Throughout this semester, there was one subject that interested me the most; it was the future of employment and the current situation for the employment industry. I have touched on a few topics involving this theme such as labour laws, unemployment, and technology advancement in the workforce. The reason why this issue intrigued me is that soon I will be entering the workforce and I was curious to find out if there will be jobs available as well as the state the work environment.
(Editorials, News Summaries, Blog posts and Volunteer Opportunities)
April 17, 2018
In the article from Global News titled “Swirling pile of trash in Pacific Ocean is now 3 times the size of France” written by Emanuela Campanella. The author talks about the danger of ocean pollution in which revolves around trash in the Pacific Ocean. One of the ways the author explorer this concern, she states that “Scientists are warning that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California, is accumulating trash faster than ever and is now three times the size of France.”. (Campanella).
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April 17, 2018
Scientists have created a mutant enzyme capable of eating plastic bottles. This discovery is a major breakthrough for environmentalists since it could solve the global plastic pollution crisis. Initially, in 2016, a team of Japanese researchers found a specie of bacteria that can break down the molecular bonds of one of the most commonly used plastic in the world, polyethylene terephthalate, also known as polyester or PET. Then, two years later, Prof John McGeehan, from the University of Portsmouth, UK, led a research on the enzyme produced by the plastic-eating bacteria.
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April 16, 2018
In the article “Singapore Deploys Robot Swans to Monitor Pollution and Look Serene While Doing So” the writer presents a new innovative tactic the Singapore government has put into effect to test water quality. Peter Dockrill, the author of the article iterates how ultimately, the goal of the swan is to oversee the quality of their water bodies while being environmentally friendly and not disrupting species living in the water being analyzed. Dockrill mentions how amidst blending in seamlessly, the swanbots are also a more affordable option when testing water samples.
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April 11, 2018
Compared to 1990, in 2011 there was an 60% increase in the amount of crustacean caught and represented the greatest growth in the fishing industry. This increase in caught shrimped has led to a huge increase in the amount of CO2 emitted by boats capturing crustacean, by about 28% between 1990 and 2011. This has been attributed to a decrease in the cost of gas. The catching of crustacean only accounts for 6% percent of tonnage by the fishing industry but emits 22% of all CO2 by the industry.
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April 5, 2018
According to the article “Climate change could raise food insecurity risk”, the extreme weather changes may have a big impact on the food storages in many countries. Specially the underdeveloped countries. The scientist had argued that with a change of 2°C higher, some places will not be able to provide the same amount and species. The study looked at 122 developing and least-developed countries, mostly in Asia, Africa and South America.
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April 4, 2018
Warmer weather in South-central Alaska has been increasing the intensity of snowfall annually. In fact, data reveals that the quantity of snowfall has risen for more than 117% for the last 150 years in winter and increased by 49% during summer. On top of that, the state is among the ones experiencing the most of climate changes, having their average temperature increased by 2-3 degrees in the last half-century. Indeed, warmer weather gives us warmer air, which can contain more moisture than cold air.
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