Environmental Ethical Issues Essay example

2543 Words Sep 27th, 2010 11 Pages
Ethics is defined as the study of right and wrong conduct (Ruggiero 2008). Ethics have been studied for centuries now. It is a topic that has been studied by scholars for a very long time. Environmental ethics has not been studied as much as ethics have. Some people think that we do not need ethics because we already have so many laws (Ruggiero 2008). But it is because of ethics that we have laws. If we had no ethics, then there would be no laws. Throughout this paper I will discuss some environmental issues that the world is facing right now and I will discuss what we need to do to change it or help the situation. Our environment is going downhill everyday due to the cause of pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, and a lot of …show more content…
Will it ever be? Will the Gulf of Mexico ever be free of all the oil? The US government statistics showed that between 20,000 and 40,000-plus barrels of oil spouted from BP's ruptured Gulf well (Burke., 2010). Only about 25 percent of the oil was recovered, burned, or skimmed. Then another 25 percent of the oil evaporated or dissolved. Meanwhile, 24 percent of the oil remains dispersed in the water, while another 26 percent of the oil falls into a catch-all "residual" category. That includes oil sheen on the surface, weathered tar balls, oil that has been collected from shorelines, as well as oil that has seeped into sand and sediments, where under the right conditions it can have long-lasting ecological effects. (Spotts., 2010) A group of scientists say that most of that BP oil the government claimed was gone from the Gulf of Mexico is actually still there. The scientists believe that roughly three-quarters of the oil (70% to 79%) still lurks under the surface. The research team, affiliated with the University of Georgia, said that it is a misinterpretation of data to claim that oil that has dissolved is actually gone or harmless. ("Gulf oil spill," 2010)
Not only did the oil harm the water but it also harmed the sand and shorelines. There have been a lot of beaches that has had to close for the summer because it had oil that had washed up and got in the sand. Beaches around the Gulf of Mexico have experienced many closings and warnings due

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