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    You have been asked to prepare a presentation for the annual convention of Citizens for a Greener Planet, a national environmental group, on the idea of sustainable development.
    1. Define sustainability.
    2. In your own words, describe the cycling and recycling of carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen through both the living (biotic) and nonliving (abiotic) components of ecosystems.
    3. Explain sustainability and stewardship by discussing either
    A. the factors that brought about the collapse of the Easter Island civilization.
    B. the events to the ongoing deforestation of the Amazon rain forest.

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    Sustainability is defined by ecological economics as addressing the relationship between ecosystems and economic systems in a broad sense. A goal of environmental economics is sustainability. Sustainability is the continuity of the economic, social, and institutional aspects of human society while at the same time preserving biodiversity and the environment.

    Cycling and recycling of Carbon-Carbon is found in carbon dioxide, which makes up less than 1% of the atmosphere. A portion of the atmospheric carbon is removed through photosynthesis, where carbon is incorporated into plant structures and compounds; and dissolving into cooler ocean waters. Carbon is ...

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    Sustainable development is defined in the eyes of sustainable environment. A verbal description is given how three biochemical cycles, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus, are recycled through the environment. Environmental studies have shown how sustainability and stewardship relationships are involve in conservation and restoration development.