Reading Response 5 Isak Dinesen shoots an iguana with the intention of using the skin for aesthetic beauty. She fails to understand the reality of what she is trying to do. I feel the unequal distribution of power between the gun and the iguana may represent humanity's domination over animals. Dinesen alludes to the negative impact of humans on planet earth and our parasitic nature when she quotes a saying of a hero in a book she had read as a child: "I have conquered them all, but I am standing amongst graves" (73). My own experience in "shooting an iguana" involves hunting and capturing sand crabs.
Many groups are working to make people aware of orcas in captivity and avoid future reoccurring problems like this. Wanda, the first orca captured in 1961, was found off of the coast of california. (orcaaware.org) This large predatory marine mammal soon became
In one instance, the parent attacked a human who approached their babies. (fws.gov). The Northern Snakehead has made quite an economic impact on the areas it has invaded. Since it destroys ecosystems, money has to be spent on pesticides to attempt to wipe out the species. When the pesticide is placed in a pond, it kills every fish in that pond.
Carson postulates: “Man can hardly recognize the devils of his own creation” (Carson 800), and thus is not honestly examining the long term effect of environmental change. In the excitement to control insects, chemical companies have caused small towns and farming communities to become guinea pigs for experiments involving pesticides. “The Flight of Rachel Carson” continues the theme of chemical effects upon birds of prey by opening with Geoffrey Norman’s observations concerning the disappearance of osprey, bald eagles, and brown pelicans. He develops an analogy of their plight to the life and struggle of Rachel Carson to stop the use of DDT. Just as the birds struggled against a hostile environment, Carson combated angry chemical industrialists and governmental agencies whose philosophies and purposes collided with her own.
With over 1m wild alligators in Florida versus a human population of 17m humans, there’s lots of opportunity for conflict. The beasts can grow to 12ft and their lethargic appearance has misled many a startled holidaymaker, within a flash they can snap their jaws and even run up to 30m.p.h. There are actually Gator Hunters operating in Florida to deal with the problematic reptiles. Obviously the animals know no boundaries but they do not seek human attacks and they usually try to avoid us, however sometimes things go wrong. Pestering, tormenting and throwing food to gators is usually the root cause.
As of now, no funding has been granted. The Nile monitor has heavily impacted the native species because of its diet. For example, with the American gator being on the “threatened” list, with the Nile monitor feeding on the young gators or even the nests of eggs, which could potentially bump the gator on to the endangered list. Some efforts have been made to try to trap the Nile monitors in Florida, but without the proper funding, it has been too costly to continue. Until the money is right with the state, the war of habitation is being won by the Nile
Asian Carp Invasion David Long University of New England The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently began fighting an invasive fish called the Asian Carp. These fish are causing problems around the world destroying fishing industries and eco systems. There are four species of the fish, of the two the bighead and the silver carp are the closest to invading the great lakes. The bighead carp can grow up to one hundred pounds and the silver carp are known for jumping out of the water when frightened and scaring boaters. These fish pose a significant threat to the great lakes due to their large size and feeding habits.
Paine has been arrested twice before and she's getting fed up with it. Paine believes Dusty Muleman has been dumping sewage from the boat's holding tank into the ocean at night. However, Noah and his younger sister Abbey visit the marina, and see that the Coral Queen will be re-floated and back in action by the end of the week. Paine's act of protest
The poisons will kill fish and the reef in which the fish live because there is no precise way to deliver it. The fishermen will dump the poison on the water in a likely spot and catch what floats up. The problem with poison is that it does not choose what it kills, so it kills reefs and poisons the area for new generations, then the fishermen go on to another area to repeat the destruction. [ (Coral Reef Destruction and Coversation) ] 2. Red is the endangered areas In image 2, the most endangered reefs are in areas that are considered “Third World”, where populations have limited access to education.
To do that, they diverted ¼ of the Athabasca River towards their mines. With all that water coming in, the excess water is used for tailing ponds; these ponds are where the toxic waste is dumped. Unfortunately, birds are unable to tell the difference between real ponds and these toxic ponds. So when these birds enter these ponds, they die a preventable death. The second huge impact the Alberta Tar Sands has is on the people.