The article states that there is a rapid decline in the population of sea otters, the mammals found along the coast of California to Alaska. The article claims that the reason for the declination is because of environmental pollution and provides two reasons of support. However, the speaker refutes that the dwindling is due to predation. First, the reading claims that environmental pollution is the most likely cause because oil rigs found along the coast cause pollution to a greater extent. Further, the increased in chemical levels decreases the immune strength of the sea otters which indirectly leads to death. The speaker refutes this point by saying that, dead sea otters are seldom seen on the shore which indicates that the sea otters are
Wilder’s essay introduces every possible issue that can arise from Keystone XL pipeline, but my focus is towards climate change. She argues that the construction and refining the dirty oil will increases climates change effect. Why should Americans shoot an arrow that will be a harm to them? We risk reaching higher atmospheric temperature, serious droughts, and floods due to the changing climate. That is not the only way climate change will affect communities, but it will also have an impact on oil spills near communities.
Jimmy Carter wrote this essay to persuade his audience that industry should not develop Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for its resources . Carter used evidence, such as facts and examples to support his claim. In Carter’s writing, he clearly shows the reader how the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remains America’s last truly great wilderness. Many animals live there, for example, the polar bears, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves.
Likewise, compared to those diets enjoyed by groups in northern California and the Pacific Northwest as far back as 4000 B.C., which were rich with nutritious stock like fish and shellfish, the game-hunting in the east was less reliable. While at first the big animals of the continent were bountiful to the newfound populations they had not yet learned to fear, their numbers quickly dwindled during the “Pleistocene overkill” (Page, 36). One area whose populations did not suffer from the absence of these large mammals was the Pacific coast, an observation that is notable despite the real absence of what were likely some of the most informational sites that archaeologists could have hoped to
In the editorial by Ron Judd titled “Why returning grizzlies to the North Cascades is the right thing to do” found on the Seattle Times’ website, Mr. Rudd states his case for the reintroduction of Grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State. He makes the argument that fatal interactions between hikers and bears are not a valid argument against reintroduction because the rarity of these encounters and the rarity of aggressive bears. He also cites some of his personal experiences encountering these animals and both his own and their reaction. Mr. Rudd uses this information to paint a picture that the bears are not as dangerous as commonly believed, using as an example the presence of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park which sees many more visitors than the North Cascades. Another point that Rudd discusses is his belief that bears are an important part of the wilderness experience, he shares his feelings after one of those encounters: “With senses heightened off the charts, it was as if I had stopped observing the natural world, and for the first time, stepped all the way into it.
The author writes of personal experiences and thoughts to show the importance of the Wildlife refuge in more than just a factual standpoint. Carter notes how disappointed and saddened he would be if the Refuge was destroyed, “Standing on the coastal plain, I was saddened to think of the tragedy that might occur if this great wilderness was consumed by a web of roads and pipelines, drilling rigs and industrial facilities.” This adds power to the argument furthermore, as he demonstrates his attachment to the area and animals living there, “During bright July days, we walked along ancient caribou trails and studied the brilliant mosaic of wildflowers, mosses, and lichens that hugged the tundra… we watched muskox, those shaggy survivors of the Ice Age, lumber along braided rivers that meander toward the Beaufort Sea.” This then gives us a connection to the Refuge so we are more affected to the possible outcome of it being built into an industrial
Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore is about the impact that climate change has on U.S. communities and how sea level rise has been affecting America for centuries. In this essay I will be explaining how Rush proves her point about how sea level rising and climate change have been affecting the U.S. for centuries by giving a variety of topics she speaks on that is land loss, native heritage, places being removed due to them being enveloped by water and she also uses Brunet, Edison Dardar and Laura Sewall personal beliefs in Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. The first topic that Rush uses to prove how sea level rising and climate change affects the U.S communities is land loss.
While otters are considered secure globally, the southwestern stock in Alaska is threatened. According to Alaska's Department of Fish and Game, http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=seaotter.main "in southwest Alaska, sea otters have experienced a sharp population decline in the last 20 years," while the Southeast and Southcentral stocks have stabilized or increased. In an email exchange with Webber, he told me that the otters washing up were assumed to be non-threatened Southcentral northern sea otters because of the location of where they came ashore. Otters have a unique history in Alaska. They bounced back from the fur trade, that began in the 1700s, that almost wiped them out.
He accredited the extinction of these extraordinary animals to the “…combination of climatic change and the spread of highly skilled hunters,” (Taylor 8). The natives did not know how their excessive hunting would have such an effect - they just did what they had to do to survive.
At the bottom of Naple Island Gazette’s front page, I saw the headline: Manatee Habitat Threatened by Local Development. The article explained that a new housing development was planned for an area along the Okee River. Many of the properties would have docks in the river so owners could park their boats and have easy access out into the bay. I knew that the Okee River was the best place locally to spot manatees. They loved floating in the warm water and munching the thick sea grasses that cover the river bottom.
In the Pro-Drilling video, it showed that a reef spilled more than 11 million gallons of oil in Alaska. This proves that anything can go wrong, so the best thing to do is not to do it at all. The Pro-Drilling video also showed that their is a decline in Alaska, by drilling it would decrease even more. In Document A, it shows a map and some animals like seals, polar bears, arctic owls, and wolves, by drilling they all will be harmed.
Imagine spending a life malnourished, sick and in captivity just so that people can see a performance with tricks and splashing. Captivity has harmed marine mammals for centuries and has become a reoccurring problem in places like SeaWorld. There is no understanding of why people enjoy seeing abused animals held in captivity. SeaWorld’s inhumane manner of care must cease and instead refocus the marine work and efforts on confined animal rehabilitation through exceptional nutrition and investigative research. Current Practices SeaWorld’s way of care for the marine animals shows barbarism, causing sickened and malnourished aquatic mammals with health defects and physical impediments.
Sixty years after the extirpation of wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains of America, biologist and ecologist in Yellowstone National Park reintroduced wolves into a declining ecosystem that once thrived during their presence. The reintroduction brought immense controversy into the West and continues to stir outrage among anti-wolf groups. These anti-wolf supporters argue wolves are ruthless predators that cause destruction to natural environments and livestock. Conversely wolf advocates and scientists suggest that wolves are a keystone species that are essential to the natural regulation of our Western ecosystems. Although pro and anti-wolf advocates can agree that wolves have an effect on livestock, ungulate populations and ecosystems,
Movies can illustrate something beyond being fun to watch, it can teach us many educational lessons. In Finding Dory, it demonstrates many educational tools, as well as many points related to the grade 9 Science curriculum particularly in the Ecology unit. How is the film an educational tool? - Finding Dory teaches us moral lessons on the importance of family. Ex: Dory is determined to find her family throughout this entire movie when remembering small flashbacks on her adventure.
John Grisham Paper In John Grisham 's The Pelican Brief, he connects how big oil empires and the environment can affect the life of the brown pelican. The topic is mainly about how environmental issues affect the life of the brown pelican. The life of the pelican is mostly affected by DDT and oil spills.