Environment and Society- Part 2

Book tidbits:

For this week, I picked three chapters that stood out to me…

Carbon Dioxide:

As this chapter primarily talks about the premises and parameters of Carbon Dioxide, it goes into detail about different aspects. For example, in a short history of CO2, it mentions photosynthesis and how it and animals are involved in the Carbon Cycle. I think that knowing the carbon cycle is one of the most important and basic environmental pieces. I do like how it goes into detail even in tons and how it is involved in the earth’s crust.

Another important aspect is mention on the Greenhouse effect on page 146 and 146.  An important quote that stood out to me was “But if a buildup of gases increases the level of heat-trapping over time, it can be reasonably predicted that global temperatures will rise” (Pg, 147). Another topic I think was worth mentioning is greenwashing. I think this is something that happens on a daily basis. For example: using other kinds of water bottles than plastic ones.


This chapter stood out to me as a zoology major and conservationist, especially the story about wolf “832F.” I loved this section touched on the geographical location of wolves and biodiversity and role they play. Especially the part on the speciation and ecosystem roles they play as apex predators. I think the chapter is correct in its information with the wolves in relation to species, habitats, and their bio-role.

The next few pages touch on the laws and ethics involved in NEPA and conservation biology, and resource management. This is not only applicable to wolves on many levels, but many zoology related topics and animals. The last thing I want to touch on is the section of Social Construction: Of Wolves and Men (crossed out) and Masculinity. Touching on the geographical aspect of the subject is something I would not have thought about, yet appears relevant. Talking also about the wolf as a hunter and “man” as well is also interesting.

Bottled Water:

One thing I want to touch on is the stereotypical feel from this chapter on bottled water, yet truth in it as well. It talks about common property and how that process and definition means and works. It also goes over the life cycle analysis of the environmental impacts of the product and the risks associated is assessment, perception and communication.

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Project update:

This week, the course of my project changed slightly. Since Janelle and I noticed there was more debris and green waste in the Delaware run than trash, we are now going to use the nets to collect more green waste and debris and then some trash. We are going to test for Nitrates, phosphorous, pH, Total suspended solids, ammonia levels, chlorine levels, dissolved oxygen levels and temperature with the new parameters. We will be testing for some of the things with a HACH kit. This will continue into next semester and summer.

On Sunday Janelle and I met at Panera for a few hours and we hashed out the details of my TPG including wording for most parts, budget for the entire project and the summer and my…wait for it….INTERNSHIP with her and the city this Summer!!!!!!!! YAY!!!

Environmental news:

Wild Chimps Share Food

Chimps in Ivy Coast from Tai National Park had a study conducted on them about sharing food (animal behavior) in relation to other monkey’s. It was shown that neither dominance, harassment or size mattered to the monkey’s with larger fruit in accordance to sharing. Sharing is something that has to do with human societies and evolution. Results of this study showed Chimpanzees were selective in whom they shared their larger items like honey, fruit or meat. They shared with chimps that were their friends.

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Female Dance Flies

This article talks about how female dance flies are most attracted to males with the largest abdomen sacs. Rhamphomyia longicauda is the species that is being studied. The female partner displays sexual ornamentation to attract mates to fertilize her eggs. Scientists studied dance flies and how they use abdomen sac size and leg scales to attract mates.

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