Assignments include both questions and essay related with the both articles covered and the ideas discussed in the course notes. Additional research might be needed for the essay. Please make sure you provide references for the essay.
You need to review both article and lecture notes to answer the following questions. Few questions may require reviewing related on line short video clips.
Article 25: Landfill-on-Sea.
- Why in an ocean environment similar to landfill, biodegradable plastic will remain intact? Damage to wildlife and ecosystems?
- As related in the article “Landfill-on-Sea,” what sort of evidence have the Algalita researchers discovered to show that small pieces of plastic in the ocean are being mistaken for food at all levels of the chain?
- As concluded in the article “Landfill-on-Sea,” how effective will biodegradable plastic be in the effort to stop polluting the earth with nondegrading plastic?
- What would you offer as a short-term and long-term solution to clean up major Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is almost equivalent to the size of Texas?
Article 28: How to stop climate change: The Easy Way.
- As proposed in “How to Stop Climate Change: The Easy Way,” what does the author cite as “a big win-win” in the tropics, and how and why does he suggest it be accomplished? Explain it briefly.
- As discussed in the article “How to Stop Climate Change: The Easy Way,” explain what are the objectives of Robert Socolow and Stephen Pacala of Princeton University for their concept of “stabilization wedges” and give at least one example to illustrate it. Do you think, stabilization wedges can be accomplished in short-term?
- Briefly compare and contrast nuclear and coal-fired power plants in terms of features that which one would damage more the environment?
Essay: Based on a major Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, on Feb 3, 2007 New York Times article titled “Science Panel Calls Global Warming ‘Unequivocal’ by E. Rosenthal and A. Revkin” concluded for the first time that Global Warming (GW) is “unequivocal” and that human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950. The IPCC’s latest assessment report is available at http://www.ipcc.ch/
The author of the article describe that there are three steps of strategy for stopping climate change: (1) Stop debating, start doing; (2) Focus on the big wins; and (3) Use Technology. Investigate if this strategy would work to stop or even to reduce the impacts of climate change. Provide examples on stopping/reducing climate change practices from real-life applications that people may adopt to their daily lives.
Also, I am assuming that you want to leave a perfect gift to your lovely children and grandchildren. As part of energy conservation and being more energy efficient American with less consumption habits, what would really do in your daily lives? You should list and briefly describe at least three practices that YOU WILL “HONESTLY” TRY TO IMPLEMENT for the rest of your professional life that may help reduce carbon foot print and impact your life and environment positively.