ENV 492 - Global Environmental Issues
About this class
This capstone course for senior environmental science majors will explore global environmental issues. Students will research a topic, analyze primary literature, engage in class discussion and formal speaking, and write a paper critically evaluating the issue.
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This is a follow up article to "The trouble with troubled seas."
Jeff Cook SOC-100.02 Dr. Kaldor
I have been a musician more than half my life, and I know the healing power of music. I can relate to this post. I have
written, produced and recorded music for over 30 years. I think I can speak for those who listen to music to relax, relieve
stress, and workout. We know, and studies have shown, that unborn fetuses positively respond to Classical music, such as Beethoven,
Mozart, Chopin and Bach while still in the womb's of pregnant women. The magic power of music helps to calm and relax me after a
stressful day. This is a well written post. Keep up the good work.
You are exactly right. I could not agree more. I'm actually currently taking an environmental studies class, and this is among the topics
we discuss. The nations of this planet must take a stand before it is too late. Already we have seen rising levels of coastal regions, lakes and
rivers worldwide. I have seen and studied numerous maps, charts and graphs of the results which suggest this data. In fact, some scientists
predict that by the end of this century, if current trends continue, the eastern U.S. states of Florida and Louisiana will become completely submerged. The Carolina's, Georgia and Mississippi will be submerged by one-third. We've already seen overwhelming evidence of this globally in severe weather patterns of frequent hurricanes, tsunami's and flooding.That is, if pollution of waterways continues, runoff into streams, rivers and lakes from deforestation continues, and especially, continued burning of fossil fuels. We must find alternate sources of energy to power our cars and heat our homes. This can't continue. In a book on this subject we recently read, "Field notes from a catastrophe: man, nature and climate change," Elizabeth Kolbert (2006) mentions a study conducted by Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky. He studied the effects of melting permafrost in Alaska and Northern Canada near the Chukchi Sea. As we know the Arctic ice glaciers are melting at an exponential rate. I'm glad that someone like you has brought attention to this serious issue. These current trends must stop, but yet the "Business as usual" corporate attitude continues.
This is an interesting, but tragic subject. It makes me consider a lot of things about this topic. For example, I had always wanted to address this issue, but I never knew how to approach it. It's a tragedy in this country with so much hope and opportunity, that we even have homelessness. Especially among our veterans who bravely fought for and served our country and they're homeless. I think one thing to improve your post, however, is to include more statistics about this problem. Keep up the good work.
To the author of this post: Thank you for writing this and bringing it to the attention of the public. I have also written an article on bullying, (soon to be posted) and it's something that I feel very strong about. In fact, this issue has inspired me so much, that I am planning to write, produce and direct a documentary on the subject. After all, this is something I know about; I was bullied all through school. And you're right, much of the aggressive behavior starts at home. So keep doing what you're doing, and you have my full support! Thank you. Jeff Cook
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