Animals

Silent Seas

The oceans are in trouble because noise is being drowned out. I recently read an article about how CO2 emissions are being rapidly absorbed by the ocean and this is increasing ocean acidification. This is causing a lot of trouble in the ocean because many ocean creatures use sound to find mates, locate the reefs and find food but ocean acidification is making this difficult. One creature is a small snapping shrimp, called pistol shrimp; they live in the coral reefs and snap their claws to communicate.

Mammal for Change

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This year marks the 10th in a race to bring up bison numbers across North America. Now at this anniversary bench mark, the effort to save the bison have been touted as a success, the first success of its kind for America’s conservation programs. So much so that America has decided to name the bison their national mammal. Around thirty-thousand Bison now roam in their native habitat, however thirty thousand is actually less than one percent of the original population, so why the celebration? The answer is that very few thought that the American bison would survive at all.

Goodbye Sea Ice = Goodbye Polar Bears

Imagine being responsible for the extinction of the world’s largest bear species. A bear species that has adapted to surviving in the harshest environmental conditions, yet is threatened by the activities of humans. This article tells us that within the coming years, the human contribution to climate change and the effects of this environmental phenomenon may ultimately make this tragedy a reality for the polar bear.

The Bison: A Resource Management Decision that can Change a Nation

As this article “Bison to return to Montana after 140 years in the Canadian wilderness” describes, bringing the bison back to the United States is a resource management decision meant to solve long-standing conflicts between many different indigenous groups and settlers of the region. Over time, the bison, also known as the buffalo, became part of many tribes’ spiritual identity as they often depended upon bison for their way of life including food, clothing and shelter.

Arctic amplification: not just an issue for the polar bear.

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Common to the issue of climate change in the Arctic is the photo of a polar bear on an ice floe. While polar bears certainly are suffering as a result of climate change other Arctic species should not be forgotten. An article from the CBC by Bob McDonald summarizes two interesting reports on the climate change impacts on caribou and Arctic flora. According to the article, endangered Peary caribou are having to spend increasing amounts of time and energy travelling between islands due to a reduction of sea ice between the islands as a result of climate change.

Sea World Vs Orcas

The article "Sea World", written by Lauracohen4, talks about Sea World capturing a lot of animals and using them to entertain the public and get money from them. It explains how people started to realize that the areas of the Orcas weren’t good for their needs. In top of that, the Orcas are said to be harmless in the wild. However, they are to their instructor. Also, Sea World is telling us that Orcas can live 30 years old while in fact they can live 90 years old. Sea World said that it was their last generation of Orcas in the park.

Race and Its Consequences

For centuries, race was believed to be a legit basis for the social classification of groups. Although it is scientifically proven that race does not exist in the human genome, people still choose to believe it is real. This is due to the fact that " what is defined as real its real in its consequences" according to the Thomas theorem. As stated in class, the dominant group imposes the concept of race because it benefits them. Because of this, people are negatively affected by this social concept. 

The Physical Traits of Race

We tend to believe that we can classify individuals into certain categories based on their “race”. After taking this anthropology class I realised that we, human, do not know much about “race”. In this essay I will provide reasons on why my view on the concept of race started to change. 

Highway threatens wildlife in the Serengeti: economic development or conservation of the environment?

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The Serengeti is a huge grassland that covers 15 000 square kilometers and is home to a huge diversity of species. Its name, derived from the Maasai language, translates into “endless” or “extended”. The Serengeti’s most famous feature is the wildebeest migration that is known to be the largest land mammal migration on Earth. The vast majority of this migration happens in the African country Tanzania. In order to ensure its economic well-being and improvement, the government of Tanzania was willing to approve the building of a highway that would cross through the Serengeti National Park.

Should Orcas Be Kept in Captivity?

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The article from BBC news called, “Can Orcas Ever Be Healthy in Captivity?”, reveals a great deal about the controversy around keeping orcas confined. The article talks about Sea World’s decision to terminate the breeding of orcas, meaning that the 29 orcas currently residing at Sea World would be the last to be kept in captivity. Consequently, the organization also indicated that it would cancel its previous plan to double the size of the orcas’ tanks and add multiple features for the benefit of the whales.