process sociologists have surveyed this area very carefully. It is always assumed that once a location is established as a main tourist destination the effect on the local community are profound....   [tags: Ecology, Environment, New Zealand]

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Ecoturism and Its Impact in Gunung National Parks of Sarawak

- ... In the other hand, regions protected for ecotourism was providing environmental benefits indirectly to the ecosystem. At the local level, the watershed protection (e.g. stream-flow regulation, water quality upkeep and reduction of erosion), maintenance of biodiversity such as gene pool protection and microclimates’ regulation are the indirect benefits results of the implementation of ecotourism (Weaver, 2008). However, Hvenegaard (1994) discussed that there were unfavorable environmental effects brought upon by ecotourism in protected areas....   [tags: plant resource science and environmental ecology]

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Analysis of Propaganda: First Theories of Decoding and Effects

- 1) assumptions In this paper I discuss several assigned articles with regard to the assumptions, focus, time and space contexts, stated purpose, and comparison between certain articles. Except for one article, all articles in this weekly reading are assumed to use post-structuralist paradigm. In their article, Lobao & Meyer (2001) encourage the readers to use combination of macro, meso, and micro approach in understanding agricultural transformation rather than only macro approach. For example, they urge the Human Ecology Theory (PEP), which is micro theory about individual’s adaptation to the dynamic of environment like population density, culture and technologies, and bio-physical environm...   [tags: Agricultural Transformation, Human Ecology Theory]

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Human Impacts on the Earth

- To all living things the difference between life and death rest amongst change. Repeated similar routines, ways of life, are how earth’s organisms go about their daily lives, always surrounded by familiarity. In the limitless universe, however, “change is the only constant” (Heraclitus). Earth has been changing since it composed of only simple gases and star dust. As these simple elements fell into the gravitational spiral of the solar system, every detail and event, massive and minuscule, resulted in creating the small probability of a planet that could inhabit life, earth....   [tags: ecological limits, environment, population ecology]

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The Product Bombardier Eco 4

- Product/Services plan: Purpose of Product/Services: Bombardier transportation is the one of the leading technology in rail as well aero industry; it produces highly sophisticated products with good durability. They came up with an innovative technology called as “BOMBARDIER ECO4” in order to save energy and environment as well to upgrade train performance, this technology concentrates mainly on few important factors like energy, efficiency, economy and ecology (Bombardier, 1997-2013). Bombardier transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility....   [tags: services, energy, efficiency, economy, ecology]

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The Power of Sustainability in Countries

- Sustainability refers to the understanding of the interconnections among economy, society and environment which is applicable to a series of procedures to achieve a distribution of resources and opportunities. At present, many countries are intending to carry out this ideology to enforce a development in the ecology of the world. But nevertheless a great quantity of countries is not interested on applying these methods into their economy, as in the case of Venezuela because it is a country with many resources such as Oil....   [tags: development, ecology, resources, oil, power]

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Climate Change and Global Warming

- Climate change and Global Warming are out of control. This means that, no matter what policies, processes or actions are implemented, the Earth as we know it will never be the same again. There is significant evidence to support this hypothesis. The dilemma becomes whether we can limit the damage and adapt to a new status quo or not. Rising sea levels and the damage caused by this phenomenon has irreversible impacts on coastlines worldwide. Damage to sensitive reef systems cannot be fixed. This also has permanent impacts of the ecology not just of those immediate areas but also the ocean as a whole....   [tags: reef systems, ecology, season predictibility]

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The Cheshire Region

- The Cheshire region is a low lying plain between the Pennines and the Welsh uplands the western and northern boundaries extend out to the Irish Sea . The mid-cheshire ridge divides the county into an eastern and western lowland. 10,000 years ago the landsacape was coverd by sheets of ice these ice sheets retreated northward leaving expanses of clay and sand. After the glaciers retreated vegetation became established and was collonised by by mosses and liverworts on the mineral rich surface....   [tags: Ecology]

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge

- Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the conservation of natural resources Nature as w e know it means different things to different people. To an economist, natural is often seen as a resource to be transformed and put in readiness for human use. An alternative view is that humans are stewards who should care for natural things as well as making use of nature’s bounty. Another view is that nature of animism, which sees nature as a living thing, something to be respected and not controlled. Some native American’s view the earth as a sacred place could be called animist....   [tags: Ecology]

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The Daintree Rainforest

- The Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world, is part of the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, Australia. This 1200 square kilometer, or approximately 500 square mile, rainforest is home to 3000 plant species. This region “contains 30 percent of Australia's frog, marsupial and reptile species, 65 percent of Australia's bat and butterfly species and 20 percent of the bird species,” according to the Daintree Discovery Center, the rainforest’s interpretive facility. Of these, 700 plants and 70 animals exist only in northeast Queensland and nowhere else in the world....   [tags: Ecology]

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Save the Rainforest!

- We are supposed to be good stewards of this earth while we are still living on it. God gave us this planet to inhabit and have dominion over everything on and in it. That means that we are responsible for keeping it clean, for protecting it from harm or depletion and we have to preserve and replenish the earth. It is sad to say but humans have played their part in deteriorating the earth. We have polluted and killed the very thing that takes care of us. If you ride by any lake or river you find trash and debris around it....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Green Hairstreak Butterfly

- Introduction Green Hairstreak butterfly is one of the local species found throughout British Isles. The wings of the butterfly are dull brown on the uppersides, and bright green on the underside, with a white ‘streak' across the fore and hindwings. The sexes are very similar in appearance, but male butterfly can be distinguished by the presence of a small pale spot on each forewing. The plump caterpillar grows to 1.5 cm in length, and is flattened at each end. It is green in colour, with a brown head, has a dark line passing along the back and rows of diagonal yellowish-white markings....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Ocean Dead Zones

- When referring to Arizona’s water Kris Mayes, chairwoman of the state’s utility regulatory panel once said, “How do you say just how valuable water is in an arid state like Arizona?” she said. “It’s like the credit-card commercial-it’s priceless” (McKinnon). She was right, because in a dry state like Arizona, water is pretty important. To say water is ‘pretty important’ for the world is an understatement. We use water to function. And when we think of water we think of saving it. Keep the faucets from dripping or turn off the water while brushing your teeth....   [tags: Ecology]

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Oceans in Crisis

- Oceans are such so vast that people underestimate the impact their actions —seeming so insignificant— have on them. Humans have by and large taken the oceans for granted; not considering how important a healthy ocean is to our survival. A popular mind-set is that the oceans are a bottomless supply of fish, natural resources, and an infinite waste dump. There are myriad reasons why the oceans should be saved and the most obvious one is marine life. With 71% of the Earth being covered by water, it is obvious that sea creatures are predominant form of life, making up 80% of the species of life on Earth....   [tags: Ecology ]

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The Jellyfish Dystopia

- Earth’s environment is a complex construction with multiple parts that are all important to its success. Even creatures like jellyfish cannot be ignored when considering this delicate construction. As humans manipulate the environment, conditions are beginning to favor jellyfish and promote large population explosions. The effects of these large populations have a myriad of effects on humans and can be applied to ecological dynamics found in Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. The manipulation of the environment by humans is the first factor that has begun to promote the jellyfish dystopia....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Ecology Lab Report: Creating an Ecosystem in a Bottle

- Objective: To create an ecosystem contained in a bottle with both terrestrial and aquatic environments sealed to the outside world. Hypothesis/Predictions: I predict the fish will last for 3 days. I predict the crickets will last for a week. Materials: 1. fish 2. Water 3. 2 plants 4. Soil 5. Rag 6. Graphite 7. 2 Liter Bottle (2) 8....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Private Development and Corporate Funding to Fight Shoreline Erosion

- Private Development and Corporate Funding to Fight Shoreline Erosion At its simplest, shoreline erosion is the result of the combination of processes, both natural and manmade, by which shoreline and beaches are damaged or lost. For this discussion, wetlands are also included. There is an ongoing debate over the best way by which to preserve beaches, shorelines, and wetlands. Conservation extremists argue that limiting or restricting land use, and restoring damaged property with tax money represents the most prudent answer to shoreline erosion....   [tags: Environment Ecology Ecological Essays]

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How Is Waste Management Affected By Socioeconomic Factors?

- How Is Waste Management Affected By Socioeconomic Factors. Summary. One of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today is the issue of waste management and disposal. This problem crosses all international borders and touches the lives of all of the world’s peoples. Waste management encompasses everything from collection and handling to disposal by incineration, landfill and other methods, and recycling. Also included are the serious associated implications for the health of people and the environment....   [tags: Ecology Pollution Environmental Essays]

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The Mysterious Vanishing Frogs of North America

- The Mysterious Vanishing Frogs of North America I have a passion for all things slimy, wet, and creepy-crawly. Some of the best times of my life have been spent on my knees, digging in the dirt for earthworms, traipsing back from ponds with buckets of putrid swamp water teeming with tadpoles, or chasing fat little toads in knee-high grass. I love the outdoors and all of the ugly animals that inhabit it. I like to catch them, watch them, and – especially – photograph them. For the longest time, lizards have been the main focus of my photographic endeavors, but last summer, inspired by a book on frogs from the local library, I set out to document the lives of these often overlooked amphibi...   [tags: Environment Ecology Nature , Pollution]

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Ecological Role of Termites in Dry Environments

- Ecological Role of Termites in Dry Environments Termites are predominantly thought of as destructive and menacing creatures that serve only a small part in Earth’s ecology. The contrary, however, is a more accurate description of the incredible niche that this animal fulfills, particularly amid arid and infertile environments. The inhospitable outback of Australia receives a minute amount of annual precipitation. The shortage of moisture has led to an astounding adaption of the few animals that continue living there, notably the termites....   [tags: Environmental Ecology Research Papers]

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Endangered/Extinct Species

- Ecology is the study of relationships among organisms and the environment within an ecosystem. (Hoefnagles, 2012) In other words, ecology is all living things together in a specific environment, such as the plants and animals of the rainforest, and how they interact. Mankind has had many impacts on the ecosystem – rapid development, depleting natural resources, overhunting, and pollution of various kinds- all of which have resulted badly for other species within our world. There are also natural occurrences which can affect species – acid rain, natural selection, predators, disease, and asteroid/cosmic radiation....   [tags: ecology, ecosystem, environment, extinction]

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Henry Thoreau and Science

- Henry Thoreau and Science Though best known as a literary figure, Henry Thoreau showed a lasting interest in science. He read widely in the scientific literature of his day and published one the first scholarly discussions on forest succession. In fact, some historians rate Thoreau as one of the founders of the modern science of ecology. At the same time, Thoreau often lamented science’s tendency to kill poetry. Scientific writings coupled with his own careful observations often revealed life to him, but in other ways rendered nature lifeless....   [tags: Literature Poems Ecology Papers]

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Insecticidal Efficacy

- Hussein (1991) reported that the use of Tween-80 and Span-80 surfactants as synergistic agents had improved the insecticidal efficacy and lowered the LC50 values from 3.3 to 5 times in case of Cyphenothrin and from 3.2 to 5.7 times in case of fenitrothion. Tween-80 was found more effective than Span-80. The combination ratios between the insecticides and the surfactants are important in determining the insecticidal efficacy. Abdel-Rahman et al. (1995) evaluated the toxicological effects of five different insecticides (Propoxur, Fenitrothion, D-Phenothrin, Malathion and Permethrin) separately and in combination with two surfactants (Triton X-100 and Tween-20) on Culex pipiens larvae....   [tags: Ecology]

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Green Spaces

- Title of research topic: Public access to green spaces in Riyadh city using GIS technique. Introduction Geography science is one of the most important sciences in the world which related to many elements include people, animals, plants, water, air and connections between all of these elements. As a result, GIS is one of the branches of geographic science. It is very important to know that GIS plays a valuable role in solve many issues which need to recover such as health care, transportation, demographic factors, natural disasters and forest fires as well....   [tags: Ecology]

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Stream Restoration

- Different physical structures may be used in stream restoration in order to provide channel stability and in order to provide habitat and other beneficial functions. Some of the typical structures that are used are revetments made of gabions or riprap and woody debris. Each type of structure has benefits and costs that should be considered before installation and some are more appropriate in certain situations than others. Gabion revetments are used to control stream bank erosion. Gabions are stone filled wire baskets that are placed along stream banks....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Paleoclimate Data

- Is the atmosphere of our planet warming consistently, and at a more rapid pace than ever before, and is it being caused by human consumption. This question is the basis for the dispute on Global warming. It is this century’s largest debate. There are scientists, politicians, and civilians on both sides of the debate. Scientists have determined that the Earth has cooled off and warmed up several times over its long history. I do not believe that a reasonable person would deny that there is the potential for the Earth to repeat this pattern at some point in the future....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Coastal Erosion

- Costal erosion, especially on barrier islands, is a major concern throughout the world. The issue represents a serious concern for many vulnerable coastlines throughout the coastal regions of the world. This issue must be studied for root causes so it can, if at all possible, be brought under some semblance of control before it is too late. The cost of ignoring this issue would be catastrophic to both communities on the beach and the marine life that depend on the coastal areas for their very survival....   [tags: Ecology ]

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Wetlands Crisis

- Wetlands are a critical component of our environment and are thought off as being among the most productive ecosystems in the world. Wetlands are defined as geographical areas where water covers or overly saturates the soil during the majority of growing seasons (CZM). They vary based on their appearances and locations which are greatly influenced by regional and soil divergence such as topography, climate, water chemistry, vegetation as well as human degradation (CZM). Wetlands are identified based on three major attributes: the constant availability of water (hydrology), the presence of specially adapted plants (hydrophytes) and the developmental condition of the soil (hydric) (CZM)....   [tags: Ecology ]

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To Dam, or Not To Dam

- To Dam, or Not To Dam “The River, slightly milky from glacial sediment, tumbles down rocky chutes, boils through tight canyons, and glides across beds of agatelike stones. In the distance, poking through storm clouds, are plunging slopes dense with virgin hemlock and fir…Intruding into this primeval scene are two decrepit dams” (Reisner, 382). In this essay by Marc Reisner, his standpoint on the issue of dams is very well seen. Reisner talks of the ecological damages that dams create. The debate over dams has been heated in recent years, their harmful effects and overall abundance is the topic for such debates....   [tags: Marc Reisner Ecology Environmental Essays]

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Earth and Spirituality

- Earth and Spirituality For many people, spirituality and ecology may be separate disciplines, spirituality being the realm of clergy and ecology the realm of scientists. But we are living in a time of both ecological and spiritual crisis, one in which we are loosing species at unprecedented rates and in which masses of people are desperately seeking some spiritual direction in life. It is possible that the only way to restore wholeness may be to rediscover the vital connection between the two crises: a spirituality centered in Creation....   [tags: Christianity Creation Ecology Papers]

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How Could Magnetically Levitated Trains Relieve the Problems of Efficiency, Safety, and Ecology Associated with the Conventional Trains and Airplanes?

- ... Also technology uses superconductors as a material for magnets. Such superconductors benefit in providing almost no resistance to electric current in cool temperatures. However, at the present time, there have been already constructed superconducting maglev that can work even in high temperatures, too (Wang et. al. 2003). Worldwide magnetically levitated transport practices refer to Japanese Linear Chuo Shinkansen Project MLX, German Transrapid, the Swissmetro, and the USA Inductrack Maglev System (Cassat and Jufer 2002)....   [tags: alternative energy souces, transportation]

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The Harmful effect of Pesticides and Insecticides in Silent Spring by Rachel Louise Carson

- The author who wrote the book Silent Spring is Rachel Louise Carson. She was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania on the 27th of May in 1907. A scientist, ecologist, and writer, Carson’s everlasting love for the living world and nature was bestowed to her by her mother. She later expressed these feelings as a writer as well as being a student of marine biology. In 1929, Carson graduated from the Pennsylvania College for Women, took courses at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and obtained her Master of Arts degree in zoology in 1932, from John Hopkins University....   [tags: Ecology, Environment]

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How Modern Technology Has Changed Medicine, Industry and the Environment

- "Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time." -Bill Gates. Modern Technology has had an impact on the medical field. The medical field benefited from technology. It has benefited from tools such as the scalps (which is used to open up the body) and medical equipment. Medical technology has grown to the point where viruses that affected us before have no affects to us today. One example would be the spanish virus that killed 1/8 of Europe's population....   [tags: computers, ecology]

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The Impact of Mining Waste Disposal on the Environment

- With an increasing global demand for metals, mining corporations have to scale up their mining operations in order to meet that demand at the expense of the environment. The enormous demand originates from mining’s essential role in society to produce various products designed to benefit the populace. These products range from small handheld devices that aid in everyday life or large machines that supported the foundation of society. However, mining leads to a variety of byproducts that affect the environment, for better or for worse....   [tags: pollution, ecology]

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Early Hominids and The Pleistocene and Holocene Eras

- Ever since the Pleistocene era, human societies have expanded rapidly, developing innovative ways to defend their territories and migrate across the land. Consisting of an aggregate of humans living together, these societies became more powerful as time progressed by consuming more meat (megafauna). Supporting this development, the more mammals that humans would eat, the more protein their bodies would absorb. When humans consume high amounts of protein, they develop stronger muscles, which leads to the stimulation of brain activity....   [tags: Human Ecology]

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Stop The Destruction of the Rainforest

- The Destruction of the Rainforest should be prohibited The destruction of the Rain Forest should be prohibited. Planet Earth is accelerating at an alarming rate; moving towards its own self-destruction. What we learned in high school taught us the importance of converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. Without this conversion process, life as we know it today could possibly cease to exist. The rainforest provides much needed oxygen for the planet. Numerous rainforests exist around the globe....   [tags: Ecology/Conservation]

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Pros and Cons of International Tourism

- INTRODUCTION Tourism is the fastest growing industry and the fastest growing of it is ecotourism. According to the world travel and tourism council, tourism is the world’s largest industry generating 12% of the global gross domestic product. It has been trying to determine tourism due to amorphous nature of the activity and because some business travelers and convection goers can join conferences and tourism class activities. Some scholars have tried to explain tourism although their interpretations are uncertain....   [tags: ecoturism and ecology]

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Three Mile Island Meltdown

- The Three Mile Island disaster occurred on March 28, 1979. The nuclear plant, in the small community of Middleton, PA, experienced a partial meltdown in the Unit 2 reactor. Many factors contributed to the meltdown. Human error, mechanical failure, and communication breakdowns all contributed, as well as, exacerbated the disaster. Over the course of approximately one week, many theories, projections, announcements and media speculation led to widespread public fear and mistrust. Many experts considered the disaster at Three Mile Island to be the worst disaster in privately owned nuclear energy history within the United States....   [tags: Ecology Nuclear]

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Enviromental Factors Affecting Birds

- Of the vertebrates, birds of the class Aves are the most noticeable, the most melodious and the most beautiful. Birds with more than nine thousand species far put number other vertebrate groups except fishes” . (Hickman P.C Jr , et.al pg 582). Birds are the only vertebrates that have feathers and forelimbs modified for flight although many species do not use their wing for flight. Birds can be found all over the world including Guyana. There are many factors affecting birds in Guyana. Deforestation is one of the factors affecting birds on Guyana....   [tags: ecology, enviroment]

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Green Architecture

- Green Architecture Green Architecture began with the first Earth Day in 1970, and has grown in popularity as awareness of the earth’s many ecological problems become more wide spread. Professor Rocky Brittain states "I’ve been teaching this subject for twenty years and have watched interest grow. Now I could say there is some element of sustainability taught in just about every architecture school in the country."(Talarico, 1998) Economic factors have also helped the green movement by causing changes in building materials, and technology....   [tags: Environmental Ecology Essays]

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Wetlands

- We chose to research about wetlands because they are very unique and special. Wetlands used to be extremely common during prehistoric times, but now there are only small areas left. Some plants and animals exist only in the wetland biomes, such as the star fruit and water vole. But, as the amount of wetlands decreased, many organisms became endangered and even extinct. We wanted to find out more about what the characteristics of wetlands and what is being done to help the environment. A wetland is an area where the ground is soaked or underwater for most of the year....   [tags: Ecology]

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Bioremediation

- INTRODUCTION Petroleum hydrocarbons from oil spills threaten marine life worldwide. Animals become coated in the oil and ingest the contaminants while trying to clean themselves. The toxic effects of petroleum often result in death for much of the surrounding life. Bioremediation offers an efficient solution for cleaning up oil spills. The pollutants are biologically degraded by complete mineralization of the organic contaminants, turning the toxic waste into harmless products such as carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds, and cell protein (Das & Chandran, 2010)....   [tags: Ecology ]

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