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Emmanuel Jal claims that the key to change everything is education. He suggests that we are killing a whole generation of Sudanese by only giving them food. Therefore, he says that he is willing to die for the right to education because he knows what it can do. What do you think about Emmanuel Jal’s point of view on education? Do you think that by giving Sudanese access to education we can empower them? 

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1. Watch Part 1 of the CBC documentary “Love, Hate & Propaganda: War on Terror” (45 minutes) available here: http://www.cbc.ca/lovehatepropagandawaronterror/2012/05/episode-1.html  

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According to the Cambridge Dictionaries Online, extremism is “the fact of someone having beliefs that most people think are unreasonable and unacceptable”. This definition clarifies my initial assumptions that extremism was defined as a movement based on religious or political beliefs. However, the choice of the words “unreasonable and unacceptable” is ambiguous. In fact, what one considers “unreasonable and unacceptable” can be perceived as quite the opposite for someone else.  

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          In the article “Urban 'Heat Island' Effect is Only a Small Contributor to Global Warming, and White Roofs Don't Help to Solve the Problem, say Stanford Researchers” by Louis Bergeron, the author presents a new perspective to urban development. The purpose of this article is to establish a relation between urban heat islands and global warming. Based on new scientific researches done by Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who led the study, it was found that urban heat islands only had a minor impact on the overall global warming.

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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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        The overexploitation of fishes in the last few decades has reached a critical point. In fact, in the article “How the world’s oceans can be running out of fish” by Gaia Vince, the author argues that humans have exploited so much fish in the last few years that “we might be the last generations to catch fishes from the oceans” (Vince, 2012, par. 1). The author highlights some alarming statistics such as recent studies showing that each person consumes 17 kg of fish per year. Moreover, it has been found that 85% of the global fisheries are fully or overexploited.

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Oceans and fisheries such as that of the Pacific Ocean have been affected by gas emissions and other gasses such as greenhouse gasses, which have resulted in an increase of carbon absorption in the water. This is due to the fact that since the industrial revolution, humans have made scientific improvements in transportation, electricity and industry. The technologies developed and used by us, however helpful to our daily lives, are harming the environment. The absorption of gasses has resulted in the acidification of our oceans.

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          In the article “Just How Much Can the Sea Rise from Burning Fossil Fuels? A Lot”, the author Christina Nunez, emphasizes the impacts of the overuse of fossil fuels on the increase of the sea level. The author raises awareness among its readers by mentioning that large cities such as New York, Shanghai and Tokyo will eventually be flooded by water if all fossil fuels available are burned. Based on researchers’ works, Nunez identifies carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas, oil, and coal as the major source affecting the ice sheet and the increase in sea water.

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            It took hundreds of centuries for the world population to attain 1 billion people and yet, in less two centuries, it has reached the 7 billion.             This article written by Damian Carrington suggests that this increase in population is far from over and that nations will face severe challenges in regard to food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion. The author questions the assertion that the world population will peak at 9 billion people in 2050 and put forwards new studies that show that the world population will grow faster and reach 11 billion in 2100.

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The purpose of this article is to explain the impacts of refugees’ immigration in Europe and convince that they can bring positive consequences their host countries. As shown in the article, the migration of this large amount of possible workers in Europe could have great economic impacts on a long-term basis. Indeed, many countries of the European Union are now facing the issues of aging populations and low birth rates (Dahlburg & Condon, 2015, para. 1). However, the integration of these refugees could involve economic investments to host countries.

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