Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017

About this class

This course will examine the concepts and methods used by the state to manage the natural environment. Through an investigation into contemporary environmental issues in Canada (with occasional reference to other areas of the world) we will develop an understanding of the particular rationales for and evolution of state management. Important trends and issues are treated with particular attention to Indigenous rights. As part of the course, we use our developing understanding of course material to write critical blog posts on contemporary  environmental issues.

 

University of Guelph
by Jannanc on October 4, 2017
The purpose of the media piece “Forest Update: National Initiatives Progress Legal Timber Trade, Sustainable Forest Management” from SDG Knowledge Hub is to highlight national developments in combating illegal logging and goals towards sustainable forest management. The main actors involved in legal timber initiatives are the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, the EU and the state. Issues that arise from the illegal timber trade include putting small-scale farmer’s land at risk for degradation and decreases the ability for the restoration of forests.

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University of Guelph
by dash on October 4, 2017
                  The WWF is pushing Transport Canada; an organization that controls access to the Arctic Northwest Passage (NWP), to enforce new international shipping regulations that would significantly benefit the Canadian Arctic. The threat of a large oil spill in the Arctic would pose catastrophic outcomes for not only the pristine Canadian Arctic, but also the thousands of northern community residents that rely on these waters for survival.

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University of Guelph
by skeyes on October 4, 2017
The article “First Nations, environmental groups to voice Trans Mountain pipeline opposition at hearings” discusses the municipalities and environmental First Nations groups that are opposed to the approval process of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia.  They believe that the approval should be overturned and re-evaluated. The risks of this project need to be analyzed more deeply.

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University of Guelph
by salmond on October 2, 2017
Water is a necessity of life. There are many sources of drinking water and ways to acquire it, one of the most popular being pumping it out from under our feet. For many years groundwater has been essential to the survival of modern communities, providing large quantities of water on demand. Today is no different, right here at home in the city of Guelph, Ontario we relay heavily on groundwater. 

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University of Guelph
by hynesm on October 2, 2017
As the first ever major dam is being finished in Ethiopia on the Blue Nile, Egypt is becoming increasingly more concerned with its own survival. For centuries Egypt has been dependent on the Nile River as a drinkable water supply (providing 90 percent of Egypt’s water supply) and for sustaining its agriculture industry. The main issue here, is that there is no clear understanding of the effects the dam will actually have on the water supply below it.

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University of Guelph
by caily on September 29, 2017
The production process of manufacturing beef is a leading cause of many environmental concerns. The way this resource is managed is key in lowering green house gas emissions. The production of beef expels more than just greenhouse gas emissions it is also threatening biodiversity, water pollution, land degradation and much more. 

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Associate Professor of Geography, University of Guelph.

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