Ecological Impact Essays

  • The Ecological Impact of Native Americans in Eastern North America

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    The Ecological Impact of Native Americans in Eastern North America Shetler, in the book Seeds of Change: Five Hundred Years Since Columbus, supports the myth that the new world was an unspoiled paradise by stating that " Native people were transparent in the landscape, living as natural elements of the ecosphere. Their world…was a world of barely perceptible human disturbances"(Shetler 1991). Sale contends that the Indians had a benign effect and refering to them as the "Ecological Indian".(Sale

  • Devastation of New World Ecosystems During the Age of Discovery

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    they previously had been unknown (Crosby, 66). Also, many Europeans made large profits from cultivating native plants such as tobacco, cocoa, paprika, American cotton, and sassafras (Crosby, 66). Despite these successes with native plants, true ecological effects of European expansion on the New World during the age of discovery is not revealed unless focus is placed on the large numbers of non native plants that were introduced by European explorers and settlers. The subsequent introduction of European

  • Negotiation Case Study

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    environmental league negotiators, were only concerned with two of the many issues scheduled to be discussed. These issues were the industry mix and the ecological impact. The team decided to set their opening and target for the industry mix at all clean. The reserve for the issue was set at clean/dirty. The opening and target for the ecological impact issue was set at improve. The reserve was decided to be maintain/repair. The team also noticed that in order to approve a proposal they would have to

  • Impacts of the Human Ecological Footprint

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    There is no hesitation when it comes to whether humans impact the global environment. However, it is questioned in whether human’s ecological footprint is either negatively or positively impacting. In clear perspective, humans share from both sides and their ecological footprint is noted towards whether it will benefit or harm the environment around them. Topics such as overpopulation, pollution, biomagnification, and deforestation are all human impacted and can harm the environment, but some include

  • The Ecological Impacts of Feral Swine

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    Like most nonnative, invasive species, feral swine (Sus scrofa) in the United States has an increasingly negative impact on native plants. If left unchecked, feral swine will become responsible for the permanent destruction of many plant communities as well as endangering native plant populations. Nonnative species can also be called alien, exotic, or nonindigenous. Their presence is due to humans dispersing them to other locations beside their native habitat, or by humans creating environmental

  • Ecological Impacts: The Environmental Impact Of The Atomic Bomb

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    Ecological Impact of the Atomic Bomb The human casualty and health impact of the atomic bomb are often discussed and covered in great details. The environmental impact of the atomic bomb on the other hand does not have a lot of attention paid to. Without a doubt, the environmental impact of the atomic bomb is very large and significant. One of the biggest and longest lasting environmental impacts of the detonation of the atomic bomb is the radiation contaminations that are left over. These contaminations

  • The Ecological Footprint: The Environmental Impact On The Earth

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    are dwindling. According to Ian Moffatt, the concept of the ecological footprint has to do with the way humans impact the Earth. (1) He talks about how Americans are living well beyond their means. The ecological footprint explores the relationship between humans and the biosphere, while also measuring how much land and resources are needed to maintain a sustainable environment based on the how much is consumed by humans. The ecological footprint incorporates energy and materials that we use day

  • To Dam, or Not To Dam

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    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. But are dams as bad as everyone says they are, do dams do more harm than good, or more good than harm? Emphasis should be placed on comparing the ecological effects verses the economical benefits. There are many pros and cons for the ecological side of this debate. One pro is that dams

  • Ecological Self

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    distinguishes one person or thing from others (Landau, 364 Ed). A person’s environment as a whole: an interaction with others, experiences, and time, makes a collage of traits that distinguishes someone as an individual. David Sibley’s theory of the “Ecological Self” or Identity is bound by his determents of social, cultural, and spatial context. Sibley believes that class, race, gender, and nation shapes our identity, it is a single concept that is molded by our experiences from the world. I do not agree

  • The Maasai Culture And Ecological Adaptations

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    Introduction The Rift Valley in East Africa has been the home of pastoralists for over three thousand years. A number of different tribes migrated to Kenya, grouped by language they include the Cushites derived from Southern Ethiopia, the Nilotes, which include the Maasai, from Southern Sudan, and the Bantu. The Maa speaking people are the group from which the Maasai originated; their expansion southward into the Great Rift Valley began about 400 years ago. The second stage of Maasai expansion involved

  • Eco-feminism

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    women’s oppression, ecological degradation, and the exploitation of workers, race, and class. In the midst of these troubles, a movement known as ecofeminism appears to be gaining recognition. In the following, I hope to illustrate this revitalization movement . I will begin by characterizing a definition of ecofeminism; I will then bring to the forefront the ethical issues that Ecofeminism is involved with, then distinguish primary ideas and criticisms. Though in theory, ecological feminism has been

  • Lessons from a Third World Perspective on Environmentalism

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    environmental issues when I was younger was my horror at the soaring rate of rainforest destruction so dramatically portrayed to us in 9th grade biology class. Since then, by following a biology track through college, my focus has been on ecological goals such as the preservation of biodiversity. The study of ecology has served me as a way to understand wilderness so I might be able to help protect it or restore it. My patterns of thought are often not far off from those of Daniel

  • Comparing Burgess and Draper's Theory of Family Violence and the Film, The Burning Bed

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    Draper argue coercive patterns of family interaction represent the principal causal pathway that connects ecological instability to violence within families.  They maintain this raises the possibility that some of the common correlates of such violence are themselves reactions to sudden or chronic ecological instability.  For example, alcoholism, depression, and anxiety may be responses to ecological stresses in the family, such as loss of employment, excessive financial debt, or divorce.  Burgess and

  • The Power of Place

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    when thinking about institutionalizing ecological and social responsibility. Because of human and nonhuman connections to specific places including knowledge, experience and community, using a sense of place and permanence as a green transnational multilateral initiative could be a successful step towards green democracy and ecological citizenship. Robyn Eckersley offers the suggestion of a constitutionally entrenched principle that would enhance ecological and social responsibility: the precautionary

  • Teaching Students Ecological Literacy In the Secondary English Classroom

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    Teaching Students Ecological Literacy In the Secondary English Classroom In today's world, we are bombarded with industry, economic advancement, and progressivism with new technology. As our world becomes more high tech and produces more products for our consumer world, we may soon face many environmental problems, due to our over-consumption of resources and our excessive, industrial lifestyles. Within all curriculums, I find it highly important to address these issues concerning environmental

  • European Animals Incite Ecological Changes in the New World

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    European Animals Incite Ecological Changes in the New World When Columbus and the first landed in the Americas, he was confronted with a totally new world. This was not just new in the sense of people and land, but also in an ecological one as well. Columbus had stumbled across a land that, although already populated by people, was basically untouched. The people who lived in these new lands were completely in sync with nature. They valued the land for what it was worth and as such, they preserved

  • Ecological Hermeneutics

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    articulation of an ecological hermeneutics? As "hermeneutics" is the art of interpretation and understanding, "ecological hermeneutics" is understood as the act of interpreting the impact of technology within the lifeworld. I consider the potential for ecological hermeneutics based upon Gadamer’s theory of science. First, I outline his theory of science. Second, I delineate ecological hermeneutics as an application of this theory. Third, I discuss what can be expected from the act of ecological hermeneutics

  • Adverse Impacts of Landscape Fragmentation on Biodiversity

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    Adverse Impacts of Landscape Fragmentation on Biodiversity Landscape fragmentation can impose devastating and irreversible consequences on the biodiversity of ecosystems. Because of the conflicting interests between ecology and human economic benefit, it has become increasingly important to find solutions for a harmonic balance. It is imperative for people to recognize the impacts of biodiversity loss and increased extinction of many species. These impacts must be understood in order to protect

  • Ecological Foot Print Analysis Essay

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    The ecological footprint is a mathematical tool that was developed by Doctor Mathis Wackernagel and Professor William Rees in 1992 to calculate how many hectares of land or acres of land are required to support one human being. Humans use up the planets’ natural resources to survive on a daily basis. These resources include fish, forests, land, water, and other agricultural products. In an aspect, we can think of humans as parasites to the planet Earth because it is our host and we need its resources

  • The Importance Of Footprint

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    It shows the ecological impact due to human activities in terms of land area which is required to afford these activities. Defining the ecological impact, the amount of raw materials used and carbon dioxide emitted are considered and converted. The capacity is an estimated amount of land and water required to supply these resources