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Environment 5 7-14

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Environment 5 7-14

  1. 1. The Environment 1
  2. 2. A relatively stable community of organisms that have established interlocking relationships and exchanges with one another and their natural habitat is called an ecosystem. 2
  3. 3. The Growing Urban Environment 3
  4. 4. What Mike Davis refers to as a Planet of Slums 4
  5. 5. The City of Seoul 5
  6. 6. Seoul slums 6
  7. 7. Brazilia Brazil with adjacent slums 7
  8. 8. Caracas Venezuela 8
  9. 9. Caracas Slum 9
  10. 10. Buenos Aires Obelisco 10
  11. 11. Buenos Aires Slum 11
  12. 12. • In 1950 there were 86 cities in the world with a population of over a million. • Today there are 400 • By 2015 there will be at least 550 Davis, 2007 12
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  14. 14. Mumbai India 14
  15. 15. Mumbai India 15
  16. 16. Mexico City 16
  17. 17. Mexico City 17
  18. 18. • In 1800, 3 percent of the world’s population lived in cities. • By 1900, 14 percent of the population was urban • At present almost half of the world’s population is urbanized. 18
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  20. 20. Pollution from cities 20
  21. 21. The Killer Fog of London, 1952 21
  22. 22. London at noon 22
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  24. 24. San Jose CA 24
  25. 25. Shanghai on a bad day 25
  26. 26. Deforestation 26
  27. 27. Amazon Forest 27
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  32. 32. Global Warming at the Maldive Islands 32 These islands may disappear by 2100
  33. 33. Kiribati Islands are sinking right now. 33
  34. 34. One of the options canvassed by the Kiribati parliament is to migrate to a floating man-made island in the middle of the pacific. Something like this: ok, the more serious option is to move to Fiji 34
  35. 35. More than 160 nations forged an agreement called the Kyoto protocol. It called for a reduction of carbon emissions—the primary culprit in global warming. This agreement was not signed by the US. 35
  36. 36. Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009. Who wrecked the deal? China or the US? Nothing was binding. Little accomplished. 36
  37. 37. Politicians and Science 37
  38. 38. Water! 38
  39. 39. Over one billion people on this planet do not have safe drinking water. 39
  40. 40. Global commons from space 40
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  42. 42. Each year thousands of children die because of the quality of drinking water. 42
  43. 43. Eight to eleven thousand people die every day from water related diseases. 43
  44. 44. Privatization of the world’s water • In 1990 51 million people in the world got their water from private companies. • By 2002 that number had grown to 300 million people. 44
  45. 45. The major water companies: • Suez, Veolia, and Saur of France • Thames Water of England • RWE of Germany (now owns Thames) 45
  46. 46. The three largest water bottling companies: • Nestlé (including Perrier, Arrowhead, Vittel, Pellegrino, Calistoga, Ice Mountain, Deer Park and Poland Springs brands) • Coca Cola (Dasani) • PepsiCo (Aquafina) 46
  47. 47. In 2003, 3 million plastic water bottles went into the trash each day in California alone. Only 16 percent were recycled. (Barrons in P.O.V.) 47
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