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The End of Nature Assignment 1. Biosphere All living things on earth. (138) 2.

. Biodiversity Example: the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, which may contain the most diverse conifer forest in the world, with seventeen cone-bearing species in a square mile. (156) 3. Climate Change long-term changes in global weather patterns due to human activities. (25) 4. Environmentalism A movement to protect nature. (147) 5. Interconnections Example: Feedback loops such as global warming releasing methane, resulting in more global warming. (15) 6. Natural Selection Example: Shrubs eventually replacing trees in upstate New York. (30) 7. Nature A set of human ideas about a separate and wild province to which man adapts, which the author believes will die. (41) 8. Natural Services by Nature not mentioned 9. Sustainability Methods of development that dont lead to the end of nature. (162) 10. Tipping Point A point after which it becomes impossible to reverse the effects of environmental damage. (xiv) Chapter 1: The author introduces the idea that humans are having an enormous impact on the earths climate. The changes in the atmosphere due to carbon dioxide emissions and the feedback cycles started as a result of it are introduced, as are other man-made phenomena such as the ozone hole and acid rain. Chapter 2: The author expands on the end of nature as an entity beyond the control of man and how it might affect human psyches and spirituality. Chapter 3: The author explores how the unpredictability of the new, man-made nature could disrupt human life by rendering sea levels, water supplies, agricultural output, etc. unreliable. Chapter 4: The author explores the difficulty of reconciling the need to curb human consumption with the human desire for progress and the domination of nature. Chapter 5: The author proposes a new way of life not centered around the needs of man but around the needs of all nature.