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Human-Environmental Interaction in Europe

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Cameron Carlson

on 16 September 2013

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Transcript of Human-Environmental Interaction in Europe

Human-Environmental Interaction
European Human-Environment Interaction
Environmental Change
-Deforestation
-Cultivation of Grasslands
-Reclamation of Marsh & Fens
-Disappearance of Heath & Moor
-Introduction of Exotics
-Industrialization
Europeans & Their Environments
-Seas: Mediterranean, North, Baltic
-Mountains: Alps, Carpathians, Pyrenees
-Low-Lying Regions
Contemporary Environmental Issues
-Eastern Europe
-Mediterranean
-Northern Seas
-Atmospheric
-Energy
-Awareness
Current Events
-Romanian Gold Mining
-Baltic Sea Eutrophication
Terms
-Mediterranean System
-Transhumance
-Infield-Outfield System
-"Dirty Triangle"
-Mediterranean Action Plan
-Baltic Action Plan
-Polder


Europeans have completely altered the European landscape over the course of the last 10,000 years through the cultivation of agricultural land and the extraction of resources from the environment. The modification of Europe's natural environment causes environmental issues.
Discussion

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Europe_night.png
1. What does the aerial night time photo tell you about Europeans and their relationship with nature?

2. Which European civilization or modern nation affected the environment of Europe the most in the last 4,000 years?

3. Should The Netherlands continue filling the Ijsselmeer to make more polders?

4. Why is The Northern European Plain so densely populated in comparison to other large agricultural regions?



Dirty Triangle
WWII related activities
Increased health issues


Contemporary Environmental Problems
Eastern Europe

Severely contaminated soils, groundwater
Clean today, but at a great cost
EU's assistance

Contemporary Environmental Problems
Soviet-Era Mining to Today

Immense Coastal Development
Strain on agriculture
Industrial Sewage

Contemporary Environmental Problems
Mediterranean

Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations
All countries participate
Sewage treatment

Contemporary Environmental Problems
Mediterranean

Low Sea Volume, shallow waters
Intensifies pollutants
Baltic Sea Issues
Landlocked
Advanced Eutrophication
Over Fishing

Contemporary Environmental Problems
Northern Seas

Contemporary Environmental Problems
Northern Seas

Factories, industry
Westerly Winds, Counterclockwise
Eastern European's energy sources
Lower Standards, Higher Pollutants

EU imports nearly four fifths of its oil
Transitioning to “postindustrial” energy
economy.
Renewable Resources

Contemporary Environmental Problems
Atmosphere and Energy

Green Groups
Large Representation

Contemporary Environmental Problems
Environmental Awareness
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