The Effects of the U.S. Government Shutdown A government shutdown is the name for the process the Executive Branch must take, when the House of Representatives and the Senate cannot agree on how to budget and fund sectors of the government properly (Absolutely, 1). The United States government had a shutdown, which lasted from October 1st until October 16th. This shutdown cost the government and taxpayers $500 million in lost spending by visitors to closed national parks and stalled oil drilling permits (Federal, 1). This action that was taken disrupted private industries, including the Alaskan King Crab fishing industry. This fishing industry is a very lucrative and vital asset to the Alaskan economy and other connecting economies.
Insurance scams and contractor fraud made many people weary and distrustful regarding the rebuilding efforts and is one of many contributing factors to why many former residents have not returned to New Orleans. These are just some of the problems the City of New Orleans was faced with. A flood protection plan system designed by ACE (Army Corps of Engineers) that can endure a storm that could transpire once every 100
“Millions of lives were changed in a day by a cruel and wasteful storm” (George W. Bush). George W. Bush said this quote after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast. Hurricanes are deadly natural disasters that affect people every year. They have a very complex way of forming, and each storm is distinguished by its characteristics. After hurricanes, people and the environment are deeply harmed.
However, mercury evidently was lost during the mining process, and ended up either flowing to the downstream environments, leaking into underground soil or bedrock. Small mercury particles were often floating on the top of the water for miles past the mining sight. Mercury was the quick fix that settlers were looking for. However, this quick fix caused a life-time of destruction, mercury found its way not only contaminating the water supply and soil but through the food chain. More often found on the wildlife and vegetation, especially in the tissues of fish in the rivers, thus causing serious health issues to humans eating high amounts of fish.
Essentially, the pipeline will be delivering 470,000 barrels of oil daily along the 1,100 mile stretch (NBC). This highly debated topic has received widespread media coverage as more than 300 native tribes and numerous environmentalist groups have shown support for the Rock Sioux Tribe in 40 different states (Yubanet). Construction for the Dakota Access Pipeline should be permanently halted due to its imminent contamination of clean water, it’s disrespect to tribal land, and its causation of unnecessary violence towards protesters. Consequently, when reviewing the
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas struggles a lot with plastic pollution because its main income and food source is fishing. Plastic pollution hinders the amount of fish they gather and therefore slows down the rate of their income. Nassau is already a LIC and therefore plastic pollution causes famine there. They have already started to think about banning plastic bags. And if the plastic pollution rises then there will be losses of $8.5 million in tourist income annually for the country because of the pollution on the beach this happens in other countries as well.
Despite this wastewater being treated, it can still alter the ecosystem. An algal bloom is the most common effect seen, caused by excess nutrients (Katsioloudis, P., 2010). But, due to the lack of strict regulation in Caribbean waters, these environmental impacts are nearly impossible to monitor (Deidun, A. and Vella, P. 2011). However, solid and hazardous waste are easier to gauge. Much of the trash such as glass and plastic can be recycled at port, but if it is not recycled, it is incinerated and then dumped at sea, contributing to the floating plastic debris that has a serious effect on a wide range of marine organisms.
Killing the dolphins in the coves turns the water completely red from all the blood. When this happens it is releasing massive amounts of mercury back into the oceans which eventually contaminated other sea creatures (Glionna). Maybe the slaughters would be okay if the country followed all the rules and regulations; however, they are not abiding by the species of dolphins they are allowed to kill. They are only supposed to be allowed to kill Bottlenose Dolphins but they are also killing several other species in the process (McNeil). The main species being killed are the Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, False Killer Whales, and Short-Finned Pilot Whales.
Irma flooded the entire area, leaving some places with hip-high water; buildings were lost, and caused destruction to anything that stood in the way. Now all that is left is the pieces and items that once created the beautiful cities. Is it possible to prevent this destruction caused by Irma? With how strong the winds were and how long they managed to stay powerful, the prevention of Irma was slim. Some simple actions can be taken to help minimize the amount of destruction, yet complete prevention remains unachievable.
If wildlife’s ingestion of plastics caused by people’s improper throw of these materials isn’t enough of a burden. There are other ways that the wildlife are affected by plastic pollution. Such as entanglement, this is mostly common in marine life, such as fish, seals, turtles and birds. These animals get stuck in these debris and end up suffocating or drowning. Because they are unable to untangle themselves, they also die from starvation or from their inability to escape predators.
Over the past few months, California has been hit with a slew of storms and now the Oroville Dam is overflowing with water. This would not have been as bad a situation if the emergency spillways were not damaged by erosion; or as the anchorman said “... erosion has opened a hole the almost size of a football field and it’s almost 40 feet deep…”. The towns downstream were evacuated because of the potential for flash flooding for the 75 miles downstream from the dam. Workers then started crushing rocks to reinforce and fix the damaged spillways and to delay the potential of flash flooding. Over 200,000 people were evacuated, highways were filled, and gas pumps were emptied in the panic.
In Edmond Oklahoma, there was a big earthquake, which provoked residents to sue the company for $28 million in damages. Fracking has changed daily Oklahoman’s lives, from their property to their income. Fracking History In 1907, when the first oil well was drilled, which was before statehood, the abundance of oil seemed to draw everyone to Oklahoma, to make a small fortune in oil. Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was once dubbed the oil capital of the world, has a small structure still dedicated to its oil days, the Golden Driller, pictured below. Before 2009 Oklahoma went from 2 earthquakes a year, To 2 a day.
However, it 's not only just because of man-made reasons. The coastal marshes disappearing can also be affected by natural causes. Sediment is being deposited into a river delta increasing the weight, which causes the entire area to sink (p. 11). Depositing may sound like a positive cause, but however if the course of the sediment changes then no new sediment will continue to be deposited. Another natural cause is oceans and hurricanes.
It was a low-income area that was mostly uninsured. (Source: "UNT Experts Discuss Hurricane Katrina 's Third Anniversary," UNT News, August 28, 2008.) During the aftermath of Katrina, the main concern on health was the amount of water left behind. Outbreaks of West Nile, mold, and endotoxin levels rising were of great concern. New types of bacteria from the open water, leaving New Orleans with little to defense.