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This article was last updated in November 6, 2013. It talks about how animals such as prairies has to adapt to the harsh conditions of the grasslands. Grasslands are found where there is not enough regular rainfall to support the growth of a forest, but not so little as to form a desert and so the animals are struggling to adapt. This article was found in national geographics which is considered a creditable source. The purpose of this article was to inform people about the new changes of the grasslands.
Say goodbye to the grass. The scramble for biofuels is rapidly killing off unique grasslands and pastures in the central US. Christopher Wright and Michael Wimberly of South Dakota State University in Brookings analysed satellite images of five states in the western corn belt. They found that 530,000 hectares of grassland disappeared under blankets of maize and soya beans between 2006 and 2011. The rate was fastest in South Dakota and Iowa, with as much as 5 per cent of pasture becoming cropland each year. The trend is being driven by rising demand for the crops, partly through incentives to use them as fuels instead of food. The switch from meadows to crops is causing a crash in populations of ground-nesting birds. One of the US's most important breeding grounds for wildfowl, an area called the Prairie Pothole Region, is also at risk, with South Dakota's crop fields now within 100 metres of the wetlands. "Half of North American ducks breed here," says Wright. Bill Henwood of the Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative in Vancouver, Canada, says the results are distressing. "Exchanging real environmental impacts for the dubious benefits of biofuels is counterproductive," he says. "Last year's record drought in the corn belt all but wiped out the crops anyway." More info: http://tinyurl.com/au236dr
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Currency: -publish February 20, 2013 -not out of date Relevance: -intended audience is for everybody, especially people who is concerned about nature -this article talks about the crops being rapidly used and killing off the land. The grasslands that are being killed are also being used for the wrong reason. Instead of supply of food, they are being used for fuel. -high school are above is the readership level Authority: - author is Brad Plumer - creditable in Facebook (with 2k likes) and twitter (500) retweets Accuracy: - seems to be true in the aspects concerning the killing of lands - yes, has the bibliography - on the "Washington post" news so it has to be accurate Purpose: -no the purpose is not stated -the journal article is just informational, no bias, just explains the cruelty of humans and how the killing of the grasslands are being used for other purposes than food.
Current: -March 9, 2013 -no, it is recent and edited Relevance: -informational in a song format -related to the killing if grasslands and the habitat living in it -it is graphic so the intended readership should be for high school students and above Authority: -video is in YouTube, so anybody has access to it, and it is presentable -video has 55 subscribers (which is considered an ok amount) so it should be accurate -it was self-published with help from peers Accuracy: -has a bibliography -sources are listed -topic is related to temperate grassland Purpose: -the purpose is not stated but can be inferred from the video -has a slight bias, because the song talks about the killing of grassland and wildlife -the bias can influence the audience by pathos because of the emotions provoking the viewers
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