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•What is your name: Joe Cloke
•Where are you from? Explain a little about this place, e.g is it big or small, rural or urban, etc: I am from Elmira, NY. Elmira is a smaller city in upstate NewYork that is surrounded by rural area.
•Do you live on or off campus? I live off campus, my wife and I own a home.
•If you live off campus, how do you get to school? Drive, bus, train, etc. Since Corning is about 25 minutes from Elmira, I am required to drive to school.
•What are you studying for? Environmental Health
•Why did you choose this course in this location? I chose this course because I want to work in the Environmental Conservation field some day.
•What are your career aspirations? Work for NYDEC ( New York Department of Environmental Conservation ) Specialize in water quality.
•Explain your photo e.g. where was it taken?

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Group 3 Our group chose to discuss the shell oil spill in Nigeria in further detail. Shell was repeatedly warned by its own employees about the pipeline leaking but did not take fault until the pipeline burst in November 2008. Theft along the oil pipeline is uncontrollable, and it is thought that the JTF and police are allowing this to take place only if they are paid off. Key stakeholders are Shell and the military forces.

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For our group, we decided on the Warren County case. What happened was a man and his two sons illegally dumped 31,000 gallons of contaminated soil along 240 miles of roadsides in 14 North Carolina counties. Because of this, the state of North Carolina had to find a place to dump all the contaminated soil, therefore building a landfill in Warren County, North Carolina near people’s houses. The people protested because of all the health problems the contaminated soil can cause.

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Group 3 Our group chose to discuss the shell oil spill in Nigeria in further detail. Shell was repeatedly warned by its own employees about the pipeline leaking but did not take fault until the pipeline burst in November 2008. Theft along the oil pipeline is uncontrollable, and it is thought that the JTF and police are allowing this to take place only if they are paid off. Key stakeholders are Shell and the military forces. Shell is losing thousands of barrels of oil a day due to theft and sabotage, and the military forces are either losing or making a lot of money depending on how many illegal operations they allow on the trans-Nigerian pipeline. Some solutions to the situation at hand would be if Shell were to put money into local communities along the pipeline, this could help with protection of the pipeline and the communities would not be so poverty stricken. The communities do not get any compensation for the pipeline. It can be argued that the money Shell wants to spend on a new pipeline to avoid these communities, if they spent even a tenth of that on the local communities, these problems may not even exist. A related issue is how a company in Canada called TransCanada wants to build a pipeline from Alberta Canada to the gulf coast of Texas and transport tar sands oil, one of the world’s dirties fuels. There is much concern about this pipeline because it could devastate ecosystems, pollute water sources, and jeopardize public health.

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After having watched An Inconvenient Truth, the American and the UK groups came to a conclusion that the issues raised by Al Gore are highly relevant to the degrees of both courses, and that the discussion would have to be concentrated on the key ideas of the film.

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The article our group picked for the climate change project was “U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods”. This talked about how the climate has been changing very drastically throughout the years and is causing the heating of cities as well as more floods occurring along the coastlines. Since the climate is heating up, it is causing the melting of glaciers which unfortunately causes loss of habitat for artic animals as well as rising sea levels from all the water being added to the ocean.

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Group 4 Answers Inconvenient Truth Questions Due: October 20, 2014  

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Joe Cloke Group 3 U.S/U.K WIND ENERGY SUMMARY U.S/U.K               Wind energy plays an important role in today’s renewable energy sources. The U.S and U.K are both currently using wind energy to supplement the use of traditional sources of energy production, such as nuclear energy and fossil fuels. Wind energy has proven to have less negative effect on the environment, and is a much cheaper source of energy production. The U.S and the U.K have similar views on wind energy, with just a few differences.

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There were many similarities and differences between the U.S. articles and the U.K. articles. For the discussion our group came up with, we saw that for both sets of articles, the people in communities seemed to favor certain renewable energies that were more popular with the public officials; they were drawn towards the more voted for energies. For the U.S. articles, the certain types of energies were voted upon political groups such as democrats and republicans. The democrats have solar power as their top choice and the republicans have natural gas as their top choice. For the U.K.

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In America people’s biggest concern with energy resources is the cost and the effect it has on the environment. Many people view coal as a cheap source of energy, but realize that it is very harmful to the environment, people view natural gas to be not as harmful, but cost more to produce, with wind people view it as a cheap source of energy and of cores has no environmental effect. The reason why some energy resources are used much more than others is because people view the economic perspective and environmental perspectives very differently.

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In our society today we face 3 energy challenges: meeting the growing demand for energy, ensuring energy security, and reducing the emission of harmful air emissions. We can potentially help keep these three issues from getting any worse by using more renewable energy. This article suggest we utilize more of our farm lands as commercial wind farms. A commercial wind farm is a great source of energy without using any of the worlds resources. Although the issue this article states is finding out where to construct renewable facilities.

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Ice sheets, Glaciers, and sea ice have huge impacts on our earths global climate and ocean current patterns, so we chose an article on Antarctic ice change. I found it interesting how Arctic sea ice is declining, while Antarctic sea ice is going up. climate.nasa.gov/news/2177/

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Climate Change Article Summary Group 3 10/25/14   Our group chose to pick articles that we felt were relevant to our degrees.  The U.K group chose an online article from BBC News concerning permafrost melting in Siberia. The American group chose a similar online article from USA Today concerning permafrost melting in Alaska.  As a group we discussed the similarities between the two articles. We also discussed any differences between the two articles, but found only one difference.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2012/11/121116-california... The United States as a whole decided not to take action in climate change. But a few individual states and cities chose to do something anyway, one of which is California. The article is about how they are the leading force in climate change, and how they were the ones who started it. It also asks a big question, do we have to do this alone?

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This article describes how an arboretum can provide climate change experiments.: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-29685037

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•What is your name: Joe Cloke
•Where are you from? Explain a little about this place, e.g is it big or small, rural or urban, etc: I am from Elmira, NY. Elmira is a smaller city in upstate NewYork that is surrounded by rural area.

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