“One’s vision is only as far as one’s horizon.” — Quote by Richard Hopper

•February 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“Man has gone from being vulnerable to his environment to where today he controls the future of the entire global environment and life on earth” – Quote by Richard Hopper

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Until recently, all life evolved through genetic mutations.  Then along came modern homo sapiens.  Like all other plant and animal species, previous types of human had similarly evolved primarily through genetic mutation.  Beginning with what is referred to as the Neolithic Revolution, however, the cultural developments of modern human began to replace genetic mutations as the primary method of evolution and adaptation for humans.  First came such primitive developments such as fire, shelters, the use of animal furs as clothing, stone tools, and the first forms of art and jewelry.  Eventually, modern humans were to spread out of Africa to all parts of the globe and build more and more sophisticated civilizations.  The result is that by today, human culture and civilization have reached the point where they have the potential to drastically alter or even destroy all life on earth.  As such, both the future of mankind and all life on the planet will greatly depend upon decisions that humans make about their relationship to their environment.  Such decisions, in turn, will depend upon the quality of information and understanding we have about the environmental challenges.  So, in a very real sense, the future of mankind requires improved education.  With this in mind, the purpose of this website is to provide photographs, charts and other graphics about global environmental problems that students can use in their student research projects.

Change is a matter of “perspective.” What changed our perspective of our earth habitat was seeing it from space as a unique blue planet or “Spaceship Earth.”

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Since the Apollo Moon landings, remote satellite sensing techniques have made it easier for us to see what impacts humans are having on earth’s environment. The example illustrated below shows increased deforestation in the Amazon rain forest as a result of human tree-cutting and clearing the hand.

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Extend of Amazon rain forest deforestation in the State of Rondonia in Brazil in the year 2000.

Extenf of Amazon rain forest deforestation in the State of Rondonia in Brazil in year 2009.

Another impact that humans are having on the environment, which can be seen from satellite remote sending technolgoies, is increasing global temperature warming (blue is cooler, and red is warmer)

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Global temperature change – 1900-1910

Global temperature change – 2000-2009

Finally, still another example of global warming is increasing drought in the American southwest, and thus reduced lake levels such as Lake Powell as illustrated below.

•February 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Water levels in Lake Powell in 1999 (water is blue color)

Water levels in Lake Powell in year 2010.

It is all a matter of perspective. How we See or Define Our Enviroment is How We See or Define Ourselves

•February 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment