IRG Reading Response Week 8

IRG Reading Response Week 8 - while other species became...

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Andrea Pinilla Dr. Anderson IRG- 40235 October 22 2014 Reading Response Week 8 The rise in demand for space and energy in order to sustain the population explosion following World War II became increasingly threatening to the environment, particularly in the preservation of biodiversity. As more people popped up around the world and with only limited amount of space for them, governments often turned to deforestation to give these people land to use and occupy. The deforestation of rain forests, home of many diverse animals and plants, had dire effects on biodiversity. As McNeill and Engelke note, most animals displaced by the destruction of their habitat could not adapt to the new landscape created by humans and died
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Unformatted text preview: while other species became exploited through poaching and hunting (438). With the increase in population also came the need for energy to fuel electricity and other every day necessities. The burning of fossil fuels resulted in higher concentrations of carbon dioxide and chemical wastes in the atmosphere and oceans. Carbon dioxide in the oceans proved to be detrimental to aquatic life as some organisms experienced difficulty developing their exoskeletons due to the increased toxicity of their environment (McNeill and Engelke 423). If these human activities continue unregulated, it could lead to animal extinctions that could in turn drastically reduce the biodiversity in our world....
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