- Swimming Pigs
- This article talked about how tourism can affect the lives of animals. In the Bahamas, tourism had gone up greatly. Meaning that more people are visiting the islands. A popular sight to go to is Big Major Cay, to see the swimming pigs. It has been recently reported that the death toll for the pigs has gone up. It was later addressed that the deaths of the pigs were because of the increase tourism. When the tourist would go see the pigs they would throw food at them in the sand and the pigs would go and snort it up taking not only the food but the sand as well causing them to die.
- I chose this article to reflect on because it was one of the most interesting articles I had read over the course of the school year. I learned that something such as tourism can affect and maybe even wipe out a species because of the poor actions humans are making. Every action a human being makes could potentially affect the environment. It is up to us whether we affect it in a positive or negative way. This relates to what we learned in class because we are constantly talking about what we can do to keep animals from extinction and in this article the pigs are going down in population and we are the main cause of that.
- Tony Pugh, 6 Years after Deepwater Horizon Tragedy, US Issues New Drilling Rules.
- This article talked about The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that took place in 2010 in the gulf of Mexico, which is also known as BP Oil Spill. This was one of the biggest tragedies in environmental history. BP Oil company was drilling for oil in one of the many wells in the gulf of Mexico. Killing 11 people and severely injuring 14, and destroying an entire area of underwater wildlife. This Oil spill had a huge affect on humans and animals living around the incident. Because of the spill destroying so much wildlife it took and is taken a long time for everything to be back to normal.
- I chose this article for reflection because it was one event in my life that I vividly remember from when I was little. I learned about how they drill for oil in the ocean and how they do it. I remember watching coverage of it on the news. I was actually very fascinated by it and i also remember feeling bad as a kid. To see the images on TV of the ocean a mess it made me sad to think that something as beautiful as the ocean was being destroyed by an oil spill. This relates what we have talked about in class because we have talked about hydraulic fracturing and if something went wrong when drilling it could affect many people, like the oil spill affected the fish in the ocean.
- In this article it not only talks about the effects overfishing has had just on fish, but also on other sea animals as well. While overfishing is affecting fish populations it is also having a great affect on other animals, such as dolphins, sea turtles, and sea birds. Beginning in 1954 when different and more industrialized ways of fishing were introduced, numbers in fish being caught had gone up rapidly. With more fish being caught than necessary and needed, it is harming the ocean greatly.
- I chose this article for reflection because it is a huge problem today. I learned that over fishing and the methods fishermen use such as trawling can affect the biodiversity of the ocean and also the dolphins because they are getting caught in the netting. This relates to what we have learned in class because we talked about overfishing and how it affects the ocean so greatly.
Part 2-I really enjoyed reading articles on environmental issues and then reflecting on them. I feel as though it made me more aware of what is going on in the world. In order to find the articles I would first go on national geographic first and if I didn't find anything interesting enough I would go on a database provided by the school. I think I learned more about how environmental topics are connected to political views. I really enjoyed commenting and reading my classmate’s blog posts. It gave me another topic to learn about in a quicker way and also showing me their views on the topic. I think that the process I and my classmates went through was very good and I would personally not change anything about it. I feel that I learned from reading articles about environmental issues and I also learned a lot of my classmates through reading their blogs. I really enjoyed blog posts and it is probably my favorite part about Environmental Science this year.