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ID number:384969
Published: 16.02.2009.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: 15 units
References: Not used
Table of contents
Nr. Chapter  Page.
  Annotation    2
  Introduction    1
  Ecological Problems in the World    3
  Air and Water Pollution    4
  Acid Rain    5
  Ozone Layer    6
  Solid Wastes    7
  Global Warming and its Consequences    8
  Influence of Ecological Problems on Flora and Fauna    9
  Ecological Problems in Latvia    10
  Pollution in Latvia    11
  The Baltic Sea Pollution    12
  Differences and Similarities between Ecological Problems in the World and in Latvia    14
  Conclusion    16
  Bibliography    17
  Appendix    18

The nature that is surrounding us is seriously sick and ecological conditions we live in get worse every day. Less pure water is left on Earth and the air… What do we breathe? Pollution has almost reached critical limit. The lack of concern for our planet is the main reason why there are today so many endangered species and why pollution can be seen in all corners of the world.
Since ancient times Nature has served Man, being source of his life. For thousands of years people lived in harmony with environment and it seemed to them that natural riches were unlimited. But with the development of civilization man’s interference in nature began to increase. Large cities with thousands of smoky industrial enterprises appear all over the world today. The by-products of their activity pollute the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we grow grain and vegetables on. The pollution of air and the world’s ocean, destruction of the ozone layer is the result of man’s careless interaction with nature, a sign of the ecological crises.
The biggest pollutions on our planet are the result of fossil fuels use. Modern society is simply unthinkable without gasoline, oil, and coal, as they are dominating industrial world. The governments of rich states instead turning to alternative energy resources like wind energy, sun energy and geothermal energy are still more focused on decreasing the pollution caused by the use of fossil fuels rather than search for acceptable alternatives. Also, alternative energy resources are only used in rich countries in order to decrease the pollution in their own lands. To make things even worse, rich countries transfer their own dirty industries to poor countries that do not have nor the appropriate knowledge nor the means to even think about ecology. People still do not have so much needed ecological conscience and do not see that they are only ones responsible for salvation of our planet. It is probably too painful to admit our own mistakes and try to fix them before it is too late. Some small steps have been already done but it will take much more these steps on global level in order to make the difference.…

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