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National Geographic addresses multiple issues in One of the World’s Biggest Fisheries is on the Verge of Collapse. The two biggest being natural resource governance, and conflict over open-access resources. The environmental issue at hand being fisheries over-extracting fish stock in the South China Sea, where 10 countries and territories surrounding the South China Sea extract stock in order to support their economies, as well as their need for fish to support the hunger of many.

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Introduction An article published by The Guardian, titled Koala’s under siege from policy changes set to destroy habitat, report finds, describes a current environmental resource management issue in New South Whales, Australia (NSW). The article states that the protection of Koalas is failing due to the governments’ commitment to further land clearing and logging, which is ultimately contributing to Koala habitat destruction.  This exemplifies a classic case of industry versus the environment, and the different policy mechanisms used by actors of opposing sides.

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While the wage gap is a widely controversial topic, it does indeed exist. However, what most people do not realize is that this wage gap might be in place for a good reason. The United States percentage as a whole says that on average women get around 80% of the pay that men receive annually. That means if a man is making $100,000 annually, that on average depending on the state, a woman would make around $80,000 doing the exact same job with the exact same qualifications.

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They say there’s a Canadian inferiority complex, but this probably wasn’t the ego boost we were hoping for: the World Resources Institute says that Canada is the absolute best in the world at degrading untouched forest. The CBC’s Emily Cheung reported in 2014 that between 2001 and that time, we were responsible for a staggering 21% of pristine forest that was either degraded or lost, even more than well-known deforestation hotspots like Russia and Brazil.

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Is it possible that humans have created an era so harmful that its impacts could last thousands even millions of years? The article “Anthropocene: Geologists urge global recognition of new, human- influenced epoch” by Niki Wilson discusses the Anthropocene, which is a highly debated concept that argues that human impact on the environment has initiated a new epoch. The article explains that the impacts of human industrial practices such as increased carbon outputs, remnants of radioisotopes from nuclear testing, and fly ash from the burning of coal have been found in sediment layers.

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