Environmental Crisis Midterm

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Environmental Crisis Midterm
2011-03-13 18:20:22

Environmental Crisis
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  1. Environmental Crisis
    All the undesirable consequences of the way humans impact this earth and its other living inhabitants.
  2. Charismatic Megafauna
    The largest animals, weighing over ten kilograms; these include wolves, deer, bear, the big cats, and elephants that people like.
  3. The Poor
    • 1.1 Billion
    • Live in shanties made with local material
    • earn < $700/pp/family/year
    • diet is insufficient grains/dirty water
    • Use things made from local biomass
    • use walking for transporatation
    • Countries: Africa, S. America, India, China
  4. The Middle Class
    • 3.3 Billion
    • Live in modern buildings
    • earn $700-7500/pp/family/year
    • eat grains/clean water
    • Use Durables materials
    • Use Bicycles, train, buses and other public transportation
    • Countries: India, Middle East, S. E. Asia
  5. The Counsumer Class
    • 1.1 Billion
    • Live in climate controlled buildings
    • Earn > $7500/pp/family/year
    • Eat processed frozen meats, foods and soft drinks, heavily packaged
    • Use disposable/throwaway materials
    • Use private automobile for transportation
    • Countries: N. America, Japan, Australia, Europe
  6. Consumerism
    The possession and use of an increasing number and variety of goods and services is the principal cultural aspiration and the surest perceived route to personal happiness, social status and national success.

    Author: Alan Durning
  7. Consumer Society
    • born in the U.S. in the twenties when brand names became household words,
    • when packaged, processed foods made their widespread debut,
    • when the automobile assumed its place at the center of the American culture.
  8. The tragic irony of the consumer society is...
    The consumer society has been quite effective in harming the environment, but not in providing people with a fulfilling life.
  9. 1. Key Feature of Exponential Growth

    2. A Key Point to remember
    1. Often seems to start slowly and finish fast

    2. a long history of exponential growth in no way implies a long future of exponential growth. What begins in slow motion may eventually overwhelm is in a flash.

    Author: Paul/Anne Ehrlich
  10. Population Stats
    • Year 1650: 500 Million People
    • Year 1850: Over a Billion
    • Jan 2010: 6.8 Billion
  11. Top Ten Countries with the highest populations amd make up 3.9 billion of the total 6.8 billion world population
    • 1. China 1.3 Billion poor/middle class
    • 2. India poor/middle class
    • 3. U.S. consumer
    • 4. Indonesia poor
    • 5. Brazil poor/middle class
    • 6. Pakistan poor
    • 7. Bangladesh poor
    • 8. Nigeria poor
    • 9. Russia consumer
    • 10. Japan 172 Million consumer
  12. World's Current Growth Rate
  13. Countries with lowest birth rates
    • Europe
    • N. America
    • Japan
    • Italy has the lowest at 1.2/woman
  14. Manifest Destiny
    God has impelled man to take over and to dominate the land. circa 1840's
  15. Transcendentalism
    Using nature to replenish your spirit
  16. Bioregion
    One of the many natural divisions of the planet, defined by flora, fauna, water, climate, soil, and land formations, as well as by human additions such as farms, buildings, and even golf courses. Boundaries of bioregions are determined by natural phenomena rather than political dominance.
  17. Succession
    Process by which a living community or biosphere is altered through time. For example, a pine forest that is destroyed by a storm might be replaced by a mixed hardwoord forest if the seedlings are in place, or by briers and brambles if not.
  18. Sense of Place
    "The key, I think, is to become vulnerable to a place. If you open yourself up, you can build intimacy. Out of this intimacy can come a sense of belonging--of not being isolated in the universe.
  19. Henry David Thoreau
    • Father of the Nature Essay
    • wrote a book called "Walden"
    • wrote an essay called "Walking"
  20. John Muir
    • inspired National Park System via Theodore Roosevelt
    • Yellowstone becomes 1st national park 1890
    • founded Sierra Club which preserves nature
    • Believes that God is in nature
    • Yosemite Valley settled here
    • Disciple of Transcendentalism
  21. Biodiversity
    The full array of living things, ranging from the smallest single celled organism to large mammals and giant trees and including the genectically dictated variations within single species as well as ecosystems made up of many independent species.

    Author: E.O. Wilson
  22. Biophilia
    A word that E.O. Wilson defines in his book Biophilia as "the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes."


    Love of nature and creatures
  23. Biophobia
    Fear of certain animals and/or biological plants or organisms.
  24. Sociobiology
    Genetics play a role in human behavior
  25. Monoculture
    The practice, increasingly used in world agriculture, of growing a single crop over a vast area to increase productivity. Monoculture has been shown to reduce biodiversity.
  26. Polyculture
    The practice of growing many different crops in the same area.
  27. Perennial
    Plants that persist year after year. In areas where plants die with cold weather, perennials grow back from root stock that survives the winter or dormant period.
  28. Ecosystem
    A community of species interacting with each other and with the physical environment.
  29. Reasons to Save the Environment
    Human self-interest, agriculture, morally right, deep ecology (save nature for nature itself) (has a right to exist), religious, decay, unknown, beauty, human re-creation
  30. Endangered Species Act of 1973
    • The law requires federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish
    • and Wildlife Service and/or the NOAA Fisheries Service, to ensure that
    • actions they authorize, fund, or carry out are not likely to jeopardize
    • the continued existence of any listed species or result in the
    • destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat of
    • such species. The law also prohibits any action that causes a "taking"
    • of any listed species of endangered fish or wildlife. Likewise, import,
    • export, interstate, and foreign commerce of listed species are all
    • generally prohibited.
  31. Endangered Species
    Animal and plant species whose survival is jeopardized by human activities such as logging, hunting, trapping, and mining. Equally threatening are practices such as high-tech whaling, driftnet fishing, burning or clear-cutting of forests, and spraying with certain pesticides.
  32. Threatened Species
    A wild species that is declining and likely to become endangered.
  33. Extinct Species
    Extinction, which is irreparable, occuring when the last member of the species dies. It is inevitable when members of the species lose their power to reproduce.
  34. Habitat
    Place where an organism or a community of organisms lives.
  35. E.O. Wilson
    The evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson is one of America's most dinstinguished and influential scientists.

    Postulates that genes determine behavior

    Authority on social insects (ants)

    Biophilia (affinity for life) must be ethical basis for human efforts to preserve diversity.
  36. The Noah Principle
    The smallest grub has the same right to exist as the biggest whale; so does every species of cockroach, every species of stinging nettle (all plants are included in these arguments), and even the microorganisms that cause malaria and syphilis. Anthropologists refuse to categorize cultures as "higher" and "lower" civilizations, because all have intrinsic worth.Biologists believe that there is no inherent difference in value between "higher" and "lower" organisms. All are precious, and human beings have a moral responsibility to each and every one. "It's a matter of stewardship" says E.O.Wilson.
  37. Niche
    Ecology . the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
  38. Carrying Capacity
    Ecology . the maximum, equilibrium number of organisms of a particular species that can be supported indefinitely in a given environment.
  39. Annual
    Botany . living only one growing season, as beans or corn.
  40. Potato Famine 1845
    Killed 1 milion people
  41. Bald Eagle
    • Endangered Species
    • 1782: 100,000 nesting pairs
    • 1963: 417
    • 2010: 6,000

    In 1782, bald eagle was chosen as national symbol. Ben Franklin wanted the turkey because eagles are scavengers

    1940: Bald Eagle Protection Act was passed
  42. Earth Day
    April 1970
  43. DDT Pesticide
    Was used for everything initially, but was banned in 1972.
  44. Florida is 4th in nation for endangered species
    • Spotted Owl
    • Florida Red Wolf
    • Florida Panther

    • Florida's endangered 40
    • threatened 26
    • species of special concern 50 (Barbour's Map Turtle)
    • Total 116
  45. Judeo-Christian Ethic
    Everything that God made was good. Man was made in God's image and likeness. Man is to take dominion over the earth.
  46. Lynn White
    wrote "The Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis"
  47. Lewis W. Moncrief
    wrote "The Cultural Basis for Our Environmental Crisis"
  48. Aldo Leopold
    • A conservationist.
    • devoted to wilderness conservation and wildlife management.
    • Was responsible for establishing the 1st designated wilderness area in the US which is the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.
    • Helped found the Wildernes Society in 1934
    • wrote "A Sand County Almanac"