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Industrial & Environmental Revolution & Biogeochemical cycle

Describe the Industrial Revolution. How has it impacted the environment and the way that humans use natural resources?

What triggered the Environmental Revolution? When did people become more focused on environmental issues? What are the goals of the Environmental Movement? Do you think that we should continue to pursue these goals? Why or why not?

Biogeochemical cycles describe the cycling and recycling of elements in ecosystems. In your own words, describe the cycling of carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen through both the living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components of ecosystems. And, describe how humans have impacted each of these three cycles.

Questions 1 & 2. Describe the history and importance of the Industrial Revolution, and the Environmental Revolution. What are they? How have each of these impacted the natural environment and our perception of the natural world?

Question 2. There are many good resources that describe these three cycles, including your text, chapter 3. Please develop a one-paragraph summary for each cycle in your own words that briefly describes the cycle. How does each element (C, N, and P) move from the living to the non-living parts of the ecosystem. Then explain how human activity has impacted the natural cycles for each of these three elements.

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Describe the Industrial Revolution. How has it impacted the environment and the way that humans use natural resources?

In the last part of the 18th century, a new revolution gripped the world that we were not ready for. The Industrial Revolution was a dramatic change in the nature of production in which machines replaced tools, steam and other energy sources replaced human or animal power, and skilled workers were replaced with mostly unskilled workers.

The industrial revolution first got its start in Great Britain, during the 18th century, which at the time was the most powerful empire on the planet. So, it was inevitable that the country with the most wealth would led in this revolution. After it adoption in England, other countries such as Germany, the United States and France joined in this revolution.

Impacts of Industrial Revolution on environment and the way that humans use natural resources

The Industrial Revolution, was not a good revolution for the planet.

?From the time of its start, the factories and industry has increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by two-folds.

?Also in our drive for consumerism, our planets natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate.

?Pollution by nuclear waste, pesticides and other chemicals are also the result of the Industrial Revolution.

?Working conditions were harmful

?Capitalists employed women and young children, making them work long and hard hours.
The industrial revolution was a time for change. For the better, or for the worse.

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What triggered the Environmental Revolution?

Environmental staffs in the 1960s were non-existent or combined into other departments such as plant utility service groups. Earth Day in 1970 was just one of the more visible events that triggered a wave of demand for environmental professionals.

Many of the acute problems of environment triggered the environmental movement. Thirty years ago, the public was galvanized into action over pollution that in their back yard. The problems were urgent and obvious to all. The public outrage provided the motivation for Congress to enact new, far-reaching laws.

When did people become more focused on environmental issues?

Environmental staffs grew exponentially from the 1970s through the early 1990s, developing methods to maintain compliance, clean up contaminated sites, and better manage risk. Environmental professionals rose in level and stature as their budgets and influence in the companies increased. Officer level positions were created beginning in the mid 1980s and senior environmental managers were allowed near the inner circles of power for the first time. The size and influence of regulatory agencies and the EPA, in particular, grew in prominence.

What are the goals of the Environmental Movement?

The goals of the Environment Movement were the improvement of water ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides information on Industrial & Environmental Revolution and their impact on the environment. It then answers some basic questions regarding the revolutions. It then provides information on the three important biogeochemical cycles, that is, carbon, nitogen and phosphorus cycle and impact of human activities on these cycles.

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