Environmental Ethical Issue. Sociology Environmental Term Paper

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Current events of the environmental ethics

Some of the major current events concerning the environmental ethics are the issue of global warming. One of the leading researchers (in the causes and effects of climate change; and in the field of allergies) in Europe has discovered that the burning of the fossil fuel that has increased over the recent past has resulted into the increase of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide facilitates the growth of the ragweed- an invasive plant- moreover; the hay fever is triggered of by this plant's pollen grains. Both early and long seasons of allergy are caused by the bloom of the birch trees as a result of the warmer temperatures (White, 1967).

Non-environmentally friendly behaviors currently such as the increased acts of war has not only affected the environment by impoverishing the natural resources but has also caused stress in the livelihood of the entire humanity. The relationship amongst the humanity has degraded as a result of the wars. The wars have also resulted in the increase of the world temperature that is the bombing of the oil wells and the destruction of the carbon sinks (trees) by the defoliant sprays during wars has increase the carbon emission into the atmosphere. Increased mechanization of farming systems has also led to the changing of ecosystems and the dwindled animal and plant biodiversity. Deterioration of the human health and right to life has being also some of the major occurrences in the environmental ethics.

Future anticipations of the environmental ethics

Some of the future anticipation is the increased tension due increased growth of the general population compared to the constant amount of natural resources. This will be worsened by the increased pollution rates that reduce the amounts and availability of safe water and clean air in the atmosphere. Poverty is also another factor, that is, the vulnerability of the poor is anticipated to heighten as humanity continues to ignore the environmental ethics. The poverty levels in Africa and some of the South American nations will be devastating as a result of the already poor state and the political and social inequalities experienced currently.

There are remarkably few studies available that examine the impacts of the energy use and availability in the developing states in future. However, few projections have been made as expectations in this sector. Even in the absence of the climate change, the developing states' recent and rapid pseudo-urban growth will lead to increases in the aggregate commercial demand of energy, further increased emission levels (due to the need to attain industrialization) as well as extensive land use and land cover changes (Zimmerman, 1994).

Conclusion

Politics play a significant role in the environmental ethics and thus, good political will as well as adopting of the global protocols such as the Kyoto protocol and the Montreal protocol are environmentally significant. Furthermore, methane is another major world concern with a global warming potential that is eleven times that of carbon dioxide and the numerous anthropogenic sources seems to worsen the situations.

References

Carson, R. (1962). Silent Spring. California: Houghton Mifflin.

Van, W., & Peter C. (1997). Primitives in the Wilderness: Deep Ecology and the Missing

Human Subject. New York: SUNY Press.

Varner, G. (1998). In Nature's Interests? Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental

Ethics, Oxford: Oxford University Press

White, L. (1967). "The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis," Science, 55, 1203-1207;

reprinted in Schmidtz and Willott 2002.

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References

Carson, R. (1962). Silent Spring. California: Houghton Mifflin.

Van, W., & Peter C. (1997). Primitives in the Wilderness: Deep Ecology and the Missing

Human Subject. New York: SUNY Press.

Varner, G. (1998). In Nature's Interests? Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental

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