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When Emmanuel Jal escaped from the rebel army along with 400 others, many began to starve to death. If you were in his shoes and faced with starvation, what means would you have taken to survive?

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The documentary "Love, Hate & Propaganda: The War on Terror" discusses Osama bin Laden and his involvement in a militant organization. Based on the information given in the documentary and your knowledge regarding extremism, how do you think Osama bin Laden developed his beliefs which made him an extremist?

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The definition of extremism, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable.” I find this definition to be unclear due to its lack of elaboration. It provides no frame of reference as to what “most people” may consider “correct or reasonable”, thereby making the definition too general. For example, people of one religion may disagree with the belief of another religion.

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The world’s population is growing, but how is it being accommodated? The article “Just How Far Will Urban Sprawl Spread?” by Dave Levitan addresses the issue of urban sprawl as a result of growing cities.

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            In the article “Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans?”, Brad Plumer argues that technological advancement has allowed fishing operations to expand covering all the corners of the ocean, thus rapidly decreasing the fish population. Plumer believes that the optimistic view that fisheries can be recovered through improved management is unrealistic since only a minority of fisheries around the world have been improved.

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Fish populations have become a matter for concern. With increasing numbers in fish consumption, there may not be as many fish left in the sea as we thought. The article “How the world’s oceans could be running out of fish,” by Gaia Vince, addresses the urgent need to restore the fish stocks that are quickly depleting due to overexploitation. “Around 85% of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or in recovery from exploitation” (Vince, 2012, par. 3). This depletion in fish stocks can have consequences on both marine life and humans.

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Previous speculation had been made regarding the correlation between climate change and hurricane power. The devastating occurrence of Hurricane Katrina brought this consideration to a new light, as addressed in the article “Climate Change and Hurricane Katrina: What Have We Learned?” by Kerry Emanuel. The question as to whether these two phenomena are related inspired a new understanding of the influence of climate on hurricanes to be developed. Kerry Emanuel elaborates on the following discoveries regarding this topic:

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                  The article As Summer Finishes as Warmest on Record, A Postcard from Global Warming’s Ground Zero, found in the Discover Magazine, and written by Tom Yulsman, discusses the impact of global warming on the glaciers in the north. The author states that the summer of 2015 was the warmest ever, based on NASA’s records. He predicts that the entire year of 2015 could be the warmest on record. In the title, he includes Ground Zero, which is another way of indicating the high Arctic.

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If the occurrence of a calamitous event killed billions of people, how would the overall population be affected? Minimally, suggests the study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the article entitled “Population control ‘will not solve environment issues,’” Matt McGrath addresses the unproductivity of restricting population growth in order to help sustain the environment in the short-term.

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This article presents the controversy between different political parties both in the United States and in Canada about a pipeline project. This pipline project, known as Keystone XL, consists of making a large pipeline from Alberta's oilsands to the United states. This project would have numerous economic advantages for both Canada and the United States. However, it raises many environmental issues. The project would have many negative effects on Albertian and Saskatchewan ecosystems.

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