Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Conversation of the People

  • Animals are being endangered from drugs, such as vultures and wild dogs
  • Preserving biodiversity for its own sake is not an effective conservation strategy
  • We need to focus on protecting ecosystems, because it can be vital to human health
  • Saving sites will preserve biodiversity
  • Hot spots are very important to protect because they have high plant and animal diversity
  • We
    need to identify threatened areas with high plant diversity and protect
    them -the usual tactics are establishing national parks or reserves
  • It is key to protect communities and habitats-they typically house endangered species
  • many different ecosystems, such as wetlands and mangroves, protects people from lethal storms and weathers
  • some
    governments and the public are increasingly trying to create efforts to
    preserve biodiversity as elevating the needs of plants and animals
  • The hot spot phrase is not succeeded in capturing the public imagination or interest
  • A recent survey showed that only 30% of Americans have heard the term biodiversity
  • Many of the world’s least diverse regions are proven to be important seasonal homes, migratory stops or nesting sites
  • countries with harbor life raft ecosystems are conservation priorities
  • Ecosystem services are provisioning, regulating, cultural, and supporting
  • Critical and endangered habitats need to be protected
  • Conservation and human needs need to be aligned to help protect the environment and biodiversity
  • Conservation needs principles to guide it
  • humans are threatened when ecosystems and natural cycles break down
  • our environment will consist mainly of human-influenced systems
  • conservation and social issues don’t have many ties so it is hard to get public support to help
  • we need to protect the natural water and also wildlife
  • Poor
    farming and logging practices in the vicinity of the condor rejected
    area because of the new income it had serve and farm animals grazing too
    close to stream and river channels are the culprits.
  • Because
    our environment will consist mainly of human-influenced systems,
    biodiversity protection must be pursued in the context of landscapes
    that include urban centers, intensive agriculture, and managed forests
    and rivers, not just nature preserves.
  • Ironically, protected areas will most likely need to be intensely supervised to retain their “wildness.”
  • “DUST
    from degraded grassland ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa travels far
    afield in wind, harming coral reefs, tourism and fisheries in the
  • Protecting important ecosystems in one part of the world can also help people an ocean away.
  • Without
    a close connection between conservation and social issues, policies
    that protect biodiversity are unlikely to find much public support.
  • areas
    with a higher rate of poverty are basically more dependent on natural
    systems and their ecosystem services are severely degrading
  • In 2000 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Nature Conservancy
    and local Ecuadorian partners established a water fund
  • The fund has collected $4.9 million for supporting conservation, education and water projects upstream from Quito
  • more than 3.5 million trees have been planted in order to reforest denuded watersheds
  • "by
    eliminating wolves and mountains, people in the eastern USA triggered
    an explosion of deer and deer tick populations which has resulted in
    more than 20,000 new cases of Lyme disease annually
  • they are going to use cute, iconic figures to represent
  • Life Raft ecosystems are places that are stricken with poverty

New words or terms:
  1. harbor life raft
  2. hot spot
  3. endemic

Summary of the article:

The article was basically about the conservation of the bio-diversities.
The article talked about how scientists look at the conversation. The
article discussed some of the different biodiversity and how we were
trying to preserve them. They talked about the different ecosystems and
what was important about them, and how the country that they were
located in, where trying to preserve them.

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