Each and everyday we see a new home being built, or a shopping mall opening, or even an apartment complex in the making, but we never think of at what expense all of this is happening. By building all of these new additions we are killing hundred of different species in the process. Humans are cutting down forests, and destroying animal’s habitats. Extinction is one of the most pressing problems we are currently facing today. Each day a new species shows up on the extinction list. A new estimate found that species die off as much as 1,000 times more frequently than they used to. One article states “human activities has obliterated nearly 900 species over the past 500 years” (Rachel Nuwer). This problem has gone completely out of control and we need to start finding a way to stop it.
In order to understand the world that we live in, it is imperative to first conceive the operating forces that shape how our society, economy and politics work, and what the impacts in our lives and environment are. In this sense, it is necessary to approach the following topics: political ideology, globalization and our natural environment.
According to Forbes Magazine, the record- setting box office earnings of Steven Spielberg 's 1993 blockbuster film, Jurassic Park, along with the continued success of its various sequels, underscores the continued public fascination with dinosaurs and other extinct species. Hone also emphasizes this public interest in extinct species as well as the unique insights into evolutionary history that scientists can gain from studying species that once roamed the earth (Hone). However, as in the Jurassic Park series, scientists are not always content to simply study the past. The phenomenon known as de-extinction, moves beyond studying the characteristics of species of the past and takes a larger step toward actually resurrecting them. While some
The Florida Everglades is a national park where animals live in harmony because of this thing called biodiversity. Biodiversity is a word commonly used to "describe the relative number of different species
Succession: Succession is a process where changes are made to the base of a biological community over a period of time.
A disadvantage of Bronfenbrenner is that it does not help practitioners put his theory into practice. "Bronfenbrenner is not widely recognized as helping practitioners to put his ideas into practice and this may be why someone who has done so much to change the thinking of both groups is not better known." Pound L, 2009 accessed on 12/02/18
Biodiversity is all life on the planet. How much life is out there, however, is still quite unclear and by this time, possibly many new species may find out. Appraise of around a range from 2 million to 100 million species, with only about 1.4 million are named at this current time. The attainable diversity of uncharacterized species is very much frustrating, visualizes how many species are here and others are still missing or unrecognized. However, now days where globalization intercepts species have begun to dissolve at a very alarming and devastating rate. When a species dissolve, important components of our web of life dissolve as well, constantly in ways not well understood by everybody. “Scientists appraise that the mislaying of species
Animals and plants become at risk for extinction, or endangerment, when environments and ecosystems are changed by human activities or other natural causes (Wright & Boorse, 2014). Regrettably, human activity is usually the source of environmental change and endangerment to a species through pollution, over-consumption, and in some regions of the world, over-population (Wright & Boorse, 2014). Also attributable to the destruction of a species, are the human activities that result in habitat loss and the introduction of an exotic species into foreign ecosystems (Wright & Boorse, 2014). Human activity is not solely to blame, as each species also has natural predators; however, habitat loss, relating to economic development, appears to be the
The natural world is as complex and intricate as the human body. From the simplest organisms to the most complex and diverse biomes, environmental science has always held my fascination. It is through this fascination that I was inspired to take an AP Environmental class my senior year where I have continued exploring my profound interest in the physical and biological processes that maintain life.
the ecosystems that are found in a region or the whole planet. We see this type of biodiversity evolution all around us. For example, the forest of Maine versus the forests of Colorado.
The scale of human activities has affected the ecological sustainability in a way that it infringes upon the tenantable aspects of the land. As our readings have progressed from Emerson and Thoreau to the likes of Carson, Leopold, Krutch, and Carson it's apparent that there are some slight variations in writing styles, media outlets, and in public opinions as it pertains to the nature. Moving forward, with this contemporary environmental movement, these philosophers offer a glimpse into the social conditions - the environment which is intrinsically inherent in their work (p. 199). John Muir, a conservationist, used the power of language in sync with the splendor of nature to inspire spectators into defending one of the greatest commodities that we all share…the land (p. 200). The cognizance of defacing the land - the "ecological toll" which emerged from thriving industries such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, caught the attention of Aldo Leopold (p. 200). He recognized that humans' overuse of the land was not synonymous with having a moral conscience that extends to the ecosystems in which we live (p. 200). In a speech, he proposed that the amount of land used to render a harvest should be proportionate to its community in which it
When mentioning the term ecology, enormous rainforests, wild rivers, wide fields, and all the greenery and natural surroundings are the first things that come to one’s mind. However, according to the definition of Oxford dictionary, ecology is “the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings”. This definition is of a huge importance for those who want to emerge into the studies of ecocriticism, and for those who want to deal with an ecocritical reading of a literary work. The notion that organisms, their relations to one another and to their physical surroundings is crucial when it comes to ecology explains the fact why, when starting with the analysis in this way, one must include not just natural ecology, but also social and spiritual. In literature, it is not just about human behaviour among each other, or their relationship with their natural surroundings, but also about
Sustainable forest management requires three major criteria which are the maintenance of ecological processes within the forest (soil formation, energy flow, biogeochemical cycles (carbon, nutrient and hydrological cycles), maintenance of biodiversity of forest, improving the net social benefits derived from the mixture of forest uses within the constraints by considering the future. Forest provides habitats for more than half of the fauna and flora on the Earth (SCBD, 2001). Forest biome plays an important role in mitigating climate change by serving as carbon sinks (Hassan et al., 2005). Forest land is the most fundamental natural resources which become reduced mainly due to anthropogenic pressures. For proper management of land, it is essential to have information about existing land cover and about the naturalness of the land. The increment in forest cover does not mean that
This paper seeks to research the study of climate change and its effects on biodiversity. This will be done by first understanding what climate change is and what the different effects are. Once this is understood, it will be easier to apply this knowledge to the study of biodiversity and how species are affected. Real life examples of different species that are affected will be mentioned and explained.
Why are different species becoming extinct? Do researchers know how many innocent animals are killed each year? When will animals be protected in a comfortable habitat? In man-made environments, such as zoos and other nature parks, animals that are born in the wild are protected and well taken care of. Due to animals running around in the wild, scientists and researchers can track the amount of animals being killed everyday. This usually causes extinction within that species, and researchers have decided to do something about it. Although endangered animals are born in the wild, they should be sheltered and protected in nature parks because it helps decrease the amount of extinctions, allows a better and healthier environment, and the animals are protected from predators and human hunters.