China loves Pandas, which are endangered. They eat a lot of bamboo.
I. Organisms in Their Environment
1. The Hierarchy of Ecology
ecology - this study of all processes influencing the distribution and abundance of
organisms and the interactions
In European countries like Sweden, there are a lot of elderly. In less developed nations, there
tends to be a much younger average age.
I. Humans and Population Ecology
demography - the field of collecting, compiling, and presenting information
Many countries are dealing with water shortages.
I. Water: A Vital Resource
97.5% of water on the earth is saltwater, remaining is freshwater; renewable resource;
streams, rivers, lakes, bays, and oceans all contain water and represent ecosyste
Researchers (REEF) are working to protect aquatic species, namely coral reefs
I. Ecosystem Capital
provisioning services - ecosystem services that describe the material or energy outputs
from ecosystems, include food, water, and other resources
Social changes have led to decreases in fertility rates.
I. Predicting the Demographic Transition
demographic transition - shift from high birth and death rates to low birth and death rates
A. Different Ways Forward
World Bank study of developin
DDT: harmful pesticide; Environmental Protection Agency was created
I. A Paradox
Paradox: a statement exhibiting contradictory or inexplicable aspects or qualities
Environmentalists Paradox: over the past 40 years, human well being has been stea
Devastation of Panamas tropical forests/chytrid fungus have left golden frog populations low.
Species may face extinction when multiple limits affect them.
I. Dynamics of Natural Populations
population - group of members of the same species livi
China is an economic superpower, but chinese cities are incredibly polluted
The Ministry of Environmental Protection exists, but is not effective
Economics and the Environment
Economics: the social science that deals with the production, dist
I. Characteristics of Ecosystem
there are predictable patterns to the distribution of ecosystems around the globe
biomes - ecosystems that have a similar type of vegetation and similar climactic conditions
A. Trophic Levels, Food Chains, and Foo
River dolphins are threatened due to pollution, dams, and fishermen
I. The Value of Wild Species and Biodiversity
$2-$4.5 trillion a year is lost because of ecosystem degradation
A. Biological Wealth
Number of species on earth ranges from 5 to 3