- Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's use of Earth's natural resources and personal resources. People that use this method reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. I personally believe I could use sustainable living.
Fossil Fuels vs. Renewable Energy
You know the debate between Fossil fuels and Renewable Energy, but which one is better? All of you should know that we are going to run out of fossil fuels eventually. It's going to happen so why not transfer to renewable energy? Even though it may cost a little more, it's helping our environment! We NEED to keep our environment clean and healthy. Not doing that can kill off species of both plants and animals. Why risk lives? Save the world! Go Renewable!
Everyone should recycle. It helps save energy. If you recycle you make manufacturers not have to make something completely new from raw natural resources. Recycling keeps production cost down and reduces the need for landfills.
It takes 50 years to decompose.
It takes 1 million years to decompose.
It takes about 250-500 years to decompose.
Depending on the size, a log takes 10 years to fully decompose.
It takes 2-5 months to decompose.
Plastic Grocery Bag
It takes 500 years to forever to decompose.
It takes 500 years to forever to decompose.
It takes 80-100 years to decompose.
It takes 6 months to decompose.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch
It is highly impossible to clean up all of this debris. There is a chance we could help stop so much going into the ocean by not throwing trash on the beaches or in waters. It is highly impossible, but something needs to be done.
5.Desert- a dry, barren area of land (North and South America, Australia, Africa)
Abiotic factors- a lot of sunlight, little to no precipitation, sand, little vegetation
Biotic factors- scorpions, lizards, snakes, coyotes, spiders, cacti, & stonecrops
Tundra- a vast, flat, treeless Arctic region (Alaska, Canada, Rissia, Greenland)
Abiotic factors- strong winds, rainfall, short summer days & long and cold winters, permafrost layer
Biotic factors- polar bears, arctic foxes, wolves, falcons, caribou, mosses, & liverworts
These are caused by excessive nutrient pollution from human activities. It comes from the Mississippi River. A high quantity of nitrogen and phosphorous is what the Mississippi River is draining into the Gulf of Mexico. This is caused by runoffs of fertilizers, soil erosion, animal waste, and sewage.
To help reduce this problem there are some solutions. We can use less fertilizers, control animal waste, monitor septic systems and sewage treatment facilities, and just limiting the discharge of nutrients, organic matter, and chemicals from manufacturing facilities.
Grizzly Bear- keep dow several species, such as elk and moose. They carry and deposit seeds throughout the ecosystem. The bears that eat the salmon will usually have remains which leave nutrients for the soil. Without grizzly bears the elk and moose would overpopulate, plants wouldn't produce as fast and would most likely decrease, and the soil wouldn't be getting the right amounts of nutrients it's used to. The ecosystem would slowly die out. There wouldn't be enough good soil to grow as many plants which means the elk and moose wouldn't have much to eat.
Sea Otters- eat invertebrates, especially sea urchins. Helps keep the kelp alive. Without sea otters, the sea urchins would overpopulate and eat all of the kelp and destroy it. This would get rid of food and shelter for most of the ecosystem. Everything that used kelp to survive would die off.
Red squirrel vs. Grey squirrel- The red squirrel is native to Britain but as soon as the grey squirrel was introduced to Britain, it adapted to the parks and gardens replacing the red squirrel.
Cheetahs vs. Lions- Cheetahs and lions have the same prey. They both know that eventually they will run out of a food source. Sometimes the lion will steal the food of the cheetah. If this keeps happening, the lion will then become the dominant species and the cheetah will eventually have to find a new location/food source or die off.
Getting to Know Your Vocabulary...
10.Coexistence- the living together of two species in the same habitat EX: The elephant and giraffe coexist in the safari. They both graze upon taller trees.
Parasites- feeds off the prey causing harm but not death immediately EX: Ticks take the blood out of animals. Tapeworms attach themselves to the inside of animals intestines. They deprive animals of nutrients for food.
Mimicry- phenomenon through one species has evolved to assume appearance of another EX: The Robber Fly mimics the bee to scare off potential predators. Owls camouflage themselves as trees from predators.
Mutualism- interaction between two species that benefits both of them EX: The oxpeckers go on the backs of rhinos and eat the parasites that are on the rhino. This gives the bird food and the rhino has pest control. Bees land on flowers to get the nectar to form honey, while the flower gets its seeds pollinated.
Commensalism- interaction between two species where one benefits and the other doesn't EX: Barnacles attach to whales for food and shelter. Mites attach to wasp, flies, or beetles for transportation.
Today humans are moving more carbon into the atmosphere when they burn fossil fuels and forests.
Global dimming usually affects areas with a great amount of factories who produce aerosols. The Northern Hemisphere is more affected than the Southern Hemisphere. Europe and Russia are the main places for global dimming along with Asia, North America, and Antarctica. It is a problem because we aren't getting enough precipitation. This causes droughts. It also causes acid rain, smog, and respiratory diseases in humans.
The carbon cycle has been releasing more carbon from the factories. This effects the greenhouse effect because it has been increasing Earth's temperature. It produces more CO2 in the air.
These species become extinct from changing environments or predators. If the species were a keystone species then the environment would overpopulate with plants/animals it doesn't need, not grow properly, or weaken the ecosystem in general. An example of an endangered species is the Sea Otter. We should care about the endangered species because a lot of them help the ecosystems evolve. Without these species our world would change and not for the better. Our food supplies in the oceans and lakes would change. Our forest would change. Everything would fall apart.
Lion fish- They prey on the native fish and have venomous spikes. Arrived through aquarium trade at Morris and Whitfield in 2009.
Zebra mussels- Competes with native species, gets rid of nutrients in the water, and clogs pipes. Arrived through ballast water.
These affect the environment because they can flow into streams or seep through the soil into ground water. This affects species in the rivers, lakes, or oceans. They also can poison people, livestock, or wildlife if not taken care of properly. Pesticides can change the gene pool of plants. This changes the crops production by making it rely on certain substances.