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Human Influences on the Environment

Because humans are often poorly adapted to their environment (they do not have warm fur coats, sharp claws, night vision, or the ability to photosynthesize their own food), they have learned to change their environment to survive. The most dramatic changes they have brought about in the environment have been in the past two centuries. Technological advances have changed the face of the Earth as well as the composition of the atmosphere and the hydrosphere.

The hyperlinks below take you to pages which show how human activities influence the environment. For each example, think about what part of the environment has been affected and why. For example, is the activity done to obtain energy, to improve transportation, to bring water to arid regions, to provide food or for other reasons?
  1. Construction
  2. Farming
  3. Mining
  4. Transport
  5. Hunting
  6. Industry

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