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The University and Environmental Preservation

- The University and Environmental Preservation Caring for the environment has traditionally been thought of as a responsibility of environmental organizations such as Greenpeace or the Sierra Club. Universities have never been thought of as the leaders of environmental preservation—until now. Since universities are looked upon with high regard, many people including President Baker of Cal Poly, feel that it is the responsibility of the university to set an example of how the environment is respected and conserved....   [tags: Environment Environmental Preservation]

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Aggressive Technological Advancement vs Environmental Preservation

- Technology, in twenty-first century, is not demanded for its definition, as most people in earth is familiar with its blessings in their lives, may it be few or many; as much is environment known as well, as human beings born and dwell under it their whole lives. And then comes human efficiency; this signifies the ability of mankind to work, design civilisation, overall, to survive with or without the presence of technological equipments and new scientific inventions. This paper is intended to research in depth to find out the compromises between these three key elements, namely – technology, environment and human life, to draw harmonious conclusions....   [tags: Technology, development, destruction]

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Environmental Protection And Preservation Of A Large Automobile Company

- ... As a matter of fact, monumental ice sheets in the Arctic, and the Antarctica have been decreasing over the years. Given their colossal sizes, there have been fears that they are likely to raise the ocean level and lead to flooding. Additionally, climatic changes such as the change in rainfall patterns have been observed particularly in the developed world. Decreasing rainfall and the harmful effects of acidic rain have contributed to vegetation changes that increase the likelihood of desertification....   [tags: Climate change, Climate, Global warming, Earth]

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Lake Tahoe and The Growing Importance for Environmental Preservation

- Lake Tahoe, an enormous expanse of clear, blue, fresh water surrounded by meadows and dense forests and rimmed by snow-capped peaks, is one of the world's great scenic and ecological wonders. Tahoe's water is world famous for its amazing clarity. Even today, one can see objects 70 feet below the surface, a clarity matched almost nowhere in the world. The Tahoe Basin had a slowly evolving and essentially balanced environment for thousands of years, with surrounding forests, meadows and marshlands helping to maintain the clarity and purity of the lake....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Environmental Impact of Human Exploration

- The Environmental Impact of Human Exploration Throughout history, there has continually been movement - of peoples and cultures, diseases, and technology. The movement of each type has affected the environment in different ways. The effect of the changing patterns of human movement on the environment is leading to further environmental degradation. The history of human movement has been one of a shift from a nomadic lifestyle to a more sedentary one with the agricultural revolution. With the agricultural revolution, people gradually abandoned the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, so they were no longer moving around, following the migration patterns of the animals that humans hunted and the seaso...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Our Attempts to Control the Natural World and the Environmental Crisis

- Our Attempts to Control the Natural World and the Environmental Crisis   As reports of ecological degradation increase around the world, human concern about environmental issues is also heightening. Scientists, philosophers and others have all begun the process of determining the causes of the environmental crisis and trying to sort out how to fix these problems. In this essay, I would like to examine two of the most widely expounded philosophies on the cause of environmental degradation in the Western hemisphere....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Consequences of Environmental Regulations

- Consequences of Environmental Regulations  Pollution can be defined many ways.  The dictionary defines the act of polluting as:  “to make unhealthily impure.”  But what exactly does the word “unhealthy” imply?  Take, for example, a paper mill.  Trees are cut down to make paper.  In the act of making paper, the mill dumps byproducts into the water of a nearby lake; and spews smoke into the air.  The act of cutting down trees is unhealthy to the animals that use the forest as their habitat.  Dumping various toxins into the lake makes the lake unhealthy for swimming.  Smoke in the air causes local residents to cough.  These are some of the unhealthy effects of making paper.  However, conside...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Pre-Agricultural Human Environmental Impact

- Pre-Agricultural Human Environmental Impact In the two million years it is believed that humans have populated the Earth, they have displayed the remarkable ability to adapt to any environment. Archaeological evidence has proven that the earliest humans were able to occupy and control every terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. Human impact on the environment has increased progressively through time from the earliest hominid hunters to modern city-dwellers. A fundamental expression of early humanities ability to control the environment occurred during the birth of agriculture....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Controlling Environmental Damage Caused by Development and Human Expansion

- Controlling Environmental Damage Caused by Development and Human Expansion Progress. Progress is something that can not be stopped. Many attempts have been made to limit the amount of human progress and expansion, though development has been halted. The human spirit and instinctive tendency to create and achieve more than those who have come before has created mass environmental damage and destruction along the way. I propose that stricter laws and regulations be created that will reward those who plan and develop environmentally-conscious communities and penalties be imposed to those who choose to damage the earth we live on....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Environmental Impact of Off-Shore Oil Exploration and Production

- Introduction The extraction of oil onshore has been ongoing for several decades. Offshore oil extraction is a process that began decades after onshore exploration had begun. For many years, scientists and the oil companies were certain that the exploration and production of petroleum from deep-water formations would not incur any sort of environmental damages. Several decades later, scientists learned new information from monitoring programs and research studies that offshore drilling did cause effects on the health of benthic organisms and other marine fauna in the proximity of offshore platform rigs....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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It’s Time to Organize an International Environmental Protection Agency

- It’s Time to Organize an International Environmental Protection Agency After more than two centuries of destroying the Earth, we have finally come to the point where doing anymore harm will destroy not only our planet but also ourselves. The year is 2100. With average worldwide temperatures rising by six degrees Fahrenheit (EPA qtd Washington Post 1) numerous environmental problems have resulted. With the temperature rise Arctic and Antarctic ice caps began to melt, the resulting sea level rise wiped out numerous coastal cities....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Combining Environmental Groups in Order to Preserve Wildlife

- Combining Environmental Groups in Order to Preserve Wildlife Environmental issues have been a problem all over the world.  Some species are constantly being declared endangered and on the verge of extinction.  A group of concerned people join together to raise funds in order to improve the habitat or produce more of  the endangered species.  These organizations have proved to be successful.  Many have even removed plants and animals from the long list of endangered species.  A problem that persists within the environment groups is the use of funding.  The organizations bring in a great deal of money from contributors, but all of the donations are not going toward the groups certain goal to...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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We Need Tough Laws to Protect the Environment

- With Adam Smith and Milton Friedman among its illustrious fathers, the theory of the free market is a widely accepted and respected one today in America. It advocates the concept of a market as a self-regulating entity. By the working of natural principles such as free competition, consumer sovereignty, and maximization of the individuals' self-interest, the market is able to decide the allocation, utilization, and distribution of resources most fairly and efficiently. This characteristic of the market, known as the "Invisible Hand", is constantly hailed as one of the most imperative mechanisms of a capitalistic economy....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Effects of Rising Sea Levels on the United States Coast of the Gulf of Mexico

- 1. Introduction As it stands today the U.S. coast of the Gulf of Mexico is losing more and more land; the amount of land lost each year may seem relatively small to the average person, but to scientists who understand the unprecedented rate at which this is happening, there is reason to be alarmed. On the U.S. coast of the Gulf of Mexico there are more reasons for the rising sea level than simply global warming and melting ice sheets or ice caps. In the Mississippi delta, for example, the oil industry is taking so much fluid (oil) out of the ground that the land is sinking and compacting further....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Pollution Essay: Silent Spring, How Rachel Carson Changed the World

- Silent Spring - How Rachel Carson Changed the World On September 27, 1962 Rachel Carson released her sixth book, Silent Spring. On publication day, the advance sales of Silent Spring totaled 40,000 copies and another 150 copies were sent to the Book of the Month Club (Frontline: Fooling With Nature, 1998). Silent Spring remained on the bestseller list for almost a year. The world was beginning to take notice. Countless experts and organizations have proclaimed Rachel Carsonâs book the starting point of the environmental movement....   [tags: Environment Environmental Preservation]

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Pollution Essay: Responsibility of a Biological Superpower

- Responsibility of a Biological Superpower Humanity has always been on a philosophical quest of self-exploration; we seek to define our place in the universe distinct from and yet intricately tied with the nature which bore us. Our relationship with nature, whether we are a gifted child, a final product, or an unrelated superpower, will guide our actions towards nature in all our environmental and psychological pursuits. With unprecedented free reign over other forms of life, the consequences of our actions are vitally significant to more than our own existence....   [tags: Environment Environmental Preservation]

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Environment Essay: America Needs Responsible Logging

-      I walk along the narrow logging road, scuffing my feet in the four inch dust. I am delighted to see my dad's big, green skidder, a machine used to drag logs from the woods to the road, up ahead, hopping over stump after stump. I scan the small, freshly-cut patch of aspen trees, lying in the luscious bed of fallen leaves. In his skidder, my dad carefully backs up to the butts of the trees and grabs them up in one skillful sweep of the giant grapple. The huge machine gently speeds to a constant yet jolting pace, dragging the neat bundle of trees behind it....   [tags: Environment Environmental Preservation]

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Environment Essay: The Devastation of Deforestation

- Chlorophyll enriched buds sprouted up from the fallen branches. The massive roots extended great distances from the trunk. The aged monster towered some three hundred feet into sky Many of its kind came before. The first may have originated some 130 million years ago. (7, pg.37) It stood when dinosaurs roamed and reptiles flew. Its vastness was nearly enough to cover the globe. These Species could be found from France and England in Europe. In Japan, America, Canada, and central Asia it thrived....   [tags: Environmental Preservation Essay]

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Pollution and Environment Essay - Overpopulation and Personal Responsibility

- Overpopulation and Personal Responsibility Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of having a large family when I was older. I envied friends with three or four siblings. I’d proudly tell anyone I was going to have six children when I grew up. Now, I’m a little older, and still far away from making that decision, my conscious will still face a looming dilemma. With my knowledge negative impacts caused by overpopulation, how can I deliberately have a large family, while upholding my environmentalist values....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Hunting and Wildlife Conservation

- Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Author Gloria Cooksey states, “Preserving habitat is an important key to species survival. Some endangered species do not need much help from human beings—if the threat is removed, they can recover on their own. Sometimes they simply need to be left alone” (11). This statement supports the idea that nature can take care of itself when laws and rules are put in place to protect wildlife. Without conservationists to enforce these laws, animals and their habitats would be at risk of being taken advantage of....   [tags: habitat preservation, environmental issues]

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The Natural Environment and the Human Condition

- To consider the human condition apart from the natural environment is both foolish and inconceivable. It is in unity with a modern mode of thought that humans are raised to think that they are in some way separated from their natural environment. In developed society the weather has become nothing more than something to discuss with the person standing next to you in the checkout line. Population refers to how many people will be at the movies this weekend. Agriculture is what shows up in the produce section of the grocery store and fire is something you can find on You_Tube and watch on your television screen....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Hunting is Necessary

- In American culture hunting has always been a way of life. The Indians and our forefathers hunted to survive. Now in the nineties it is not viewed as a way of life, but as a thirst for blood. Is it necessary, or as stated before, a thirst for blood. What most people don't know is that without it, the ever increasing population of deer and other animals could be environmentally devastating. People should realize that without hunting, animal populations are in danger. Hunting is beneficial to sustaining animal populations and controlling the problems that overpopulation create....   [tags: Environmental Preservation Essay]

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Packaging Technology in Fitzhugh’s The Organ Grinders

- Packaging Technology in Fitzhugh’s The Organ Grinders Once upon a time, people had to go to a public market and buy fresh food everyday. If the food wasn’t used that day or the next, it would spoil and would be wasted. Today, with the help of packaging, food can be stored for weeks, months and sometimes even years before it has to be used. Because of packaging, food is cleaner and can be kept longer, many things can be purchased more conveniently, and life as a whole is easier. Like nearly everything else ever invented, packaging and disposable goods are not without their negative aspects as well....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Benefits of Environmentally Responsible Residential Housing

- The Benefits of Environmentally Responsible Residential Housing   Beginning in the 1960s, our society has become increasingly aware of mankind’s negative impact on the earth. We have heard more about topics such as pollution, water contamination, Acid Rain, and Global Warming. All of these environmental concerns have displayed a need for more environmentally sensitive development. Environmentally responsible residential development is defined by Brewster as, "the production of building and communities that conserve resources and reduce waste through more efficient use of materials, energy, and water; that are more durable and useful; and that are designed for adaptive use or the recycling o...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Increasing Danger of Industrialization on the Environment

- The Increasing Danger of Industrialization on the Environment The negative effect of industrialization on the environment has been known for years. The danger associated with lead, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and other toxic materials was discovered and several measures have been taken to stop the damage done to the environment by these agents. It will not be far fetched to blame industrialization as the main cause for the situation we humans find ourselves in today. The developed nations, being the main promoters, sponsors, and profiting bodies of industrialization, were the prominent victims....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Overpopulation, Industrialization, and the Degradation of the Environment

- Overpopulation, Industrialization, and the Degradation of the Environment The overall growth of the human population in the last 2000 years has been a J-shaped growth. This can also be expressed as an exponential growth. A big question that can only be answered in time is how this population growth will slow down or stop. The planet can only handle so many humans before the effects of overpopulation send the environment into an unrecoverable tailspin of degradation. So the question is will the overall maximum human population be reached in a gradual manner with a trend resulting in an S-shaped population growth, or do we as humans need to experience some kind of catastrophic event that wi...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Economic Impact of Population and Technology on the Environment

- Economic Impact of Population and Technology on the Environment Ask any economist what two things have changed in the past three or so million years since humans first began appearing in demographically significant numbers and he will tell you with unwavering confidence: population and technology. And that economist would be right. These two factors are the root cause of every change in the standard of living we have experienced since the dawn of humanity. Any anthro-ecologist posed with the same question and will offer up little more than a puzzled look....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Pollution and Environment Essay - Preserving Our Environment

- Preserving Our Environment Many people assume that the environment is in no danger.  They believe that with advancing technology, we don't need to worry about renewing natural resources, recycling, and finding new ways to produce energy. They argue that one person in the world does not make a large difference. In actuality, each individual's contribution greatly affects our environment.  Our natural resources are running low, and we must work together to save them and the Earth from ruin.           Recycling is so important in the effort to preserve our environment for future generations.  We are running out of places to put landfills.  My neighbor, Nick, believes that the U.S....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Culture and the Environment on Easter Island and Tikopia

- In his book Human Natures: Genes, Culture and the Human Prospect , Paul Ehrlich argues that the cultural practices of a given society develop largely as a result of the large-scale environmental factors of the area in which the society lives. He gives the striking example that all religions that developed in deserts are monotheistic, whereas those that began in rainforests are polytheistic (Ehrlich, pp 9 of handout, 2000). Ehrlich argues that the size and geography of a region, its climate, the availability of resources - the "macroevolutionary" forces - will have an enormous effects on the cultures that develop there....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Effects of Overpopulation and Industrialization on the Environment

- Effects of Overpopulation and Industrialization on the Environment Throughout history, the world’s population has expanded in an extremely exponential fashion-- taking over three million years to achieve a one billion person benchmark, it then only took 130, 30, 15, 12, and 11 years to reach subsequent billions, respectively. (Southwick, 159) Such a massive and still increasing population, combined with the environmentally detrimental repercussions of industrialization (as a result of the need to sustain such a large population), namely pollution from fossil fuels, has begun to take a serious toll on our planet’s ecosystem....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Relationship Between Early Humans and Their Environment

- The Relationship Between Early Humans and Their Environment In television shows and textbooks, early humans are often presented as being an isolated force within their environments - that is, that they evolved with relatively little influence from their environment. This view often stresses the advances of human beings and their exploitation of the environment as a function of their anatomical development, particularly brain capacity. However, it fails to address the fact that human beings were not as we know ourselves to be today; that we were simply another large carnivore interacting with many different types of animals and environmental conditions, who happened to evolve into a social...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Proposing Taxation of Products to Preserve Wildlife and the Environment

- Proposing Taxation of Products to Preserve Wildlife and the Environment “Only after the last tree has been cut down,    Only after the last river has been poisoned,    Only after the last fish has been caught,               Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.”                ---The Cree People   Wildlife is declining more rapidly each day with innumerable species already on the endangered species list and hundreds more waiting to be put on. Although great efforts are being made by organizations and individuals to save these endangered animals there are still many things needed to be done....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Impact of Globalization on the Environment

- Mobility has allowed human civilizations throughout history to reap the benefits of unrestricted, intercontinental trade, but there are environmental costs as a result which are not immediately apparent. There is no doubt that trade between nations has depleted natural resources, but the question as to whether current trade policies augment or temper environmental degradation is currently under contention. One view is that environmental regulations will create "pollution havens" in countries where there are less stringent regulations, simply relocating environmental damage to a country where the environment is worth less....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Interaction of Human Culture and the Environment

- Interaction of Human Culture and the Environment In the mid 1970's and early 1980's, the field of clinical psychology underwent a revolution with the emergence of family therapy. Therapists initially understood disorders as being the result of a linear chain of causality. For instance, one theory of schizophrenia held that the disorder resulted from exposure to a certain pattern of behavior on the part of the patient's mother. Mothers of schizophrenics were often found to be particularly cold, unresponsive, dominant, and conflict-inducing towards their children....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Relationship between Cultural Change and the Environment

- Relationship between Cultural Change and the Environment The association between culture and human technologies is central to the issue of today’s worldwide environmental degradation. This relationship is often viewed as quite simple: as a culture develops, needs arise and are met by new technologies. The culture is then transformed by the effects the technologies have on the people’s way of life. It seems logical that new technology would only be developed as a result of incentive or passion inspired by the needs of a culture....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Impact of European Expansion on the Environment

- Impact of European Expansion on the Environment Technology has facilitated the transportation of a mass of people from one part of the world to another. This massive human travel, either it be the exploration, colonization, or trade of the early European nations or the contemporary infrastructure of trade, tourism, or globalization, has impacted the environment and the humans involved. This paper focuses on the era of European expansion to examine the effect of human travel on the environment and humans....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Environment Essay: Let's Make the World a Better Place to Live

- I have always wondered why so many Americans seem disinterested in global inequalities and environmental issues. I do not believe that we are a selfish people without concern for the world's poor or the well being of future generations. So the question is, why aren't more of us environmentalists. In light of this question, I suggest we think about our privileged position in the world. And rather than feeling guilty or self-satisfied about it, we should decide to be energized by our relative fortune....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Environment Essay: Off-Road Vehicles on Public Lands

- Public land.  "Public," meaning everyone owns it.  Every United States citizen has a right to recreate on the lands preserved for us.  So, what does that mean?  There are a lot of us, and we all have different ideas of what's fun to do outside.  How do we decide which activities can be allowed without someone getting their toes stepped on?  If the land belongs to all of us, and we have a responsibility to preserve it for generations to come, then how should we manage it.             Off-highway vehicles (OHV), which include snowmobiles, four-wheelers and dirt bikes, are the mode of choice for millions of Americans who want to experience the outdoors.  They're blamed for irreparable damage to...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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A Modest Proposal Concerning the Environment

- A Modest Proposal Concerning the Environment * Based on Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” (1729). It is a melancholy object to those who travel through this great country to see isolated corners of this fair realm still devoted to protecting the environment. The wretched advocators of these ideals are frequently seen doling out petitions and begging at their neighbours’ doors to feed their obsession, which keeps them in the contemptible poverty that they so richly deserve. I think it is agreed by all parties that it is an eyesore to see these people blockading the roads to prime tree-cutting land and bombarding our most respectable government with impractical proposals....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Population Growth, Industrialization, and the Environment

- Population Growth, Industrialization, and the Environment Human population growth was relatively slow for most of human history. Within the past 500 years, however, the advances made in the industrial, transportation, economic, medical, and agricultural revolutions have helped foster an exponential, "J-shaped" rise in human population (Southwick, Figure 15.1, p. 160). The statistics associated with this type of growth are particularly striking: "Human beings took more than 3 million years to reach a population of 1 billion people...The second billion came in only 130 years, the third billion in 30 years, the fourth billion in 15 years, the fifth billion in 12 years..." (Southwick, p....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Industrialization, Economics, and the Environment

- Industrialization, Economics, and the Environment Human technological advancements make it possible to sustain larger and larger population by exploiting more and more natural resources. The three revolutions in human history, agricultural, industrial and green have all been answers to overpopulation. Naturally, industrialization leads to environmental degradation. The concern with Industrialization is that it is not a long term solution to human sustainability, since it operates under the premise of the tech fix, or the idea that humans will be able to invent new technologies to ensure their own survival....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Early Humans and the Environment

- Early Humans and the Environment Early humans were quite different from modern humans. Modern humans have many technologies and advances that we take for granted. In my lifetime (1982 - present) I have seen the five and a half inch floppy yield to the dvd, cloning of sheep and other advances in the fields of math, science, and engineering. Humans and Pre-Humans have always been developing, either intentionally or unintentionally, technologies that were either necessary for the continuation of life, or for the improved quality of life, thus changing the environment....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Human Impact on the Environment

- "It ever was, and is, and ever shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled, and in measures going out" -Heraclites Without Man, the flow of energy across the earth is organic and uninterrupted. The Sun warms the plants, the plants grow, animals eat the plants, animals eat the animals, and the animals die and melt back into the ground. The sun warms that ground again and the next generation begins. Although 10% of the sun's original energy is expended with every transaction between organisms, enough energy is conserved to feed the secondary consumers....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Early Humans and their Environment

- Early Humans and their Environment Humans have been present on this Earth for nearly 3.5 million years when “Homo erectus” first evolved with an upright posture enabling the use of hands (Ponting). “Homo erectus” evolved into “Homo sapiens” one hundred thousand years ago and both lineages lived in small, mobile groups. For nearly two million years, their way of life was based around hunting and gathering food until ten to twelve thousand years ago when agriculture evolved. Early humans depended upon their knowledge of crops and seasons in order for survival....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Are Leave No Trace Principles Effective?

- Are Leave No Trace Principles Effective. Leave No Trace is philosophy of seven concepts that help minimize human recreational impact on wild lands. As wilderness recreation has become more popular, and the National Wilderness Preservation System has increased its wilderness lands from 9.1 million acres in 54 wildernesses in 1964 to 104 million acres in 628 wildernesses in 19991, the need for guidelines to help reduce degradation of these lands has become increasingly important. In 1979 Jim Bradley wrote about the need for an educational approach for managing recreation impacts instead of regulations that antagonize the public rather than win their support2....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Relation of Early Humans to Their Environment

- The Relation of Early Humans to Their Environment The relationship early humans had to the environment that surrounded them is one that is shrouded in debate. As Thomas Hobbes said, and as every subsequent anthropological writer has quoted, life for early man was supposedly "nasty, brutish and short". Were hunter/gatherers lives before the development of agriculture ruled by the Darwinian whims of the environment that surrounded them, or were they able to raise above the toil of everyday survival to better control their own fates....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Easter Island and the Environment: A Warning to the World

- Easter Island and the Environment: A Warning to the World The progression of human development has come with its costs. The environment provides an array of resources available for use or appreciation. However, changing elements of this structure such as by removing trees can bring about unintended consequences. These alterations also can cause problems that cannot be fixed by the human population and as a result the population must cope with the loss if possible. The case study here shows how a remote system can be overwhelmed and be unable to support its inhabitants where it once was able to do so....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Technology, Population, and the Impact of Ancient Humans on the Environment

- Technology, Population, and the Impact of Ancient Humans on the Environment In recent years, humans have become increasingly concerned with their effect on the planet and its ecosystems. In the popular view, these problems are new and unprecedented in human history. While it is probably true that our impact on the environment on a global scale has never been as great, the difference is simply the scale on which our actions are being taken. Situations that previously were local or regional in scope have now become global, owing to the increasingly sophisticated technologies that we have developed and our ever-increasing population....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Did Our Ancestors Live in Harmony with the Environment?

- Did Our Ancestors Live in Harmony with the Environment. It appears that humans are entering a stage in their collective lives in which we are beginning to see that we can quite easily alter our environments very drastically. Some are still divided about how they feel about this, feeling that things cannot possibly be as bad as the many doomsday-scenarios painted by both scientific and religious authorities. And there are others who are extremely worried about our collective affect on the environment, and fear that it may already be too late for humans, and the world will soon change sufficiently enough to make continued human survival on this planet very difficult....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Primitive Man's Relationship with Fire and the Environment

- Primitive Man's Relationship with Fire and the Environment Common knowledge holds it that primitive man was a being barely more developed than the ape, existing without culture, innovation, or technological prowess. This belief focuses especially on homo erectus, an ancestor of man who lived from about 2 million to roughly 200,000 years ago. It is commonly believed that h. erectus was a creature existing in technological stasis, without the ability to advance his existence through innovation, and void of culture....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Electrical Vehicles and Benefits to the Environment

- Electrical Vehicles and Benefits to the Environment    There is a serious problem facing the world right now.  It is air pollution.  The number one contributor to this epidemic is automobile emissions.  We have all heard of the issues that are involved with air pollution including the depletion of the o-zone layer, the green house effect, and acid rain.  The problem has been scoped from every imaginable angle, and now it is time to solve the problem.  I propose that each of the ‘Big Three’ (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler) car manufacturers be required to have 10% of their product line as EV’s By the year 2010.  I propose this because it will be the start of cleaner air, EV advancement,...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Controversial Relationship between Early Humans and their Environment

- The Controversial Relationship between Early Humans and their Environment In the very beginning of human history, there was no clear separation between man and nature. Early humans’ way of living was in unison with their environment and it is likely that it was pleasurable as well. Humans supported themselves by hunting and gathering and due to their small population size and density, they were able to sustain themselves without too much effort. Thomas Hobbes claims that the life of early humans was “nasty, brutish and short”, but modern theories reject such viewpoint (Ponting, p.19)....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Relationship Between Humans and the Environment

- The Relationship Between Humans and the Environment Nearly everything that a human does is in response to the environment. Our lives are defined by what is around us and what we find in front of us, whether this means accepting, dealing with or changing it. This has been the pattern since primates first stood up and became Homo erectus, and has continued until we considered ourselves doubly wise. The shape of the land affected where humans moved. Weather was something with which to contend. Fire affected humans until they conquered it – and herein lies the core of the relationship....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Downside to Land Use and Urban Development

- The Downside to Land Use and Urban Development   Excessive land use and urban development are a problem, because it causes pollution and it robs animals of their homes.  When man extends his boundaries into nature, nature has no choice but to go somewhere else.  Expansion and population are the cause of this environmental problem.  I propose to set a standard for land development for every city.  In that I also propose that each city should impose a set number of persons to live in that city.  Each city must impose stricter guidelines for waste management.  Finally I propose that the city set limits for development, and expansion....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Devastating Effects of Synthetic Pesticides in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

- Devastating Effects of Synthetic Pesticides in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring Rachel Carson was a biologist, ecologist, and a writer. She was an advocate for environmental awareness and published a book to help the populous understand the effects of harmful substances like DDT. Her book, Silent Spring, explained to the public the dangers of synthetic chemicals to the environment and to the human race. She advocated that humanity should learn to coexist with the environment, not always trying to dominate it....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Pollution and Environment Essay - Modest Proposal for Methanol and Ethanol Power

- A Modest Proposal for Methanol and Ethanol Powered Cars        "We need more stringent regulations on car emissions... Let's add MTBE to the fuel- that will reduce pollution... If people would just stop driving so much, pollution wouldn't be so bad..." People have long recognized the problems with the gasoline we used now.  We have tried everything from putting regulations on emissions, to putting additives in the gasoline (only to discover later that MTBE got into the groundwater), to campaigns to get people off the road.  However, more and more cars are on the roads as the population increases, and people are not going to stop driving.  Additives are as likely to cause problems as they...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The United Nations Earth Charter: A Threat to Christianity

- The United Nations held an "Earth Summit" in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. The result of this international conference was a program labeled "Agenda 21." Agenda 21 is the blueprint for a "sustainable earth." The plan is to sustain the environment and the economy of the earth in the twenty-first century via international treaties, protocols and standards. Critics, however, view Agenda 21 (and its subsidiary initiatives, such as the Earth Charter) as a blueprint for global government. In September 2002, the United Nations will assemble national leaders and delegates, various experts and sundry Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Johannesburg South Africa for the World Summit for Sustainable Dev...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Solutions to the Air Pollution Problem in America

- Solutions to the Air Pollution Problem in America          It is steadily becoming harder to breathe these days. Every major city in the world is experiencing the ill effects of air pollution. The level of toxic air pollutants, known as toxics, has been on the rise globally, though not nationally, since the Clean Air Act of 1990, according to Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards [OAQPS], an office within the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]. However, though more regions -- i.e., cities, metropolitan areas, rural areas, etc....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Overpopulation and the Environment: We Must Act Now

- Overpopulation and the Environment: We Must Act Now Is the planet doomed. The short answer is no, we're not doomed, since the verb implies inevitability. (1) Population is not growing everywhere, and the areas where growth rates are near zero or even negative (such as the United States and Western Europe) provide clues to addressing the problem in other regions. The longer answer to the doom question is that growing population is a problem that left unsolved could indeed have very harmful effects, both on the environment and our current life styles....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Environment Essay: Old Growth Forests in Western Australian

- How does one rationalize reducing majestic, centuries old, life-giving trees to piles of woodchips, sawdust, timber or waste. Examine where these products end up and you will realize that the plight of Western Australian (WA) old growth forests is more than just a local issue. The message from conservationists is loud and clear - "Stop logging and save our trees". This is the notion at the heart of what has become a bitter, bureaucratic argument in Australia, centered around the Government's recently signed Regional Forest Agreement (RFA)....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Pollution and Environment Essay - We Must Act Now to Solve the Problem of Overpopulation

- We Must Act Now to Solve the Problem of Overpopulation        In 1804 for the first time in the history of humanity more than one billion people were living on Earth. Then in 1927, 123 years later, the Earth's population surpassed two billion. Another billion was added by 1960, another in 1974, and another-bringing the total to over five billion-in 1987. Estimates are that the Earth's population will surpass six billion in 1999 and reach nine billion people in the year 2054-250 years after first reaching one billion.[1] Traditionally the historically slow increase in population has been attributed to limits on agriculture....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Environment Essay: We Must Live More Efficently and Sustainably

- Humans: We’re on the Road to Nowhere In his NPR interview, Mr. Ehrlich eloquently explains that we as humans have “genetic hangovers”: patterns of behavior which are no longer useful, and are sometimes harmful to us, yet are so genetically ingrained that we have trouble changing them. He cites our overt consumption of sugar and fats as an example. We used to value sugars and fats in our diets, because they used to be rare, now that they can be found in abundance, mostly due to our economical and technological advantages, we still value them, but needlessly....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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A Response to Martin Krieger's What's Wrong with Plastic Trees

- A Response to Martin Krieger's What's Wrong with Plastic Trees     "Technologies, which may involve physical processes or social organization and processes, determine how reproducible an object is, for we may make a copy of the original, or we may transfer to another object the significance attached to the original. (Copying natural environments may be easier than copying artistic objects because the qualities of replicas and forgeries are not as well characterized in the case of the natural environment.) Insofar as we are incapable of doing either of these, we may desire to preserve the original environment." (220:A:2)   This excerpt provides a good idea of the types of issues Martin Kriege...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Impact of Warfare, Religion, and Social Stratification on City-Building

- Impact of Warfare, Religion, and Social Stratification on City-Building In both ancient and contemporary human societies, one can witness the cultural creations of warfare, religion, and social stratification interacting to help form and perpetuate the existence of each other. In addition, these cultural factors have lent themselves to help produce, regulate, and justify specific technologies. These technologies may be either destructive or beneficial to human societies economically and/or environmentally, and can have a very wide range of function....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Cleaning up Bodies of Water with the Rio Salado Project

- As I looked out the window of the restaurant, I could see the sun bouncing off the sparkling water below. Boats and other water craft scatter the water as well as people on water-skis and inner tubes. The picturesque view makes life seem so much better and just looking at the river makes a person calmer. The scene just described is the view from the window of a restaurant called Sophia in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the corresponding river is the mighty Mississippi. Although Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, this scene could be found right here in the valley of Phoenix....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Impact of the American Lifestyle on the Planet

- The Impact of the American Lifestyle on the Planet Haven’t you heard this BIG news. Maybe you haven’t, perhaps distracted by recent headlines surrounding the war or Santa Claus. Well, only last week more definitive evidence came forth which demonstrates that bigfoot does exist. It is we. Yes, those of us in the United States, on average, have the biggest feet on the planet. Surprised. I am not writing here about shoe size—the literal interpretation—but rather the individual impact that our lifestyles have on the planet....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Climate Change and The Rise in Sea Level

- "On a recent afternoon, Scott McKenzie watched torrential rains and a murky tide swallow the street outside his dog-grooming salon. Within minutes, much of this stretch of chic South Beach was flooded ankle-deep in a fetid mix of rain and sea. “Welcome to the new Venice,” McKenzie joked as salt water surged from the sewers." ----- Michael J. Mishak, Associated Press June 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM EDT According to the World Bank Development Report 2013 there has been an increase in global surface temperature of 0.4 to 0.9 Celsius (C) in the past 100 years....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Positive Feedback Loops in Early Human Development

- Positive Feedback Loops in Early Human Development There is no doubt that technology facilitated human development throughout history. However, what has been left largely untouched among the authors of the texts for this course is why technology has had such a tremendous effect on the evolution of the human species and its relationship with its environment. This essay will attempt to show that the effects of technology were subject to a multiplier effect inherent in positive feedback loops. In other words, every historical technological innovation gave way to a change in human behavior and physical capabilities, which, in turn, allowed for further technological innovation....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Negative Effects of Fossil Fuel Usage

- The Negative Effects of Fossil Fuel Usage      The health of the environment is our livelihood.  When the environment is not in good health it could lead to health problems on a personal level.  One of the major environmental problems is air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels.  Levels of carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuels into the atmosphere in 1991 was an estimated “5.6 billion tons per year” (Tesar, 28).  If we keep running down the path we are on using fossil fuels like no tomorrow there is some worry among scientists, “Some scientists estimate that the number will jump to as much as 30 billion tons per year within the next few decades” (28)....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Impact of Travel on the Evironment

- The Impact of Travel on the Evironment Human history has been defined by movement and expansion, as humans slowly moved throughout the globe. Even after humans had populated the entire world, humans continued to travel for many reasons: war, trade, adventure, and religion. It would seem that the human species is filled with inveterate travelers. Throughout history, those nations and civilizations that had the best modes of transportation seemed to have a real competitive advantage. The “northern barbarians” who savaged and conquered much of Europe in its early history, the Greeks, the Romans, and eventually all of Europe in the age of Exploration dominated because they had superior transpo...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Negative Effects of Automobile Emissions Pollution

- The Negative Effects of Automobile Emissions Pollution Charles Dickens wrote about the dirty conditions of London, England by saying, "Smoke lowering down from chimney pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snowflakes – gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun . . . Fog everywhere . . . fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city" (Qtd. Langone 28)....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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In Praise of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel

- In Praise of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond's bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel (GG&S) is an attempt to explain why some parts of the world are currently powerful and prosperous while others are poor. Diamond is both a physiologist and a linguist who spends a good deal of his time living with hunter gathers in Papua New Guinea. As a researcher and as a human being, he is convinced that all people have the same potential. Hunter gatherers are just as intelligent, resourceful, and diligent as anybody else....   [tags: Wealth Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Impact of Industrialization on the Environment

- Impact of Industrialization on the Environment During the past several hundred years, humans have begun to industrialize rapidly. Tons of new technologies with all sorts of capabilities have sprung up. In many cases, these added capabilities have been used to manipulate natural things for human benefit, often at the expense of other things. On the other hand, technological advancement has required that humans come to a better understanding of the world, bringing with it a greater potential to do good, to manipulate things for the benefit of the planet....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Environment Essay: Say No To Species Reintroduction

- Debating Species Reintroduction Species reintroduction has become a hotly debated topic, especially in the states experiencing actual reintroduction efforts. The reintroduction of the lynx into Colorado appeals to many who would like to return the area to it's pristine, pre-developed state. However, the actual costs, both financial and emotional, make this program impractical and illogical. In 1979, researchers decided to investigate the number of lynx still remaining in Colorado (Lynx release)....   [tags: Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Overpopulation and the Environment

- Overpopulation and the Environment The current world's population is approximately six billion people, and the amount of time that it takes for the population to increase by another billion is decreasing with each billion. According to the World Population Data sheet, there will be about eight billion people by the year 2020, and this is due to its continuation of growth (Southwick 159). A clear understanding of the causes and what might possibly happen is the first step to dealing with the population crisis....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Population Growth and Standard of Living

- Population Growth and Standard of Living Recently, the human population on this planet surpassed an amazing milestone. In the year 2000 it hit 6 billion, and without a sign of slowing down, continue to increase at an unprecedented pace. After taking nearly 3 million years to reach our first 1 billion, it has taken us only 11 years to raise our population the most recent billion (from 5 to 6). This rate of growth can be graphically interpreted as a J-shape pattern. If the past is any indication of the future, this means that while our rate of growth is high right now (a net increase of almost 87 million annually), it will continue increase to no end....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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A Plan for Reducing Water Pollution

-    "Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children."    Kenyan proverb.  Solutions are like people, each one is complex as well as different.  Most every part time environmentalist can have a solution to any environmental problem that ails this planet.  That is not to say that they are always right.  Conversely, they are not always wrong either.  Having the solution is the first part, making the solution a reality is the second.  Water pollution is a problem that most everyone would agree does exist.  The toxic substances in the water can kill the plant life, animal life, and in some cases, the human life.  In Teluk Mengkuang, Sijangkang...   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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The Columbia River Must be Restored

- A problem is arising in the Northwest region of our country.  The Columbia River is being abused by human expansion, which is resulting in the depletion of the variety of species found in the region, the number of each species, and the quality of life in the riparian habitat. A river is a living thing, flowing through time as well as space.  A river has a personality that reflects past circumstance as well as condition.  The Columbia, though now shackled in concrete traces, a wild creature turned workhorse, still has an aura of power and controversy.  It has been abused for long enough.  It is time to let the river flow....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Early Humans and the Environment

- Early Humans and the Environment Approximately 3.5 million years ago our ancestors first learned to walk upright. They were “homo erectus”, and with this innovation of walking upright they began to appreciated some things that we take for granted today like having our hands free, and increased mobility. As humans progressed along their history they earned the distinction of “homo sapiens”. This title was conferred as the brain casing increased in size indicating the developmental process of human thought....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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Contraceptives and the Population Problem

- Contraceptives and the Population Problem The question of overpopulation's impact on the environment is multi-dimensional and far beyond the scope of a single essay. The issue has to do with considering the environment a normal good while at the same time understanding the impact of industrialization on increased pollution levels. Relationships between industrialization, overpopulation, global pollution, regional pollution, resource depletion, and numerous other environmental and social concerns form a multi-dimensional series of feedback loops, all of which feed back on the original system....   [tags: Environment Environmental Pollution Preservation]

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