Humans and the Environment - Making an Impact


The Aral Sea in Asia is almost drained completely! Due to irrigation, rivers no longer reach the sea, drying it out. Is it too late to save it? Local fishing towns and Ablaykhan Qulmuratov ; Engineer at the Northern Aral Sea Dam, give their side on this devastating situation.

Cotton farms, were build by the rivers for easy irrigation uses. Soon, the rivers were completely redirected to farms and they no longer reached the sea. The Aral Sea started to dry up, and over fifty years, the Sea has lost over 90 percent of its water. The Aral Sea once was the source for tens of thousands of fishing companies. Now, due to the high salt levels in the water that make survival conditions low, many companies have gone out of business. The devastation of the sea has affected millions. Even the rivers going to the sea are drying up, causing several farms to lose business. People fear it may be to late to save it, others might say otherwise. Either way, we cannot standby while this happens, for more information on how to save the Aral Sea, visit

Could Recent Acts of Growing Companies Affect Human Survival?

Deforestation is the act of cutting down trees for various reasons. It its most commonly used in Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico. Deforestation is affecting the world in two major ways. 

  1. Trees absorb Carbon Dioxide, and releases oxygen, which we need to survive. If companies continue to cut down trees, our oxygen levels will decrease potentially causing sicknesses such as emphysema, bronchitis, and, pneumonia.
  2. Thousands of animal and plant species go extinct every year, most are outcomes of deforestation. Scientist predict that the ratio of know species to unknown species is 2:7. We could be killing off animals that we don't even know of yet.

Building collapses! 

This morning, in Washington D.C., one of the most industrialized cites in the country, the Lincoln monument collapses. Inspectors say that the beams that held up the monument were wearing away. Records show that the PH levels in rainwater in and around the D.C. area are at an all time high. Could Acid Rain be the cause of the destruction of this monument? 

Acid rain, is when chemicals and pollutants are evaporated and mixed with rainwater. Washington DC and other areas such as Germany's Black forest and Scandinavia are affected by this.


If that doesn't pump you up, I don't know what will. The Ring of Fire is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. 

The Ring of Fire, creates many trenches such as, the Aleutian Trench, The Middle-American Trench and the famous Mariana Trench. The Ring of Fire boarders the 'Pacific Plate' measuring over 100 million square kilometers. Thousands of active volcanoes also boarder the plate, thus the given name, Ring of Fire.  Many Earthquakes happen on this causing many volcanic eruptions. 

The Great Galveston Hurricane

The Great Galveston hurricane will go down is history as the most devastating Hurricane ever. Its winds reached 150 MPH and it killed over 12,000 people. The Great Galveston Hurricane made made landfall on September 8, 1900, in Galveston, Texas, in the United States. This devastating storm remained a Category 4 until three days after it made landfall. 

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Humans and the Environment - Making an Impact

by sydneydombrovskis


Public - 10/7/16, 2:38 PM