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Conservation

What is Conservation?
The act of preservation and restoration of any flora, fauna and ecology from harm, neglect, damage or loss is known as conservation.

What do you need to know?
Our planet is in dire need of conservation. Conservation of wildlife, conservation of water, conservation of energy, conservation of soil, conservation of nature, conservation of life as we know it. The ozone layer that protects us from the harmful rays of the sun is wearing away. The list of endangered species of animals is growing at an alarming pace. Our energy sources are drying up. Places in Africa are suffering a shortage of water, and scientists believe that the situation could get a lot worse. We need to save our planet from ultimate demise.

What can you do?
The conservation of our planet may seem like a near impossible task, but in reality it just requires a bit of civic sense. After the adoption of the ‘Kyoto Protocol’ in 1997, there was a conscious decrease in the level of pollution. This decrease was short lived, but in that brief period scientists noticed that the ozone layer was actually healing itself. This proves that if given the chance, Mother Nature is capable of healing itself. If we could bring down the level of pollution on the planet, we just might save ourselves from impending disaster.

In Print
• “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things”
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, published by North Point Press.

See & Hear
• “The Age of Stupid”- Franny Armstrong.

On the Web
• http://www.conservation.org/Pages/default.aspx
• http://www.wcs.org/

2 Questions
• What are sanctuary zones?
A sanctuary zone is a no-take area, functionally directly equivalent to a marine nature reserve. Fishing and any other activity that disturbs the environment and its flora and fauna is not permitted. Sanctuary zones are selected to be representative of the marine park's habitats and to provide special protection to any places or features deemed to be of special significance

• How does using too much water affect water quality?
Removing too much water can change the natural flow of water in rivers or streams. If a certain level of flow is not maintained, the water levels can fall low enough to alter or even destroy, the habitat of fish and wildlife. If too much groundwater is harvested, the small streams and rivers that are fed by groundwater can dry up, and groundwater storage areas themselves may be depleted.

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.Glossary
Global warming:
the observed and recorded increase in temperature of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere.

Weather patterns:
when a certain type of weather repeats itself over a number of days, it is referred to as a weather pattern

The greenhouse effect:
The greenhouse effect, gets its name from the fact that the Earth’s atmosphere is similar to that of the glass of a greenhouse, in the sense that it allows the heat of the sun to enter, and then captures it. Greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere trap the infrared rays emitted by the Earth.
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