Environment Essays & Term Papers

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Merely three ounces of the chemical dioxin can kill in excess of one million people and has been deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the "most potent animal carcinogen." (The Love Canal Disaster 1). In the 22,000 tons of chemicals detected as leaking in the Love Canal neighborhood in New York, the 130 pounds of dioxin was just one chemical among 248 found. Love Canal was an abandoned canal that Hooker Chemical Company used to legally dump their toxins. (L

Soil Analysis Within the next few paragraphs, I will tell you all about the soil sample I collected and did tests on. I got some soil from out of one of my mom's gardens. This one had a lot of flowers from Florida. This is a summary of what all I did to work on finding everything about my soil. Day 1: The first day I had forgotten my soil sample. Therefore I could not let it dry out like the rest of the classes did. Day 2: I brought my soil sample in and let it dry. I had time to c

Waste is a problem, a problem that is on the increase. Europe produces one hundred and thirty million tons of household garbage, 324 million tons of solid industrial waste and 30 million tons of hazardous waste every year . Disposing of this waste is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive, and many countries are considering burning municipal solid waste to produce energy as an alternative to traditional methods of disposal such as landfill. The most important reason for which landfills ar

The most obvious danger that anyone faces when they work outdoors is that of the sun. Lifeguards are no different. Surprisingly, many people are not aware of the many negative effects the sun has on the body. Here are the major ones, along with some solutions for prevention. 1. Heat exhaustion - Dehydration caused when the body loses too much salt and fluid through sweat. One of the most serious side effects of sun exposure. Get out of the heat and drink fluids. 2. Heatstroke - Muc

Tropical Rain Forests There are many different ecosystems on this planet. They include tundras, prairies, deserts, grasslands, forests, alpine environments, ect. One of the most important and extraordinary ecosystems is the tropical rain forests. A tropical rain forest is a woodland that usually is in the tropical zone. It receives heavy annual rainfall, usually at least 100 inches. It is marked by broad-leaved evergreen trees forming a continuous canopy. The rain forest is home to a vastly di

Each time you get a drink or take a shower, do you think of where that water came from to begin with? Many people, including you and I, take the unlimited supply of water that comes from the tap at home for granted. In reality though, all this water we use and drink comes from very vulnerable natural sources. And taking care of these natural sources of water can be a very hard and complicated task, especially at heavily contaminated sources. The EPA has had a major effect of the regulations

In the following assignment I will be talking about fire ants. My assignment is mostly based up on an article wich I chosed from the magasin Scientific American February 1999. In the United States, one of the most harmful pests among the ants is the red imported fire ant. The fire ant got their name from their burning stings. The fire ants are a small stinging species that was accidentally introduced from South America. These ants are a total pest because they disrupt mechanized farming, dam

Ocean Dumping The practice of ocean dumping should be banned. Marine pollution is at the heart of interest in today's search for a clean environment. Not only does ocean dumping add to the unsightliness of the once beautiful and pristine waters; it also kills the marine life which inhabits those waters. Pollution on a grand-scale is wreaking havoc on the Earth. The ocean is not an exception. In 1996, a bill, which would ban the dumping of dredge spoils in the Long Island So

Recycling is to reclaim waste materials such as used glass bottles, paper, plastic, and used aluminum by using them in the manufacturing of new products. It has been an important aspect of life for the past thirty years. Recycling has come into play greatly since we are coming up on 2000years. It has been proven that recycling our waste products has improved our world to be cleaner and more sanitary. Not only do we recycle used products to keep our environment clean

The Qualitative and Quantitative Properties of Cars By: Jennifer, Mark and Jordan Development costs of a car can vary over a wide range, depending on many factors, such as cost of real estate. The approximate estimated cost of owning an average sized individual franchise is as follows: - Franchise Fee $25000 - Real Estate (lease or purchase) 6000 - 350000 - Architectural Dr

The Evolution of Lake Champlain Basin A billion years ago, Lake Champlain and all of North America was covered by huge glaciers. The air was rich in oxygen because of photosynthesis done by plants. The Adirondacks Mountains Mountain-building events made the then 20,000 feet Adirondack Mountains. Minerals such as garnet, anorthosite, and diopside came from metamorphic rocks. The Iapetus Ocean What is now the Champlain Valley started to rift 600 million years ago. It turned into the Iapetus O

Deciduous forests are on of the 7 major Earth biomes. Deciduous forests are located in the eastern half of the United States, Canada, Europe, and parts of Russia, China, and Japan. They have rich soil, and a large diversity of animal and plant species. Starting in the fall leaves change color; then they fall to the ground for the winter, and in the spring bud and re-grow, starting the process over again. Through out the seasons, the temperature greatly varies. This biome has very cold winte

Incalzirea globala si efectul de sera Introducere In 1997 reprezentanti ai 130 de tari s'au intalnit la Kyoto pentru a reglementa si limita cantitatile de gaze de sera eliminate in mediu. Protocolul nu intra in vigoare decat daca va fi aprobat de senatele tarilor implicate. Efectele lui sunt majore pe plan economic: noi taxe pentru benzina, costuri mai mari pentru energie, cateva milioane de slujbe distruse, instalarea de noi echipamente pentru reducerea emisiilor de poluanti si eventual r

MEXICO CITY'S POLLUTION: IT'S CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS In the past decade, Mexico City was faced with a relentless growth of pollution. There are many reasons that this pollution is growing so steadily and refuses to cease. In 1995, Mexico City's population was estimated to be about 17 million people. Now it is believed that over 25 million people inhabitate it as well as over 3 million cars, 3 million stray dogs and over 40,000 factories. The city sits at the bottom of a bowl shaped valley

Ocean Pollution Water pollution is a problem that effects all living things. Every living organism on the earth needs water to survive. When the water is polluted, it not only effects the plants and animals, it harms people. Taking care of this planet's water is very important to the short term and long term survival of living things. The oceans are constantly being polluted by individuals and many industries. These waters must be cleaned up before the costs are too great and the da

Pollution in Ocean Environments The ocean is a fragile ecosystem that must have a element of constancy to ensure that life can continue. The plants and the animals alike depend on the ocean and it is being destroyed by toxins from human activities. Pesticides like DDT are lethal to the animals in the ocean if given in large enough amounts and in some areas there is enough DDT to do just that. Sewage left untreated or improperly treated has the same effect as DDT. The chemic

GEOTHERMAL ELECTRICITY In the land where Etruscans bathed in natural hot springs almost 3,500 years ago, warm geothermal water has been in use for centuries, treating skin diseases, offering relaxation, heating buildings, producing useful chemicals like borax, and growing plants. But Italy's greatest geothermal claim to fame is the development of the world's first geothermally-driven electrical power plant in Larderello. Opened in 1904, the plant was producing 132 megawatts by the 1940s.

ACID DEPOSITION By Jody Prouse Introduction Picture a cancer, eating a human, a sister, a brother, away bit by bit. Destroying every organ, slowing every heart beat, weakening every muscle. Then finally, shutting the body down. Ending it's existence. Acid deposition is the earth's cancer. Every rain drop causing massive destruction throughout the world. Every downpour, killing another lake, stream, fish, tree, or human. Every smog, killing it's inhabitants, weakening it's life. Unli

Acid rain is precipitation of higher than normal acidity. Manmade increases in the acidity of precipitation are traced mainly to the burning of coal, oil, and gas by heavy industry and electrical utilities. Burning these fuels releases sulfur and nitrogen oxides (Sox and Nox) to the atmosphere where they combine with water vapor to produce sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and nitric acid (HNO3) . The acids in the atmosphere are carried and deposited on the earth s surface in the forms of rain, snow, a

Acid Rain Acid rain is rain, snow or fog that is polluted by acid in the atmosphere and damages the environment. Two common air pollutants that acidify rain are sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. When these substances are released into the atmosphere, they can be carried over long distances by prevailing winds and return to earth as acidic rain, snow, fog or dust. When the environment cannot neutralize the acid being deposited, damage occurs. Acid rain causes direct damage to trees at high

The Presidential Green Chemistry Awards-Dr. Mark Holtzapple In 1996, Mark Holtzapple of Texas A&M University received the Academic Award for the Green Chemistry challenge. This award was given to him for the development of a family of technologies that converts waste biomass into animal feed and industrial chemicals and fuels by adding lime to a fermentation process. This waste biomass includes municipal solid waste, sewage sludge, manure, and agricultural residues. As we all know al

Joel Sharrer November 11, 1999 Research Paper #1 S. Rheingans Sound Progress The Exxon Valdez oil spill in the Prince William Sound of Alaska proved to be a disaster on many levels. The coastline, wildlife, and people of the all area were all devastated by the spill. Ten years later, the area is showing remarkable progress. Because of the cleanup efforts and new regulations, the Sound is getting ever closer to recovery. A few minutes after midnight on March 24, 1989, the T/V E

Acid Rain THOUGHTS ON ACID RAIN Acid rain is a serious problem with disastrous effects. Each day this serious problem increases, many people believe that this issue is too small to deal with right now this issue should be met head on and solved before it is too late. In the following paragraphs I will be discussing the impact has on the wildlife and how our atmosphere is being destroyed by acid rain. CAUSES Acid rain is a cancer eating into the face of Eastern Canada and the N

Urban Sprawl is a problem that will have severe consequences for all life if left unrestricted. The unrestricted development of the United States and the world is rapidly contributing to the degradation of our ecosystem. Moreover, if over development continues there will be massive human suffering. Air and water quality are in jeopardy and topsoil is being lost at an alarming rate. If something isn't done soon to curtail rampant development there may be no way to prevent its destructi

Pueblo citizens are facing a battle. It’s a battle between common citizens and those who are in favor of economic development to decide on whether a cement plant will call Pueblo its new home. It’s a battle to join together in order to educate those individuals in charge about how building a cement plant would cause more harm than create jobs. It’s a battle between the average citizen, concerned about their health and the environment, and the elected official, confiden

- The Environment The impact of people on their environment can be devastating. This is where the respective role of governments can make decisions that shape environmental policy and responsibilities. These governments can be broken up into four different levels: local, state, federal and international. Air quality and biodiversity are two current issues that can be related to the role of governments. Global warming is also another implication that has a devastating effect on the en

Environment quality research and development-Air Pollution A hundred years ago, a book about air pollution would have attracted very few readers. Those that did read it would have felt that it was just about as important as a book about air traffic control, abortion, or pill. Today when the word pollution is mentioned, almost everyone from the child in kindergarten to the octogenarian appreciates that we are talking about a problem affecting all society. Now, pollution has become the s

The Social and Political Environment in Tibet Throughout Tibet s history, there has been a long-standing tension between Tibet and China. Before 940 ad. Tibet was known as a fierce country, constantly invading and conquering land. At that point in time, the general belief system was war. A person would rather die in war than of sickness. A golden arrow was worshiped. All of these things and more led to a very war-like civilization. After the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet, the

Some critics say that The Handmaid’s Tale is a pure Science Fiction with little or no relevance to the actual society. Margaret Atwood wanted to show a way of how far contemporary errors lead to. Actually she took facts from today (the book was written in 1986), and imagine how could become society if people do not do anything to arrange life’s quality . “Moving , vivid and terrifying, I only hope it’s not prophetic”, as Conor Cruise O’Brien, from The Listener. This fear i

I believe Labor-intensive subsistence agriculture is almost same as traditional agriculture, which produces only enough crops or livestock for a farm family s survival; therefore, they have low yields with intensive labors. This trends cause more lands are destructed and degrade by farming. On the other hand, labor-intensive subsistence agriculture produce less pollutants than industrialized agriculture because they reduce usage of fertilizer and pesticides. The biggest advantages of energy

As we enter the new millenium, the disposal of nuclear waste is a very important factor we must consider for the future generations. Nuclear energy is a very important and dominant as a source of heat energy. It is used to produce steam to drive turbines that generate electricity. Every nuclear plant has its own design, but they each generate heat from nuclear reactors and use this heat to produce steam. The main problem with nuclear energy, however, is the storage and disposal of the wast

Automobile Emissions, Individual Health and the Environment Pollutants From Automobiles What It is Health Impacts Environmental Impacts Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Nitric Oxide (NO) is the major NOx component and oxidizes into nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the presence of hydrocarbons and sunlight. NO2 reacts with hydrocarbons to form ozone or with water to form nitrate (NO3), a significant source of acid rain. odour increased sensitivity of asthmatics and those s

Pollution of lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans has been killing land and water animals for years. Water pollution kills all kinds of animals every year. The EXXON VALDEZ oil spill near anchorage Alaska caused over 3,000 otters to die, 36,000 different kinds of seabirds were killed and over 100 eagles. The Exxon Valdez spilled over 11 million gallons of crude oil in 1989 because of somebody's carelessness. Oil spills are one of the worst types of pollution. They happen most often in the ocean

Value of Environmental Agencies' In current times man has become so consumed with weapons and money that the planet has been neglected. With something so typical and now common as chopping down the rainforest to produce trees for mass abundance of political paper and land to graze more cattle this thoughtless destruction, disturbs all aspects of the environment. This is business as usual. The lands being destroyed are the most unique and diverse lands in the world. Chris Park

"The free trade argument states that, if each nation produces what it does best and permits trade, over the long run all will enjoy lower prices and higher levels of output, income, and consumption that could be achieved in isolation." The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), implemented in January of 1994, created a situation in North America in which there are no taxes on most products imported and exported between the three countries. Ideally, the governments of Canada, the U.S. and

Since the release of Rachel Carson s Silent Spring in the 1960 s, mankind has expanded its quest to come to grips with the competing virtues of human economic entropy and of maintaining the integrity and diversity of the natural environment. As awareness of environmental degradation has increased, so has the realization of the complexity of interconnected webs of relationships among organisms and the physical and chemical environment. With this awareness, we have also come to realize that envi

Deforestation s Impact PSC 391 May 1, 2000 Deforestation is the permanent destruction of indigenous forests and woodlands.(WWF) Currently, forests cover approximately one fifth of the world s land. Forests provide us with many products we use in our everyday lives. They also provide for us in other ways such from helping stop soil erosion to providing us with medical drugs, dyes and fabrics.. Humanity depends on the survival of a healthy ecosystem and deforestation is causing many social

Nitrates contamination of the world's underground water supply poses as a potentially serious health hazard to the human inhabitants on earth. High nitrate levels found in well water has been proven to be the cause for numerous health conditions across the globe. If we intend to provide for the future survival of man, and life on planet earth, we must take action now to assure the quality of one of our most precious resources, our underground water supply. Ground

Nitrates in Worlds Water SupplyNitrates contamination of the world s underground water supply poses as a potentially serious health hazard to the human inhabitants on earth. High nitrate levels found in well water has been proven to be the cause for numerous health conditions across the globe. If we intend to provide for the future survival of man, and life on planet earth, we must take action now to assure the quality of one of our most precious resources, our underground water supply. G

Many threatened habitats and species need our attention. However, while our imagination may see infinite possibilities for their conservation, some thought would immediately suggest the need for biodiversity conservation planning. We cannot save all that need saving, for there are just too many on the endangered list and our resources are finite. Rather than dilute those resources over many different targets, a wiser approach would be to tag certain species and habitats as candi

Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater Poses a Serious Health Threat Nitrates contamination of the world's underground water supply poses asa potentially serious health hazard to the human inhabitants on earth.High nitrate levels found in well water has been proven to be the cause fornumerous health conditions across the globe. If we intend to provide forthe future survival of man, and life on planet earth, we must take actionnow to assure the quality of one of our most precious resourc

Rain Forest With the increase of rain forest destruction that is taking place, it could take ten years for the rain forests to be destroyed for good. If we don't restrain or take action towards the destruction, there is no telling what will happen to the world. Most scientists have predicted that at the rate we are going there will be no rain forests left by the year 2050. Long ago, rain forests were capable of regenerating themselves until World War Two, because of technological imp

Acid rain is exactly what it suggests- rain that is acidic. The definition of "acid rain" is rain with a pH of below 5.6. Rain becomes acidic because of gases that dissolve in the rain. Approximately 70% of acid rain is a result of dissolved sulfur dioxide (SO2) which forms Sulfuric Acid. The remaining 30% or so comes from various Nitrogen Oxides (mostly NO2 and NO3 which has collectedly adopted the mane Nox). There is also a small percentage of hydrochloric acid that makes up hydrochlori

The importance of protecting our water resources cannot be overstated. In economic terms, Environment Canada estimates that the measurable contribution of water to the Canadian economy ranges between $7.5 billion and $23 billion per year. In environmental terms, water is the lifeblood of the planet. Without a steady supply of clean, fresh water, all life, including human, would cease to exist. Fortunately, Canada is blessed with an abundance of water. However, that abundance has led to misus

COMMUNICATIONS The phrase, "global ecology" is used frequently in contexts of concern for the world's natural resources. Strategies for intervention often make reference to the "biodiversity" for describing what must be preserved in ecological systems. This article argues that global ecological management interventions, such as "sustainable development projects," are actually strategies for developing a global capitalist economy. What emerges as the most significant feature of the interv

There are many important issues in the world regarding the environment and it's affects on the average person. Though, the one that hits closest to home, worldwide, is the trust that individuals have in the food that they consume. Yet pesticides are still found daily in foods all around the world. Pesticides are toxins that are used by produce growers universally to control pests that can destroy crops. These toxins are being ingested by humans in the forms of fruits and vegetabl

A Discussion on: The Evolving Brownfield Situation Real Estate Development Rick Woodruff October 20, 1996 Preface: Stan Wilson and I (Josh Simon), conducted our research on Brownfields together. Upon discussion we realized that our two papers would be almost identical in content. In order to prevent you from reading two similar papers we decided to collaborate our efforts into a single essay. We believe that the following paper is a comprehensive discussion of Brow

It promises to be a busy year for Maine Yankee, and for the Community Advisory Panel that is watching closely the decommissioning of the now-closed nuclear power plant. The 14-member panel will hold a day-long workshop Wednesday to discuss the dismantling and cleanup of the facility. At the top of the group s agenda is how Maine Yankee will store its nuclear waste. The spent radioactive fuel is expected to remain here until at least 2020, probably longer. I think that is the main issue, sai

O n April 26, 1986, a hellish white glow bejeweled a small, little-known town in central Ukraine, now notoriously recognized by the international community as Chernobyl. During the early morning hours of the twenty-sixth, operators had been running an ill-conceived experiment on reactor unit number four, during which a spike in the operating level of the core caused a catastrophic explosion. The resulting eruption of radionuclides, both from the initial explosion and from the subsequent fires,

Mexico is one of the countries that utilize alternative or renewable energies aside from its major power generating plants such as thermal and coal fired power plants. Renewable energy represents the production of electrical energy with the resources being provided by nature on a sustainable basis. Utilization of this renewable energy gives an alternative solution to the prevailing demand for energy. It also lessens or eliminates the emission of harmful threats to the environment cause by the us