Ecology Essays

Ecosystem Structure Function and Change

Select a representative natural ecosystem in your area or one that you are interested in—such as a lake, preserve, or park—that is managed for native species. * The major structural and functional dynamics (processes) of that ecosystem including change over time The major structural and functional dynamics on Elizabeth River Parkway in Elizabeth, Union & Hillside, and Union County NJ regarding the ecosystem brought attention to local authorities, and many habitats on this area. Using the information from professional’s studies…

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Schools of Thought Worksheet

General Terms Ecology is the science that studies living beings in relationship with biotic and abiotic environments. (Desjardins) Environmental Justice is being defined as a pursuit to equal justice and equal protection under the law for all statues and regulations without any type of discrimination based on socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and/ or race. (Rajzer, 1997) Environmental Science is a study on the interaction of living and non-living elements in the surrounding environment with emphasis on the impact of humans and…

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Mother Earth

Nowadays, people struggle a lot to return back what I lost. They do fun runs to raise fund for tree planting, make placards to disseminate campaigns and fine hard headed people for loitering around. I can now hardly breathe. Greenhouses gasses inside my body gradually increases as they are being trapped due to human activities that added more and more of these gases into my atmosphere. For example, levels of carbon dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas, have risen by 35…

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Food Chains, Food Web, Ecological Pyramids

In an ecosystem, plants capture the sun’s energy and use it to convert inorganic compounds into energy-rich organic compounds. This process of using the sun’s energy to convert minerals (such as magnesium or nitrogen) in the soil into green leaves, or carrots, or strawberries, is called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is only the beginning of a chain of energy conversions. There are many types of animals that will eat the products of the photosynthesis process. Examples are deer eating shrub leaves, rabbits…

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how We Can Reduce our Ecological Footprint

In today’s society we aren’t all that conscious about our ecological footprint, we are aware of it but we don’t really understand it or believe that us, ourselves, one person being conscious and mindful of how quickly we use resources and produce waste. Our current Ecological footprint is too big for our earth to handle and sustain, but a lot of people are starting to recognise how much we demand from the planet and have started to reduce their ecological…

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Human Ecology

As it is evident that the earth is in the verge of being overwhelmed by pollution and destruction and the only way to alleviate this is for humanity to “go green” or be more earth friendly. If I were given the money to do so, I would practice “go green” living. For starters, the car I would purchase would be a Honda Civic Hybrid. Hybrid cars are the alternative to cars that consume fossil fuels – main contributors to global…

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Elephant in the Room

There are many aspects about rural schools that make them less fortunate than other types of schools. The actual environment of rural schools sometimes makes it hard for their students to succeed. Poverty is the “600 pound gorilla” that is sitting on rural schools (Berliner, 2004). Rural schools are dependent on national and urban economics, and if the economy is not prospering, this also how rural schools fail. Because these schools are geographically and culturally isolated due to their locations,…

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my Thoughts and Reflections

Sustainability I hadn’t considered the inter-plays that exist between the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability, I subscribe to the three pillars of sustainability (figure 1), that is each has an impact but they are independent of each other. Figure 1: Three pillars of sustainability Source: Wallis, A. M., Graymore, M. L. M., & Richards, A. J. (2011) p.596. Class discussions and research enabled me to see the interactions between these pillars and I started to contemplate sustainability more…

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World Environment Day

Environment Day is a special day to condition of environment. It is important that every age of person should contribute and plays a very important role for creating the awareness. As I mentioned above that Environment Day is celebrated each year on 5th June. It is considered to be the most special and important day introduced by United Nations. Now the question is that what people do on this special day? I would like to mention that Environment Day is…

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Reflective Journal Sustainability

“Sustainability” is definitely not a new term or a new concept to me but it is only related to urban development in Hong Kong. After starting this course, I discovered that my horizon needed to be boarded to global level. I can see that sustainability can be related to many things, not only urban development but also business and our life style, how we live can seriously impact how long the planet can last for, and even would affect our…

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An Alien Species

An alien species (also known as ‘exotic or nuisance species’) is the entry of any species into the ecology of which in the past it was not a part of. This species can travel to the new ecosystem from a neighboring ecosystem or from another part of the world. An alien species can cause damage or harm to animal, plant and human life thus completely disrupting the ecosystem. Two of the alien species that have seriously affected the other inhabitants…

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Environmental Science

Our world looses 40,000 species a year, while ocean fisheries collapse and global warming threatens ecosystems from the coral reefs to the melting of the North Pole poles to the grain-producing mid-latitudes. There is a greater need than ever before to understand ecosystem processes, man’s impact on these processes, and the value systems that will determine our future interactions with our own ecosystem. Conservation is akin to problem solving, hence the emphasis on the art of solving problems and the…

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Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (nba)

1. Introduction: To accelerate the progress of sanitation in rural areas, Government of India is implementing from 1.4.2012, the ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA)’, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme [earlier Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC)]. Similarly, to provide drinking water to rural population in adequate quantity, the Govt. of India is implementing a centrally sponsored Scheme called the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). New Delhi: The union cabinet Wednesday gave its approval for restructuring of “Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan”” into “Swachh Bharat Mission”….

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Classification and Marine Biodiversity

Important Background Information that you need to know and understand: (Understand the Key Concepts) Key words: binominal system of naming; science of classification is taxonomy; species; levels of classification (know them); dichotomous identification key; 5 kingdoms; etc… CLASSIFICATION Our oceans have a great variety of life forms. Thousands of new species are discovered each year. We need to identify, name, and know the biology of all the marine species. To understand this huge array of species, a simple classification system…

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An Ecosystem as a Community

Introduction An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.[2] These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows.[3] As ecosystems are defined by the network of interactions among organisms, and between organisms and their environment,[4] they can be of any size but usually encompass specific, limited spaces[5] (although some…

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