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Western Canada's Ongoing Struggle with Climate Change

Planetary Challenge winter 2018
The article entitled, "New Science Is Forecasting the Future in the Changing Climate of Western Canada" was released by the University of Saskatchewan and discusses mainly the effects global warming has had on western Canada. The study anayzed previous severe weather patterns to better predict when...

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Do animals experience happiness?

Sustainable Happiness F17
Do animals experience happiness?   Some people do think that animals can feel emotions and some do not. They may act like they do feel happiness, but are they able to feel it? This question will be studied to be able to see more clearly. Animals can certainly feel fear and this has been proven in...

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Free Smoothies

Sustainable Happiness F17
  As we all know, the end of semester is a period where students are overloaded by exams and projects so their level of stress and fatigue is high. It is hard to stay focused when you do not have enough energy and sleep. This is a period where we have a lot of things to do at the same time and it...

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Is generosity linked to happiness?

Sustainable Happiness F17
As we all know, Christmas is coming really fast and this time of year can be really stressful but at the same time so beautiful, we need to spread joy and happiness around us. Some people do not have the chance to celebrate Christmas however being generous by giving some second-hand, unwanted toys...

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Does money buy happiness?

Sustainable Happiness F17
Sustainable Happiness Portfolio: Activity 7                 Marie-Jeanne Boudreau Does money buy happiness? 
 It is a question that has been asked for many years now, and yet, many people do not come up with the same answers on the subject. That is mainly due to the fact that people have different...

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Money and happiness

Sustainable Happiness F17
 Le prix du bonheur      À mesure que les années avancent, les gens ont de plus en plus d’argent et le coût de la vie augmente de plus en plus en raison de l’inflation. Le salaire minimum aux États-Unis a passé de 2,10$/h en 1975 à 8,25$/h en 2015, selon une étude de David Stockman. De telles...

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Can animals feel happiness?

Sustainable Happiness F17
Many societies, especially western societies, worry more and more about animals’ rights. Animals have the right to live free from harm in many countries in Canada, but can they tell the difference? In order words, do animals have the capacity to be happy? It is important to consider if farm animals...

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Does money buy happiness

Sustainable Happiness F17
  Does money buy happiness?                 In a capitalist society, people are encouraged to buy more and more products because they are in a society where conspicuous consumption, which is the action of buying expensive items to display wealth and income rather than to cover real needs, is put...

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Does money buy happiness?

Sustainable Happiness F17
  Just think about people who win the lottery. In an instant, their everyday life changes completely and they might believe their well-being will change for the best. Nevertheless, certain studies demonstrate that life does not become ideal when winning the lottery. In fact, it appears that it is...

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Living on minimum wage

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
This article talks about something that touches millions of people across North America; the poverty trap that is minimum wage.  The authors believe that minimum wage should be brought up to at least fifteen dollars an hour in order to allow people to actually be able to use their money. They talk...

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Ocean Garbage

Planetary Challenge winter 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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The Plastic-Eating Enzyme that Can Save Oceans

Planetary Challenge winter 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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Singapore's Innovative Approach to Water Quality

Planetary Challenge winter 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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Gone Fishing And Climate Change

Planetary Challenge winter 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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Climate changes

Planetary Challenge winter 2018
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climate change

Planetary Challenge winter 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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Alaska + Warmer weather = More snow?

Planetary Challenge winter 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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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.

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