Nature and the Environment

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"Nature and the Environment"

"Ecology or the study of nature and the environment involves us in the conservation of the earth. We are at a point in the history of civilization where awareness of our fragile relationship to nature and the environment is high. We are losing 3,000 acres of rain forest around the world and four species of plants and animals. More plants, insects, birds and animals became extinct in the 20th century than in any era since the Cretaceous catastrophe more than 65 million years ago the led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. The modification of human behavior in an effort to conserve nature is a complex matter. It is not an easy task to preserve the earth but it is essential, for us, too, could become an endangered species." (Gilbert H Muller pg. 608) The Long Island Sound is a vital resource used by both humans and wildlife. The quality of its water is an issue that effects everyone and everything. Scientific studies and continuous monitoring provide evidence as to what actions need to be taken to improve and restore the water quality. In more ways than one, the United States government has devoted much of its time to ensure the revival and protection of the Long Island Sound. There are many ways to help in the protection of the Long Island Sound. Various government agencies and organizations initiate projects beneficial to the Sound. The government donates grants and money for funding for the Long Island Sound. There are also bills and legislation passed by the government, which provides laws protecting the sound.

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The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) is a partnership devoted in the restoration and protection of the Sound. This partnership involves federal, state, interstate, and local agencies, universities, environmental groups, industry, and the public in a program to protect and restore the health of Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound Study has seven issues deserving special attention. "These...
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