Subject Search for: Environmental Studies and Ecology / Ecosystems and Biodiversity
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1.2207 California Beaches.
This paper looks at the diminishing sand on beaches in California. An examination of this issue involves specifically examining beach management. 14 pgs. 22 f/c. 8b.
Bibliography: 8 source(s) listed
Filename: 2207 California Beaches.doc
2.1707 Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
Of all the forests in the world the rain forests are the most diverse and are being destroyed at the greatest rate. Rainforests cover only about 5% of earth, but they contain 50% of her species. This paper discusses the importance of Forests and shows that Forests are the most valuable eco-systems in the world, containing over 60 per cent of the world's biodiversity. This paper emphasizes the importance of maintaining this important natural resource and what it means to our environment. 12.5 pgs. 7 f/c. 7b.
Bibliography: 7 source(s) listed
Filename: 1707 Ecosystems Biodiversity.doc
3.1870 Fresh Water: A Precious Resource.
This paper will take a look at the inherent value of water and discuss how its scarcity creates both international and inter-regional conflict. A simple quantification of the world's fresh water stocks provides clear proof that it is surely a scarce commodity. Applying this to a geo-political approach, and using the Middle East as a case in point, it soon becomes clear that water is a strategic commodity that ignites political tension. A popular Israeli phrase highlights both the logic and difficulties of this approach: 'If there is political will for peace, water will not be a hindrance. If you want reasons to fight, water will give you ample opportunities.' 8 pgs. 16 f/c. 7b.
Bibliography: 7 source(s) listed
Filename: 1870 Fresh Water.doc
4.1930 The eruption of Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) and its serious environmental health and safety consequences.
This paper examines the power of volcanoes, specifically Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. The damages caused are outlined as well as the environmental consequences of the eruption in 1991. The after effects from the chemicals unleashed in the eruption are documented and have affected the area almost a decade after the eruption. 9 pgs. 18 f/c. 15b.
Bibliography: 15 source(s) listed
Filename: 1930 Mount Pinatubo.doc
5.2115 The Ethics of Vegetarianism.
Although not all arguments in favor of vegetarianism depend on an ethical foundation (for instance, someone could believe that such a practice is simply healthier than a diet containing meat) most do, in fact, ultimately resolve themselves to questions concerning the moral status of non-human animals. Why, then, do apparently ever increasing numbers of individuals believe that killing and eating such creatures is morally wrong? This paper discusses the different sides to this issue and examines and the philosophy behind these sides. 6 pgs. 6 f/c. 4b.
Bibliography: 4 source(s) listed
Filename: 2115 Ethics of Vegetarianism.doc
6.2170 Environmental Perception and Post-Disaster Impact.
Natural disasters include such occurrences as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, avalanches or earthquakes. Manmade disasters would include such things as airplane crashes, chemical or nuclear accidents and, of course, war. This paper will demonstrate that the distinction between these two types of disasters is significant, as each triggers different reactions in those individuals and communities who experience them. Such post-disaster impact assumes many forms depending upon variables such as locus of control, and degree of exposure to trauma. It will be argued that community planning to deal with post-disaster impact is equally as important as the reconstruction of the physical landscape after disaster. 7 pgs. 13 f/c. 5b.
Bibliography: 5 source(s) listed
Filename: 2170 Post-Disaster Impact.doc
7.2253 The Destruction of the Rain Forests: A Critical Analysis of the Environmental and Economic Aspects of the Debate.
This essay will examine the debate over the destruction of the tropical rain forests from a number of perspectives. It will be argued that the tropical rain forests, and the bio diverse ecosystems that they support, are of enormous significance to the planet's environment. This being said, it will also be argued that man is an integral feature of this environment, and that the economic systems that define human cultures must therefore be factored into any discussion of viable or sustainable development of the rain forests. 5 pgs. 21 f/c. 6b.