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Department
Geography
Course Code
GEOG 1F90
Professor
Chris Fullerton

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GEOG1F90 September 15/2011
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- Humans began as solely hunters and gatherers and evolved into agriculturalists.
- With the discovery of oil, humans changed Earth immensely.
- Most humans now live in major cities.
- Humans began to exploit the Earth’s natural resources.
- Machines replaced humans in the fields.
- Most of the crops are no longer used for humans, but the animals we farm instead.
- 70% of the Earth’s water is used on crops.
- Humans use toxic pesticides and fertilizers on the Earth.
- The more Earth develops, the more meat is consumed.
- Use of grains to feed animals that are eventually slaughtered, when those grains
could feed the entire world, and then some.
- Our ways of life have become dependent on oil and other natural resources.
- The number of cars in Los Angeles is almost equal to the number of inhabitants.
- Other countries copy the American designing of cities.
- 80% of natural resources are used by 20% of the Earth’s population.
- No place further from nature is Dubai, yet no place relies more on nature than
Dubai.
- Most of the larger fish have been fished out of extinction.
- Humans exploit and destroy the resources our planet has given us.
- Resources are getting scarce.
- Fossil water used in desert like areas are non renewable.
- As we are depleting our water supplies allover the planet, water sales and
demands are increasing.
- Levels of seas, lakes, and other bodies of water decrease every year.
- There are 21 million wells in India, 30% of them are abandoned.
- Inhabitants of Las Vegas consume the most water in the world.
- The wetlands are 6% of the Earth’s surface and act as a sponge, curing disease
and pollution from water.
- In 40 years, the Amazon Rainforest has reduced 20%
- 95% of soybeans grown here are fed to livestock.
- 2% of Haiti forests remain.
- Half of the world’s poor live in resource rich lands.
- 1 human in 6 lives in an unhealthy, unsanitary and overpopulated environment.
- Hunger affects over 1 billion people.
- Humans released carbon dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere, upsetting the
natural balance of the world (creating global warming).
- ¼ of the Earth’s species can be threatened or extinct by 2050.
- Low line lands are threatened.
- Everything is unbalanced because of humans.
- 70% of humans live on coastal lands (water rising = bad).
- No countries will be safe.
- After natural disasters, people affected usually leave the mess behind and move to
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