Since this is a science course, you are required to add citations and references to all initial discussion postings to show your research. These in-text citations and references are required because many of the discussion topics are NOT common knowledge. These are complex environmental science topics, and since you are studying this field, it is necessary to research your ideas and comments and back them up with citations and references. If you do not have references and citations via APA 6th edition format, your postings will be deducted points. The APA Style Guide is found on the Course Menu.
As part of substantial participation efforts the following minimum is required for each discussion:
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|Lesson 2 Discussion Board||
Explore some ways in which our economies are dependent on environmental services and resources.
Discuss ways in which policies are created, specifically those that pertain to environmental issues that impact the economy.
Explain how international issues such as oil spills, nuclear accidents or air pollutions are handled via policies by inter-governmental agencies.
Provide researched and current examples of policies and their impacts in your first posting.
|Lesson 3 Discussion Board||
Research two developing nations’ human population growth issues.
Address the following in your first posting:
a) Do you think that all of today’s developing nations will complete the demographic transition and come to enjoy a permanent state of low birth and death rates?
b) What are some ways in which developed nations can stabilize their population growth in a sustainable manner?
c) Do more affluent nations have responsibility to help under developed nations stabilize their population growth? What are some steps that European and North American nations may take to assist the demographic transition of developing nations?
d) Provide current research that exemplify and support your analysis into this week’s exploration of population growth and transition issues.
|Lesson 4 Discussion Board||
People in developed nations are fond of warning people in developing nations to stop destroying rainforest. People of developing nations often respond that this is hypocritical, because the developed nations became wealthy by deforesting their land and exploiting its resources in the past. What would you say to the president of a developing nation, such as Indonesia, in which a great deal of forest is being cleared?
|Lesson 5 Discussion Board||
Describe some environmental health hazards that you think you may be living with indoors. How do you think you may have been affected by indoor or outdoor hazards in the past? How could you best deal with these hazards in the future?
|Lesson 6 Discussion Board||
Read the Central Case Study – Mining for …Cell Phone? in Chapter 11 of your course textbook. Explore the implications of the excessive demands for resources from Western nations. Share other newsworthy cases of conflict minerals and how these are extracted from the earth in order to create the products that are purchased by citizens from affluent nations. In your research, explain why the mineral in question is deemed a “conflict mineral” and address the issues that are created socially, economically and environmentally when these raw minerals are extracted. Share some possible solutions to alleviate the damage done to the environment and the people who are directly impacted by the extraction of conflict minerals.
|Lesson 7 Discussion Board||
In this discussion, let’s explore traditional energy sources versus alternative, renewable energy sources.
What impacts might you expect on your lifestyle once our society arrives at peak oil?
What steps do you think we should take to avoid energy shortages in a post-peak-oil future?
Which type of alternative energy sources should our nation consider and promote? Is it possible to transition to purely renewable energy sources? What are the implications and hidden costs of using renewable energy sources?
Research at least 2 different energy sources that the USA have successfully implemented and share the pros and cons of these energy sources. How can the USA improve on the technology to harness and deliver these energy sources on a national level and reduce dependency on traditional energy sources?
|Lesson 8 Discussion Board||
How much waste do you generate? Look into your waste bin at the end of the day, and categorize and measure the waste there. List all other waste you may have generated in other places throughout the day. How much of this waste could you have avoided generating? How much could have been reused or recycled?
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