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ESS3C - Human Impacts on Earth Systems


ESS3C - Human Impacts on Earth Systems

In this video Paul Andersen explains how humans are impacting the Earth through farming, mining, pollution and climate change. According to the NGSS wise management can reduce impacts on the planet. This will become more important as developing countries start consuming more resources. A K-12 teaching progression is also included.

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5 Human Impacts on the Environment: Crash Course Ecology #10

Hank gives the run down on the top five ways humans are negatively impacting the environment and having detrimental effects on the valuable ecosystem services which a healthy biosphere provides.

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Table of Contents
Ecosystem Services 00:51
The Importance of Biodiversity 04:07
Deforestation 06:42
Desertification 06:49
Global Warming 07:59
Invasive Species 08:51
Overharvesting 09:20

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Human Impacts on the Environment

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Human impacts on Biodiversity | Biology for All | FuseSchool

Biodiversity is the variety of life.
There are thought to be 8.7 million species on planet Earth. And, as we saw in this video, biodiversity is of utmost importance to humans.
The loss of one key species can have a detrimental impact on many levels; from other species of animals to plants to the physical environment, as shown by wolves.

Human activities are reducing biodiversity. Our future depends upon maintaining a good level of biodiversity, and so we need to start taking measures to try and stop the reduction.

In this video we are going to look at how humans are negatively impacting biodiversity.

As the world population has grown from 1.5 billion in 1900 to nearly 7.5 billion people today, unsurprisingly the land use has changed.

Habitats have been destroyed in favour of agriculture, forestry, fishing, urbanisation and manufacturing. Unsurprisingly, habitat loss has greatly reduced the species richness. Habitat fragmentation has also meant that populations have been split into smaller subunits, which then when faced with challenging circumstances have not been able to adapt and survive.

After habitat loss, overharvesting has had a huge effect on biodiversity. Humans historically exploit plant and animal species for short-term profit. If a resource is profitable, we develop more efficient methods of harvesting it, inevitably depleting the resource. As is currently happening with fishing and logging. The exploited species then needs protection. The difficulty is that the demand then outstrips the supply, and so the resource value rises. This increases the incentive to extract the resource and leads to the final collapse of the population. As happened with whales, elephants, spotted cats, cod, tuna and many more species.
Human activities are polluting the air and water.

Toxic discharge into the water from industrial processes unsurprisingly has a negative effect on the local aquatic species by killing, weakening or affecting their ability to reproduce.

Phosphorous and nitrogen in fertilisers run-off agricultural fields and pass into rivers. These surplus nutrients cause algae to bloom, which then starves other aquatic species of oxygen and light, causing them to die.

Acid rain is one consequence of humans polluting the air. This causes lakes and water bodies to become more acidic, killing off fish, molluscs, amphibians and many other species.

Huge impact humans have had on planet Earth is the introduction of alien species to habitats. In fact, it is estimated that on any given day there are 3000 species in transit aboard ocean-going vessels!

Alien species can cause problems in a number of ways… pause the video and have a look.

Throughout the earth’s history there have been periods of rapid climate change, that have led to mass extinction events. We are currently in a period of fluctuating climate, but nearly all scientists agree that human activities, like burning fossil fuels, are speeding up global warming.

We don’t know how much climate change is going to affect biodiversity in future, but it’s predicted to be huge. Loss of sea ice and ocean acidification are already causing huge reductions in biodiversity. Climate change alters temperature and weather patterns, with changing patterns of rainfall and drought expected to have significant impacts on biodiversity.

So there we have a selection of human-related impacts on biodiversity. There are much more, which a quick search on the internet will bring up.

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5 human impacts on the environment

Hank presents examples of how human activity can affect ecosystems. Created by EcoGeek.

Anthropocene: the age of human impact on Earth | Sustainability

You probably know the Cenozoic, Mesozoic or Paleozoic, but have you heard about the Anthropocene? For the last two hundred years humankind has caused such a negative footprint on the environment that some scientists describe it as a new geological age: the age of human impact on Earth or the Anthropocene.
Since the pre-industrial era, and especially since the second half of the last century, the degradation of the environment and the climate change caused by humans have increased at a rate never seen in any other time in history.

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Health Impacts of Pollution

032 - Health Impacts of Pollution

In this video Paul Andersen explains how chemicals can cause both chronic and acute diseases. A discussion of the five main types of toxins; neurotoxins, carcinogens, teratogens, endocrine disruptors, and allergens is including. The LD50 method of determining toxicity as well as a discussion of bioaccumulation and biomagnification is is included.

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Human Impact on the Planet - Assembly Video

I made this to launch our Science Week theme during assemblies at my school (Honywood School). Nice and emotional and a bit tear jerking...hope you like it!

Scientists want to record human impact on Earth

Scientists can't decide whether it's time to officially mark the age of humans. Either way, our impact is here to stay.

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Top 10 Impacts of Human Activity on the Earth

In this video I countdown the top 10 most adverse impacts on the Earth and the environment of human activity. It seems that every industry and venture leaves some kind of footprint, both long-term and short-term.

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1. Journalist Resource: The environmental costs and benefits of fracking:-
2. World Wildlife Foundation: Sustainable Seafood-
3. Consortium for Wildlife: What is Bycatch? -
4. Union of Concerned Scientists: Expanding Monoculture -
5. The Atlantic: The Battle for Biodiversity-
6. Live Science: Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects-
7. NCBI: The Effects of World War II on Economic and Health Outcomes across Europe
8. The Guardian UK:
Landmines still exacting a heavy toll on Vietnamese civilians-
10. Scientific American: The Downside of Dams-
11. Live Science: Cities Cover More of Earth than Realized-
13. Scientific American: Gigalopolises: Urban Land Area May Triple by 2030-

Human activities that affect the atmosphere

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Human Impact On The Environment

Video about the influence that humans have and are having on our planet.

Human Impacts On the Environment

Nature, rich in specie diversity, used to dictate human life styles. Today, however, through our progress we mold nature to our needs, destroying its integrity. Urbanization, population, deforestation, infrastructure, and pollution are all examples of human activities that cause habitat fragmentation leading to species' extinction. Unlike the gradual natural transformation of ecosystems so carefully conducted by Mother Nature, the human impact is fast paced and drastic, preventing an evolution of species to occur resulting in their extinction. Busy with our everyday lives we tend to be ignorant to the issues of our collapsing environment. Instead, we grow comfortable with the limited decorative nature of our private lawns, sculptured bushes, and innumerous golf courses. Hopefully, we will take action before it will be too late, when nature under all the pressures done upon it backlashes and reminds us of who is really in charge.

Big Idea 9: Humans Change Earth

Realize the many ways in which humans affect the Earth system, including other living things on Earth.



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