Reply to: Overfishing: A Serious Issue
I chose to comment on your post because I find this problem to be very scary as well as threatening many of the ocean species we still have today. I totally agree with you, that overfishing needs to be dealt with.However if companies or fisheries continue to overfish without any consequences (ex: monetary fine) then they will continue to do it. Perhaps if we could increase the security of highly dense fish populated ares, it could reduce the amount of unnecessary fish being caught. However I am hopeful, because there are people trying to fix this. According to the article "Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Hearing: " states that "The South Atlantic Council has identified five areas we propose be addressed in the current reauthorization: 1) Flexibility in ending Overfishing. 2) Flexibility in Rebuilding Overfished Stocks. 3) Define Overfishing on the Basis of the Recruitment Overfishing Level and not MSY. 4) Restrictions on Applying Harvest Moratoriums. 5) Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) Specification for Stock Complexes.". In my opinion, this isn't the best plan, however it is a start, and we should consider that a milestone.I hope this issue can e resolved sooner, rather than later, or before its too late.
Senate commerce, science and transportation subcommittee on oceans, atmosphere, fisheries, and coast guard hearing. (2013). (). Washington: Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc. Retrieved from Research Library Retrieved from https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/1459191061?accountid=44391
Reply to: Climate changes
I chose to respond to your summary because, climate change worries me very much. It is actually the reason for my everyday stress. Like you, I agree that we need to stop burning fossil fuels and releasing Greenhouse gases. In order to do this, we would need to completely transform to renewable resources, which we are in the process of doing, but may still take a long time to complete. Your article brought up another interesting point, that is human activity. We are most definitely the number 1 cause or at least the cause of increase speed of climate change. In the article, "The influence of human activity in the Arctic on climate and climate impacts" by Henry Huntington, among many, states that "although human activities in the Arctic are generally assumed to be modest, our analysis suggests that those activities may have larger influences on the arctic system than previously thought. Moreover, human influences could increase substantially in the near future." I sincerely hope that the people of the world, can come together and fight against climate change, if it's not too late.
Huntington, H. P., Boyle, M., Flowers, G. E., Weatherly, J. W., Hamilton, L. C., Hinzman, L., . . . Overpeck, J. (2007). The influence of human activity in the arctic on climate and climate impacts. Climatic Change, 82(1-2), 77-92. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-006-9162-y
Reply to: Article Summary #2 (March 13th)
I chose to comment on your summary because I found it to be very interesting and extremely relevant today. As you said, oil is a huge part of our economy, and will continue to be a huge part until we can find another resource. I totally agree with you that the best way to solve/better the situation is to improve "transportation technology". Doing this could prevent any further or decrease the amount of environmental catastrophies. However I also think that the improvement of "oil-spill clean-up technology" would also greatly help the situation. At least if the oil can be properly cleaned up, it decreases a few problems. Although in the article "Numbers don't lie", Andrew Nikiforuk states that there are three things to do in order for this to work. "Communities most affected by catastrophic spills must have the democratic right to say no to what can potentially cause them: tankers or pipelines. Second, authorities must publicly recognize that the only technological standard that matters should be full recovery of the oil. Last but not least, governments must properly price the risk of catastrophic spills and demand multi-billion dollar bonds for the worst-case analysis." (Nikiforuk 2016). Hopefully in the future, if oil is still very much involved, we can lower the chances of spills and the harming of environments and their ecosystems.
Nikiforuk, A. (2016). The numbers don't lie. Alternatives Journal, 42(4), 76. Retrieved from https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/1906364329?accountid=44391
Reply to: Availability of Water
I chose to comment on your summary, because I too am concerned about the worlds water supply. It was very interesting to read how much water was used to produce meats, I was completely unaware of that. However I believe a good solution is first address the problems of our society, which are over consumption and mass production, then find a solution from there, by perhaps only producing what the society needs. I don't think, trying to reducing our society's meat consumption will work. Since in the U.S in 2012, there was roughly 52.2 billion pounds of meat being consumed (Barclay, 2012),which is a lot of the population and would be hard to concince many people to reduce their eating habits. However, according to Barclay, the consumption in beef has slightly decreased since the 1970's. Overall, I agree with you that this is a serious problem that needs to be fixed, as soon as possible. Good Job!
Barclay, E, (2012). A nation of meat eaters: see how it all adds up. VPR: Vermont Public Radio. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/06/27/155527365/visualizing-a-...
Reply to: Trump Impeachment
I agree i still cant believe he was elected and i find his behavior to be complexly unprofessional. when someone talks about him in a negative light he lashes out on twitter. it is kind of embarrassing to watch to see an adult be so reactive to comments. as president he represent the country so his behavior is not what he should be presenting himself as. His PR team must have heart attacks whenever he touches his phone. So yeah i do not think he should remain in office and if they start moving the impeachment forward good for them. Some people just are not cut out for all that responsibility. Why is it so hard for him to understand this?
Reply to: Stop Romanticizing Things That Hurt
i agree with what you have said in analyzing this article. i find that mental illness has become a glorified trend and then mocked in movies and shows. For example, just look at Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, it was a show of a girl who got depressed and angry and we listen to her paranoia towards events that happens in her life and in the end we see her kill herself on screen. the depression was just used as a prop in the show, they did not talk about it nor did they talk about ways to help. it was a glorified mess and showed mentally ill people inn a negative light. the movie Split that came out not too long ago also did mentally ill people dirty. social media truly loves to uses it as a quirk or something they can get money off of. which really angers me since at the end of the day they do not have to deal with mental health issues and if they do they are playing themselves. When will people start to take mental health seriously?
Reply to: Trump does not care about Syrian children
I agree with your view on him being a hypocrite. in my opinion every time he opens his mouth to speak it is an embarrassment to all 50 states whether they know it or not. There is no way that seeing the dead children immediately change his opinion on bombing them. Pictures have been circulating around for months of the damage and tragedy that has fallen on the country. It all seems way to convenient for him to say this then drop the Muslim ban. If he really had a change of heart he would have looked into ways to help the people still stuck there not lock the door. How far will his PR team have to go in order to make him actually look like a politician? Because that is all that was.
Reply to: Russian Olympic Ban
I agree with your views on this dilemma. Although the solution is a bit extreme it is not without provocation. Did they honestly think no one would find out? It is very unjust for the other countries playing fairly. then again they could be the first of many to use the drugs in order to win. in my opinion that just shows desperation, if you were so gifted to given a place on your country's Olympic team why do you need drugs to do well? I think that the drug tests they have should be more vigilant and evolve along with the drugs. But if that happens and more are caught cheating, when does it even stay for the game and start being about egos?
Reply to: Catalonia Independence
I agree with your point of view about the referendum. I think that they should be allow to cast the vote for Independence in a democratic way. If the people feel like they are alienated by the rest of the countries culture they should have the right to this vote. for my knowledge they have their own language, culture and traditions. So it would be only fair to let them go through with the vote without the treat of being terrorized by the government and arrested. Which leads me to question why Spain is so against their independence?
Reply to: We need Change in the Mental Health System
I like that you have chose an article on mental health since it is something a lot of people suffer from and so it is important to talk about. Therefore, i agree with your point of view since it is something that get hidden under the rug most of the time. people with mental health issues have been subjected to horrible conditions and abused by those who were supposed to help them for the longest time and one would think that in this day and age that would stop. apparently not, which makes me sad because as someone who has mental health issues i have also had horrible experiences with people who were supposed to help and support me. and it does make it harder to go back and seek treatment and to talk to someone when a person has gone through that. It just makes me wonder when will the government or local communities take mental health seriously? They only seem to for a while once someone dies.
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