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The following is our list of articles that relate to the environment.


Acid Rain: Fixing Our Problems

Acid rain is a problem that effects everyone that comes into contact with it. It can be bad for the plants and animals in an area, as well as be bad for our personal health as human beings. Here you will find some policy options that are available to those who make public policy, both on the national and local levels, that can help to reduce the negative effects of acid rain, and help to improve public awareness about the problem. Read more...


Appalachian & Ozark Country: Changes in Their Economic Base

The Appalachian and Ozark Regions of the United States have, in recent decades, been economically moving towards tourism and recreation. There are positive and negative aspects of this trend, including the negative effects that increased recreation and tourism have had on those regions' environmental quality. Read more...


Are the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 Working to Reduce Acid Rain?

Are the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 working in helping to reduce the amount, and effects, of acid rain? Keep reading and find out. Read more...


Counter-Urbanization in North America

North American cities have long been in a period known as counter-urbanization, which includes very slow growth, or declines, in population, as well as business and commerce in the central cities. What has caused this to take place, and can we expect this trend to change? Read more...


The Dust Bowl

A weather phenomenon took place in the 1930's that was known as the Dust Bowl. Find out more about this event, as well as some lessons learned from this horrifying event. Read more...


Ecosystems: Function, Structure, Affecting Factors, & Government Involvement

We will describe what is meant by the function and structure of an ecosystem, as well as provide factors that can positively or negatively affect regional ecosystems, and provide an example of government involvement when it comes to managing ecosystems. Read more...


Exploding Population in the California Region

California's rapidly expanding population has caused some deterioration to the state, as well as putting increased strain on the state's resources. How can this trend be reversed? Read more...


 

 


Forestry on the North Pacific Coast

Forestry has long been a source of controversy, often putting loggers and environmentalists at odds with each other. There are some environmental dangers to clear-cutting logging techniques, as well as some possible alternative methods of logging that are more environmentally-friendly. Read more...


Global Warming: Its Possible Effects on Weather Patterns

For the last several years scientists have been studying what they refer to as global warming. They have come up with some hypotheses as to what will happen concerning tornadoes and hurricanes. What are these hypotheses, and what finding have they discovered to back up their claims. Read more...


Government Assistance in Water Withdrawals from the Ogallala Aquifer

How has the United States government actually helped in increasing the amount of water that has been withdrawn from the Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains? Read more...


Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Features, Wildlife & Plants, & Management

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located in northwest Indiana, on the shores of Lake Michigan. The features of this area will be described here, its wildlife and plants, as well as the management practices that are used to keep this natural landscape intact. Read more...


Lake Michigan: its Location, Form, History, and Management

Lake Michigan is a spectacular natural feature that has blessed those who are able to enjoy its presence, beauty, and natural power. Here we will quickly discuss its location, form, history, and management. Read more...


Las Vegas & Salt Lake City: Their Functional Roles, Economic Bases & Their Water Issues

Two of the major cities in the U.S.'s Intermontane West are Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Let's discuss their functional roles, economic bases, and how they are both dealing with water issues. Read more...


Lessons Learned From the Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl of the 1930's was quite devastating to the Great Plains. Let's examine the factors that lead to the formation of the phenomenon known as the Dust Bowl, the damages caused by this phenomenon, and any lessons learned from this horrible event. Read more...


Native American and First Nations Claims in the Boreal Forest Region of North America

Ever since the days that European people colonized and settled the vast lands of North America, Native Americans, also known as First Nations, have been trying to make claims to their ancient homelands in order to gain more control of those areas. The same holds true for those native groups that were part of the vast boreal forest region in the northern part of the continent, that stretches from Alaska in the west to Labrador in the east. Let's give a quick history overview of these claims, as well as future impacts of these claims, both legitimate and non-legitimate claims. Read more...


Protecting & Preserving the Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands have long been a tourist destination for people from both North America and Asia. What can we do to help protect and preserve its beautiful and fragile environment, even with increasing tourism, land use, and population growth? Read more...


Proposal: How to Deal With Water Problems on the Great Plains & Elsewhere

What can be done to solve the water shortage problem on the Great Plains, while, at the same time, solve flooding and drought problems elsewhere? Check out this proposal. It may be the answer we are looking for. Read more...


Raising Fish, Such as Salmon, in Fish Hatcheries

An ever-growing part of the fish that we eat, such as Salmon, is being raised in fish hatcheries, as opposed to acquiring these fish the traditional way - by fishing them from the wild. Let's discuss some species of fish that are raised in hatcheries, including Salmon, and how they are raised in these hatcheries. Read more...


Rapid Growth in Florida's Cities

There are several reasons for why Florida's cities have been growing at an extraordinarily high rate. With this growth, there are both positive and negative effects to the state of Florida. Read more...


Reducing Overfishing Off the Atlantic Coast

What can be done to stop overfishing in the North Atlantic Ocean off of the coast of North America? What are the issues at stake, and what can be done to help guarantee the existence of the fishing industry into the future? Read more...


Reducing Urban Sprawl

In the United States is a phenomenon known as urban sprawl, which has caused for a rapid decrease in the amount of farmland and green space in peripheral lands that surround that urban sprawl. What are some ideas that we can start to practice that would help to slow the rate of growth or urban sprawl, or use smart-growth policies that can better control the growth of the always-expanding metro areas? Read more...


The Regions of North America

Below we will divide the North American continent into regions, give their popular regional names, and briefly describe what states or areas are included in each region. Sometimes the regional name is based on natural geography, such as mountain ranges, and that other times, they are based on culture and use of the land. This article should help you understand the geographic nature of North America better. Read more...


Rocky Mountain Mining Industry: Anaconda-Butte & Southwestern Wyoming Regions

Mining the natural resources of America's west has long been a mainstay of the economy of the western United States. It has been this way ever since people from the U.S. started settling out west. Two examples of this western mining industry, both the Anaconda-Butte Region in Montana, and the Southwestern Wyoming Region, will be explained in more detail below. Read more...


Should the U.S. Produce Oil on Alaska's North Slope?

Should the United States be allowed to develop its oil reserves on Alaska's North Slope? We will discuss this issue, and talk about alternative energy sources, environmental problems that are connected to this issue, as well as the energy demands of American consumers. Read more...


Too Many Visitors to the Rocky Mountain Region a Problem

Although people like to travel out west, as tourists, to visit the Rocky Mountain Region, too many visitors can actually be a hazard to this region. Let's discuss some measures that could be taken to help resolve this issue. Read more...


Using Education to Socialize People as Good Citizens

When it comes to having a healthy, stable, and functional society, it really becomes important to note how education plays a role in helping to create the kind of citizens that are needed to have that kind of society. So, how can education help to do this? Keep reading and find out. Read more...


Water Controversies in the Intermontane West: the Implications

There has recently been some water controversies in the Intermontane West Region of the United States. There are many implications to these controversies for those on both sides of each issue. Read more...


What is Kudzu?

What is kudzu (pueraria lobata)? Where does it come from, and has it had any good or bad impacts on the part of the United States where it grows the most - that is, the southeastern U.S.? Read more...


Why Should We Preserve Our Wetlands?

There are ecological, as well as economic, benefits to preserving our wetlands. There are some policy strategies that could be implemented to help protect our wetlands from further development. One particular example, to which we need to pay attention, is the role that depleted wetlands played in the catastrophic damage that occurred on the Gulf Coast in 2005 because of Hurricane Katrina. Read more...


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