Essay by jgirardHigh School, 10th grade January 2003

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Manatees are listed as endangered species. A species is endangered when it is considered in danger of extinction . Many other species are listed as threatened, which means they are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.

Manatee habitat and the habitat of many other species in Florida have been lost due to our staggering development on all of Florida's ecosystems. Other stresses on our environment resulting from lack of proper growth management include pollution of water, air, and soil stress on our water supplies and wetlands; salt water intrusion, soil , and beach erosion, degradation of our living reefs. Even the disposal of our garbage has become a great problem. Basically we are running out of space to put our garbage.

Species extinction, pollution, depleted resources, that we see happening in Florida are occurring world wide.

Scientists estimate an average of 137 species of life forms are driven to extinction every day 50,000 each year.

The Earth currently approaching 6 billion people and growing by 60 million people a year, is being devastated by growth population. Every year we lose 78 million acres of invaluable rainforest. If the deforests continues, scientists estimate nearly all tropical rainforest ecosystems will be destroyed by 2030.

Besides environmental damage, current population growth is also at the root of human hunger, poverty, urban deterioration and economical stagnation. Over 800 million people suffer from malnutrition and 16 million people die from starvation each year.

Some nations are now attempting massive education programs, promoting widespread use of contraceptives, offering incentives for sterilization, or offering "perks" to those who cooperate in a one-child-per family program.

Manatees are sometimes unintentionally killed or injured by fishing activities. They can drown in nets or they can die from infection caused by entanglement in crab trap lines and nylon...