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This is sort of the wrong question. The idea of spaces free of humans is unique to Western scientific ideas. People live everywhere and have affected environments long since. When national parks and nature reserves are set aside there are nearly always native peoples who are displaced from their traditional homes. Rather we should speak of regions to protect from capitalist encroachment and exploitation. Again, this is a thorny issue because whatever we do, it is bound to be unacceptable to some group or other. The real question is who we feel we can ignore. The problem is that you cant actually balance these interests so easily. I mean we are drilling for oil which when sold makes us money without that money we are in even more trouble. And it's impossible to only take as much as we need because oil is non renewable and when it's gone it's gone. We can make new technology to make these processes less harmful but we cant stop them or balance them.
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Unformatted text preview: Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America. Bolivia is a party to Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands signed, but not ratified: Environmental Modification, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection. Bolivia is clearing land for two reasons: 1) the international demand for tropical timber and 2) to increase arable land for agricultural use. Deforestation is an issue in Bolivia, but it is Bolivia's issue, not tree-hugging pseudo environmentalists that think the world is theirs. Bolivia is a major player in the cocaine industry because of the demand in the United States and elsewhere. The demand for tropical timber by other countries is the primary reason for deforestation also....
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2011 for the course PHI 251 taught by Professor Jessieh.l.goldstein during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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