Assignment #1

Part 1

I am currently a freshman at the American College of Thessaloniki.  I am a student from Northeastern University; however, I decided to study abroad my first semester of college through the Northeastern University international program.  I decided to attend Northeastern University because of their reputable business program, which I feel will fulfill my goals in becoming a successful business major, with a concentration in finance.  I am using this blog to give the reader more insight on my personal background and to share my thoughts about ecology and environmental science.  Throughout the course of the semester I would like to learn more about human population and the problems that overpopulation could cause for the environment and what we can do as humans to solve this issue.  Being from the United States I have recently heard a lot about the forest fires that are giving the western states a lot of trouble.  I believe that these are happening more often because of severe droughts.  I am from Louisville, Kentucky where the topography is a lot different from that of other states.  For example, in western Kentucky we have a lot of farm land with few mountains; however, in eastern Kentucky there are a lot of tall mountains and few farms.  Also, the Kentucky and Ohio river are major sources of water, transportation, and food for some people.  Lakes and ponds are also very common in Kentucky.  In eastern Kentucky there is a major problem with mountain topping, which is a method used for coal miners to mine coal.  This method of coal mining has a major impact on the environment because it destroys forests and contaminates local water sources.  Mountaintop removal destroys the habitat of several species, many of which might already be endangered.

(image from Wikimedia Commons, an example of mountaintop removal)

part 2

The tragedy of the commons is when an unregulated public resource becomes threatened or totally depleted because of overuse.  The tragedy of the commons could also be a result of a certain industry not being regulated in the way they run their business, which could lead to the depletion of a public resource.   An example of the tragedy of the commons that could lead to water pollution is the farming industry.  For example, if there are a lot of farms located next to a popular source of water, such as a river or any other large body of water, the water could become polluted if the industry is not regulated in the way they dispose of their herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. Also, if the farmers use chemicals that are harmful to the environment, then a large rainfall could lead to runoff into the local water sources without the farmers knowing it or doing anything about it.  If this is happening and the farmers are not being regulated then it could lead to the depletion of the food and water sources found in that area.  This could potentially be devastating to the local community because they could lose their main source of water or food.  One way that this issue could be resolved is if the government regulates where and how people farm so they do not use harmful chemicals.  Also, the chemical industry could be regulated by the government to make sure they are not making harmful chemicals that can be sold to and used by the farmers.

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One response to “Assignment #1

  1. Hi Evan,

    Your post for the first assignment is good. You presented an accurate answer for the textbook question but your profile response is quite short. The following include my feedback to your post:

    A) Make sure you make specific REFERENCES to your book. There is no indication in your answer that this is done. This will be a major requirement for your posts in the future.

    B) Enrich your posts further with MEDIA related to your answer and make appropriate hyperlinks to other related sites. Kentucky and Ohio River are not known to students and including media from your area will benefit many. Blogs give you the opportunity to enrich your assignments with more visual information. Use media for your future posts too.

    C) Please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS of the assignments carefully

    D) Be observant about CITING SOURCES PROPERLY (check document on moodle named “CITING SOURCES IN ECOLOGY 110”)

    E) Make sure that you change the settings to reflect GREEK TIME.
    Your settings show that you are 2 hours behind. Change the settings NOW

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