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28 Jul 2010

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Is it sustainable?

Thesis - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

Over the past 4 decades, almost 20 percent of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has been cut down. This area is equivalent to the size of Western Europe. Scientists are now warning that another 20 percent will be lost in the next 2 decades (Wallace, 2007). Selective logging...

19 Jul 2010

Some useful tips for travel photography

Thesis - 2 pages - Ecology & environment

The prime goal of all travel photography is the enjoyment and satisfaction one can get out of it. Each new trip is an act of anticipation of excitement, a reason good enough to enjoy the travel and make it memorable with a camera. With a critical eye on one's own photography skill, one can keep...

13 Jul 2010

The Gulf oil disaster its effect on the environment

Thesis - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

Oil the most precious natural resource with respect to the current economy. Rapid industrial Growth has contributed to fast depletion of oil resources and forced humanity to rethink its strategy with respect to the exploitation and consumption of it. Countries make huge investments to locate and...

13 Jul 2010

Water - the liquid gold - Managing a scarce resource

Thesis - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

Picture this: You open your tap in the morning to brush your teeth, and all that you get is the sound of air! Though it sounds exaggerated at the moment, plenty of households throughout the world will face this crisis in the years to come. Often touted as the liquid gold, water is the most...

12 Apr 2010

Handling and disposal of low level nuclear waste

Essay - 2 pages - Ecology & environment

Low level nuclear waste includes materials which are not radioactive themselves but have become contaminated because of their exposure to neutron radiations. These items find their use in nuclear power plants, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, government and private development facilities,...

07 Apr 2010

Environmentally conscious recycling planning: Strategies and its optimal analysis

Thesis - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

This paper describes a stochastic production planning problem for an environmentally conscious recycling technique to adequately cope with unpredictable recovery rate of end-of-life products towards a more sustainable pattern of production. The model is formulated as a nonlinear integer...

05 Apr 2010

Climate change and green house gas emissions: issues and challenges in India

Essay - 7 pages - Ecology & environment

Green house gas (GHG) emission is a matter of grave concern across the world. The adverse impacts happen mainly in the form of climate change and global warming. Immediate steps are required to cut the emissions. India is the fourth largest emitter of GHG in the world in absolute terms. Being a...

05 Apr 2010

Utilization of solar energy: An alternative of conventional energy sources

Essay - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

The earth continuously gets the shower of radiation of the sun, which is the mother of all forms of energy-conventional or non conventional. The amount of solar radiation reaching the earth is called “insolation” -the short form for “incident solar radiation”. Solar energy is...

05 Apr 2010

Biodiesel-novel energy source with minimum CO2 emission

Thesis - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

Rapid growth in population coupled with industrial and technological developments is leading towards the depletion of limited fossil fuel resources of the world. Imperative concerns related to energy and climate change due to CO2 emission requires the large scale substitution of petroleum based...

05 Apr 2010

Co-gasification of municipal sewage sludge and asphaltene residue from refineries for production of synfuels/power

Essay - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

One of the gravest problems being experienced by non-oil producing developing country like India is spiraling prices of petroleum crude which has seriously inhibited growth of power sector thereby considerably decelerating the growth rate. Added to this, the explosion in the population of the...

05 Apr 2010

Mitigation of CO2 emission with CNG vehicles: A case study of Delhi

Essay - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

Recently, the CNG utilization in transport vehicles has been one of many measures initiated by the Government of Delhi, to solve growing deterioration of air quality of Delhi due to manifold increase in number of vehicles. In the present study, results of structured questionnaire based survey on...

01 Apr 2010

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Thesis - 1 pages - Ecology & environment

Hoodoos are defined as tall rock formations that have “totem-pole shaped bodies”, meaning they have thick and thin widths in the same formation (Bryce Canyon National Park, para 13). Height varies from one hoodoo to another, as they can be as small as a person or tower as tall as ten...

24 Feb 2010

Ecological census lab report

Thesis - 3 pages - Ecology & environment

This lab involved field work in Hammond Woods, Newton, MA. Here, we observed trees in two sites: an exterior and interior site. These two sites possessed different distributions of trees and their species. The exterior, or edge site, consisted of four different species of plants: the White Pine...

24 Feb 2010

Avian niche lab report

Thesis - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

Surrounding the Ecology subject, we were studying an ecological habitat and the animals that make it up. Their behavior and habitat preference is what most closely relates to this lab. The object of this lab was to attempt to draw connections between habitat preferences (or lack thereof), any...

24 Feb 2010

How climate change can be reframed as a carbon cycle management challenge

Thesis - 1 pages - Ecology & environment

The planet Earth's climate change has been given a considerable degree of attention by the human population lately. Detailed climate change patters, predictions and fact get unleashed every second of the day. Some aspects that can be closely analyzed when drawing conclusions on climatology trends...

28 Dec 2009

Historical development of coal and nuclear energy in China

Thesis - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

China is today the world's largest coal producer and consumer in the world. In 2006, the raw coal output amounted to 2.32 billion tones and installed coal fired power capacity reached 622 GWe (National Bureau of Statistics of China, 2007). Chinese dependence on coal for energy and electricity...

13 Aug 2009

Did the city of Toronto and the province of Ontario ban the right 'pests'?

Case study - 14 pages - Ecology & environment

Recently, a lot of attention has been paid to the issue of cosmetic pesticide use in Canada. For years, chemical pesticides were readily sprayed on gardens and lawns across the country, with very little consideration given to the fact that they might be harmful to the environment. However, with...

13 Aug 2009

Why people don't recycle

Case study - 7 pages - Ecology & environment

You and your fellow U.S. citizens “produced 4.4 pounds of waste per day during 2000. This is the equivalent of over 1600 pounds of trash per year per person or more than 220 tons of waste being generated each year.”1 Although recycling has been increasingly integrated into many...

11 Aug 2009

The rainforests: Deforestation and conservation

Thesis - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

Deforestation is a very real and very serious problem which we are being faced with around the world. Unfortunately, environmental issues are often put on the back burner in our government's policies. Although the destruction of our environment has been a pressing concern for many years, this...

11 Aug 2009

Coal in the North American Rocky Mountains: A mined resource

Thesis - 2 pages - Ecology & environment

Coal was formed millions of years ago in the cretaceous and tertiary periods, in swamps where ancient plants decomposed and filled swamps with bark, leaves and stems. In oxygenated, moving water, the plants were completely broken down by bacteria, but in stagnant water only certain...

30 Jul 2009

The role of multinationals and the environment

Thesis - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

A traditional corporation that operates within the bounds of a sovereign area is required to comply with the legal and social institutions of that particular area. In the case of multinational corporations however, the rules are slightly different. This is, in part, because the same economic and...

29 Jul 2009

The environmental impact of aquaculture operations

Thesis - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

Human cultivation has produced habitats specialized for artificially spawning and nurturing aquatic animals and plants in fresh and marine waters. By assisting to meet the market demand for seafood consumption, aqua cultural operations have yielded clear and significant financial...

03 Jul 2009

Fossil fuels or nuclear energy: Which is more eco-friendly?

Thesis - 8 pages - Ecology & environment

Human populations are growing at the fastest rates ever, and with this boom in population and standards of living, electricity consumption is growing. In 2007, there were 3891.7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity used, which is a 1000 billion kilowatt-hours or a 37.17% increase in use compared...

03 Jul 2009

The debate on global warming

Thesis - 6 pages - Ecology & environment

It seems like every night in the news for the past several years a similar story is being reported. All these stories, of course, have something to do with the issue of global warming. Global warming is a potentially dangerous problem for all people of the Earth, but is it real? Al Gore in his...

16 Jun 2009

Earth: The sphere

Thesis - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

Although earth looks very simple it is a complex planet, which is constructed out of three things: air, land and water. Air as we know is also called atmosphere that took 4.5 billions years to create as it is now and consisted of deadly gases in early years. It was created by erupting volcanoes,...

16 Jun 2009

From cell phones to MP3 players: How rechargeable lithium-ion batteries affect the environment

Thesis - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

Lithium-ion batteries one the most popular types of batteries used today. They are lightweight, have a high-energy density, and are less toxic to the environment than any other battery (Jensen et al. 1999). However, they still offer some undesirable effects to the environment. When not recycled...

08 Jun 2009

Non conventional energy sources: Future necessity

Thesis - 6 pages - Ecology & environment

Energy is the primary and most universal measure of all kinds of work by human beings and nature. Energy is also defined as the ability or the capacity to do work. We use energy to do work and make all movements. When we eat, our body transforms the food into energy to do work. When we run or...

07 Jun 2009

Clean water resource challenge

Thesis - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

Water is the main source of life and covers three fourths of all the land on earth. There lives millions of plants and small animals in the oceans, from witch billions of people depend on fish. Some nations also get fresh water from ocean water, that?s why ocean pollution is a dangerous threat....

06 Jun 2009

Endangered Amazon ecosystem

Thesis - 5 pages - Ecology & environment

The Amazon Rain forest is split between nine nations, with more then half of it in Brazil. The whole Rain forest covers five and a half million square kilometers and represents more then half of all the rain forests on earth. It is estimated that its age would be at least 55 million years and...

04 Jun 2009

Non-conventional energy sources

Presentation - 37 pages - Ecology & environment

This presentation talks about non conventional energy sources. First of all the presentation gives a clear definition about energy and different forms of energy. It then moves on to the explanation of different forms of non-conventional energy forms explained one by one beginning with solar...