Deforestation is defined as: “the clearing of virgin forests, or intentional destruction or removal of trees and other vegetation for agricultural, commercial, housing, or firewood use without replanting and without allowing time for the forest to regenerate itself” (SCRIBD). Deforestation has been a problem in Latin America since the early 1900s and the severity of the dilemma is increasing rapidly. Deforestation not only has consequences for the environment, but also, the indigenous people and the national economy. The logging industry in Latin America is often exploited by multinational companies that are not properly regulated. The land that has provided a home and cultivated indigenous development for centuries is being dissipated rapidly. Due to an exponentially growing global population, there is an increased demand for low priced goods--like timber, crops, and meat. Many Latin American countries value revenue from selling these goods over the health of their local ecosystems. The crisis of deforestation and habitat loss is shifting from a local to global problem. As deforestation continues, global warming escalates worldwide, impacting every country and person. About 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from tropical deforestation, which is more than from all the world’s cars, trucks and buses combined (Schwartzman). Puerto Rico and Brazil provide contrasting examples of the impact of deforestation. Puerto Rico had an economic and environmental shift
The Kaho’Olawe island restoration project is a one of the smallest Hawai’ian Islands located near Maui. The Island is the largest unpopulated offering an opportunity to protect the Hawai’ian species and culture. Kaho’Olawe Island historically support many Hawaii’s native plant and animals yet invasive species present on the island have destroyed native plants and animal’s populations and disruptive of other practices. ISLAND CONSERVATION (IC) is working with the Kaho’Olawe Island Reserve Commission ( KIRC ) to advance the restoration of the islands by the removing of invasive species such as rodents and feral Cats. This effort of removal of these invasive species will allow for the protection of native habitats and providing the opportunity
As more tourist being visiting Panama and the surrounding islands, the pygmy sloths are at an increase risk of endangerment. Due to the fact that this species of sloth can only be found on the Isla Escudo de Verguas it is imperative that the government of Panama recognizes the endangerment of the pygmy sloth and places more security on the island. The fate of the pygmy sloth depends largely on whether or not additional steps are taken to protect Escudo de Veraguas. The island’s current protection status leaves open the possibility of future development and is vague as to who may develop it. Declaring the island a wildlife refuge or national park would protect not only the pygmy sloths, but also the other unique species found on the island.
Imagine that Hawaii the tropical 50th state is losing all of it’s natural animal species because either animals had to migrate here or be brought over here by humans for a purpose which causes new or exotic invasive species to kill off many of the local endemic animals on Hawaii. Hawaii has lost many native animal species, including bird, reptile, and mammal species due to the very dangerous invading animals that cause countless problems such as predation, environmental harm, or human health issues. Throughout the years, many native animals are declining because of many reasons and that is why preserving Hawaiian species is a worldwide problem. The purpose of this paper is to share the history of why most of these animals are endangered through factual evidence.
At the same time, ethical theories focusing on relationship argue that our relationship with the nature which comprises the rainforest of the Amazon should be prioritized when making an ethical decision (Traer 87). Deep ecology, being a part of relationship-oriented theory, is a view that dismisses the concept of modern culture where only human values are considered and nature is used to satisfy people (94). In this case, it stresses that we should not prioritize economic growth and the desire to consume over our relationship with the nature (Traer 94; Toohey 74; Fearnside 681). For instance, the rainforest of the Amazon should not be subjected to clear-cutting because of the consumers’ desire to eat more beef, which requires treeless land
Deforestation is the clearing of a forest and/or cutting down of trees for human benefits such as agriculture, wood exports, etc. Deforestation is the cause of numerous environmental impacts such as habitat loss, flooding and soil erosion. It can also cause climate change, by reducing the amount of rainfall and changing the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface and increases the risk of forest . Tree growth is important for biodiversity because they absorb carbon dioxide which is a harmful greenhouse gas . However, since deforestation reduces natural carbon sinks, it disrupts the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air causing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air to increase. This poses a serious
Issue: The environmental issue that I have chosen is the impact that invasive species have on the environment. The impact that invasive species have on the environment is vast, yet little is done about it. This issue is extremely important and will impact the world for generations to come. In this paper, I hope to learn about the effect they have on environment and what we can do about it.
Hawaii Turtle Tours takes you for a tour around the island of Oahu to see some pretty amazing things. However, most people don’t know about the trouble that the islands face. The islands are home to some amazing and unique plants and animals. Yet, today it is estimated that there approximately 90% of these species are invasive or foreign. Leaving only 10% of native and endemic species left on the island. This means that of this small percentage, these plans and animals are found nowhere else in the world. Plus, the majority of these species are endemic, which means that they are found only in Hawaii and nowhere else.
Santiago is the capital of Chile. It is currently the largest city in Chile. Santiago was founded in 1541 and has been growing ever since. This city includes the largest building in Latin America called the Gran Torre Santiago. One of Chile's most popular features is Easter Island. Popular for it's stone heads, this Chilean island brings in tourist from all over the world. Famous not only because of the stone heads, but also for being the most isolated inhabited island. It is located 3,512 kilometres off the coast of Chile. The city of Valparaíso is one of the most important ports and cultural hot spots for Chile. It is located midway down the country and on the coast. Another important city is Viña del Mar. It is located
Chile is a small country that is located in South America and bordered by Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina. Chile's population is a round number of 16,136,000. The capital of Chile is Santiago. Chile is about 756,096 square kilometers, which is equivalent to 291,930 square miles. Chile's main language is Spanish and their religion is mainly Roman Catholic, Protestant (Chile: National). Chile's currency is the Chilean peso. Our U.S. dollar compared to the Chilean peso is 1 U.S dollar = 669.773 Chilean pesos (World's). The life expectancy of a Chilean female = 82-83, male = 77, and the average is 80 (Life). Michelle Bachelet is Chile's president, she is the first female president of Chile. She has served from 2006-2010 and she is currently on her second term which
Of the methods discussed in our textbook, I think the ecotourism and direct environmental adjustment method would be the most effective way to preserve biodiversity. Our textbook explains how they've had a lot of success with removing invasive mammals and weeds while also replacing them with plants and other things that mimic their natural habitat in areas of Hawaii. This has benefited Hawaii both ecologically and economically by driving ecotourism
A place the major language is spanish, the president of the country is a woman, the most important value is family, and where the most funniest festival are taken place. This place/country is Chile, the “Island nation” is one of the top beautiful country. With their popular fun holidays, beautiful natural land, clear water, and friendly citizens. Chile is different from other countries which makes them stand out in politics, culture, and fashion.
The capital of Chile is santiago.The government type of Chile is Republican, a republican government is one in which the political authority comes from the people. In the United States, power is given to the government by its citizens as written in the U.S. Constitution and through its elected representatives. The type of currency they use is called chilean peso CLP 1 chilean peso is 0.0015 in US dollars. The population of Chile is about 17,508,260 Million People. The total area of Chile is 291,931 Square Miles, and 756,102 Square Kilometers. The Location of Chile is in the Southern South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Argentina and Peru on the map. The people in Chile there language is mainly Spanish but it is also, Mapudungun,
Bill Freedmen, author of “Endangered Species—Human Causes Of Extinction and Endangerment” notes, “scientists approximate that present extinction rates are 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the average natural extinction rate.” These distressing numbers should be acted upon to save the endangered species and avoid the catastrophic change to this planet if these species were to become extinct. In order to produce change, people need to recognize that habitat loss, climate change, and poaching are all factors in why our animal species are going extinct.