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Human beings have become an increasingly powerful environmental force over the last 10000 years". Humans all together have changed the composition of the planets environment and atmosphere. We have made the land we live on suitable for our needs but neglected everything else that lived there before us. The amount of people on the planet has increased a lot during a short period time and most of the population is moving from the suburban areas into more urban areas. It causes a conflict because it makes places more crowded and makes living for wild life impossible since it is taken over by humans. This problem of more people moving to urban areas cause the demand for expansion in certain regions which means more conduction and less area for animals to live. The increase in population in urban areas is due to the fact that immigration has increased and the people who migrate to the urban area bring up the fertility rate in this region. People migrate to urban areas mainly due to the job opportunities available to them, more school and services like health care and entertainment are a lot more accessible that in rural areas. The environmental effects of urbanization are a serious matter because the people use too many resources within that area which leads to more waste and pollution and makes the quality of life poorer for people. This means that they are more prone to sickness and disease. “In china during the 1970's, the urban populations consumed more than twice as much pork as the rural populations who were rising the pigs”. Since people in rural areas tend to grow and raises their own food it leads to a healthier diet and therefore healthier people but, the urban population tends to have a poor diet which usually consistent mainly of fast food since its more convenient for people to find a restaurant nearby in the city. Moreover, the urban population is more likely to have more electronic goods and a higher quantity of them then people in rural Ares. This means that in urban areas we consume more energy than we really need just because of how easy it is to get a television or even 5 televisions in these areas as a pose to rural areas where cars and electronics are less popular to have. Urbanization also effects global warming due to the amount of Co2 and fossil fuels we use every day to sustain those kind of living conditions. This also causes more air pollution less snow fall because of the heating of that area. Intern, many of these unhealthy living conditions can cause serious health issues in these regions ad increase the is of infections and illness and the chance of it happening to a denser population. Overall urbanization is not good at all in terms of the planet and its longevity because it takes a lot of energy to maintain the services and to keep up with the demand of the growing population which leads to the use of more carbon emission and fossil fuels being used. Urbanization: An Environmental Force to Be Reckoned With. (n.d.). Retrieved November 27, 2015, from http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2004/UrbanizationAnEnvironmenta...

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Most of the agriculture in developed countries such as United States or Canada is now industrial-style agriculture. This means that farms are extremely large, highly specialized, they use a lot of fossil fuels and pesticides. Essentially, they became big factories. Some people consider this as a success. But is it? It impacts our environment and economy a lot. Only now we begin to realize what the price we should pay.

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Agriculture causes many environmental problems such as the contamination of water from all the pesticides used to soil erosion, but the process of getting a land ready for agriculture is also damaging, especially in developing country. As we can read in the article “Burning questions” by the Economist, in Indonesia and many other countries, they set fires to clear the lands for palm oil for example.

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In the article “Why the World is saying “no” to the North Pole” published in The Globe and Mail, it is stated that the countries surrounding the North Pole are signing an accord to prohibit commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean.  Indeed, 40% of this ocean is accessible during the summer.

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           In this article, David Sim informs the readers about the Great Aletsch, Europe's biggest glacier. It currently spreads through the Swiss Alps for 23 km. However, climate change is affecting this long river of ice, and it might not be there for people to see in the future. Even with 1km of thickness, it’s melting faster than it can replenish. Since 1870, at least 3km of the glacier was retreated, and that pace is not slowing down. The speed of the ice being retreated is only increasing with time.

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Journalist Barrie McKenna discusses the potential of one of Canada’s most abundant natural resources: water. Should Canada consider exporting water to other countries, such as the United States, for profit? McKenna says we should.

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