Community All the animals and plants living in one area within an ecosystem. Several communities can be in one ecosystem. Members of an ecosystem can belong to multiple communities.
Ecological Pyramid Ecosystem (biggest) Community Population (one species) Organism (smallest)
Balanced Ecosystems Balance ecosystems remain stable. Predator and prey populations will always be in balance Interrelatedness –A change or removal of one feature in an ecosystem may affect the entire system.
The Jurassic Era’s Al Gore Long-term Climate Change
Long-term Human Activities Human caused forest fires Pollution entering ecosystems Over development (building roads, logging, over irrigating) Over hunting (bringing species near extinction)
Long-term Introduction of Nonnative Species They may have no natural predators to keep population in check. Brings in unnatural food and habitat competition They may become an unnatural predator, and wipe out another species.
1. Fossil Fuels Any carbon based fuel formed from the remains of plant and animal life. Coal, oil, and natural gas Nonrenewable Resources -any resource that is used faster than it can be replaced. We are running out of them Inefficient, dirty energy source
2. Solar Power The sun produces enough energy a day, to power the USA for one year. Solar power is renewable –Any resource that can be continually replaced. Harnesses the energy by using solar cells The problem is storing the energy.
4. Water Power Dams are built on fast moving rivers to create large holding places for water. Running water spins the turbines to generate clean efficient hydroelectric power. The building of dams can be very destructive to the near by ecosystems.
Is Water a Renewable Resource? Thirst for WATER.PPS
5. Geothermal Energy The energy from heated steam/water within Earth’s crust near beds of molten magma. Hot steam and water are used to turn turbines to generate power. Problem is only a few areas of the world have access to this form of energy.
Nuclear Power BAD NEWS -radioactive waste which can’t be disposed -power plants only last 30 years, then need to be completely shutdown -fear of meltdown
Efficiency of Energy Energy is lost each time it is converted to another form. Fossil fuel burning plants only 30-40% efficient.
How Can We Be More Efficient? Use alternative energy Use and Make vehicles that are more fuel efficient. Make Mass Transit more available Use energy efficient appliances. Be aware about how you are using your electricity at home.
Manmade Air Pollution 1. Particulates (PM) -dust, smoke, asbestos 2. CO and CO 2 gases -products of any combustible fossil fuel 3. NO 2 and SO 2 –formed from burning fossil fuels which lead to acid rain. 4. VOCs and ozone –volatile compounds that can cause breathing and health problems -increase in smog
Manmade Water Pollution Water is our most vulnerable resource that is polluted by: –Industrial Waste –Pesticides (DDT) –Fertilizers (causes Eutrophication) –Boat oil/gasoline spills –Pouring chemicals down a drain. –Flushing the toilet
Reducing Pollution Using non-fossil fuel burning efficient energy. Reducing Use –save electricity, carpool, buy less Reusable Products Recycling –Town make money from people recycling more, reducing taxes. –Buy materials made from recycled materials
Recycling Batteries Paper Glass and cans Most plastics (check for the triangle)
What else can we do? Reuse!!!! Compost Use less plastic (green bags instead) Think how “Stuff Happens” after we do things. Remember in the words of Bill Nye, –WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD