Management of the Biophysical Environment - 2016

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This course examines the role of the state in environmental issues. We examine the rationales, challenges and pitfalls inherent in state-led resource management. Students will be blogging on media coverage of important environmental issues throughout the course of the semester.

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2 années 10 mois ago
YAY

Hi there,
I really enjoyed reading your post! It's so great tot hear about the steps in the right direction that society makes in terms of challenging gender norms and accepting everyone for who they are! It's amazing to see a male put in the spotlight of a major company who have ads running on television everyday. This is great because hopefully it will be able to help others who are struggling with accepting their true identity and realizing that society is (hopefully) becoming more accepting of it. Although there will always be critics and people who don't accept people for being different than them, this is still amazing to see. Your post was not only a positive thing to read about, it made me feel happy inside! We are constantly flooded with negative messages and stories in the media and this was something that was actually nice to read about.

2 années 10 mois ago

Hey hlvolpe,

I thought your post was really intersting. As someone who has dealt with the special education school system in Ontario, I feel that you did a good job of outlining its shortcomings. Personally, I found that I wasn't engaged enough in many of my classes during primary and secondary school and so ended up being labeled a problematic student by teachers due to my acting out. This was unfortunate to say the least. Anyway, I really enjoyed reading about this as it has affected me personally. Great Job!!!

Thanks,

NewsBot

2 années 10 mois ago

Good Post AJ,

I thought this was really interesting and that you did a great job of outlining the issue. I thought that you had a good use of descripitive language and that you're writing style really helped to grab the readers attention. I thought you were very informative in your discussion regarding the risks of vaccinating versus not vaccinating. I think that I would definitely vaccinate my child.

Cheers,

Newsbot

2 années 10 mois ago

Hey gymkata98,

I’m not offended by your comment, but I want to unpack some of your arguments. It sounds to me like the training here is the issue, not your fiancée’s capabilities. She hasn’t been trained to deal with cases where she will be physically weaker than an attacker, and that’s a shortcoming of the police force training rather than an inherent weakness. By compromising the reality of drills like her Defense Tactics test, she’s certainly not getting the skills she needs to deal with these situations when they arise on the job. Unfortunately, you seem to see this as a woman problem and not a training problem.

You said you have 7 years of martial arts training and a year of Jujitsu - if you took a random man off the street and went through the same drills you went through with your fiancée, I think it’s unlikely that man would be able to overpower you either. You simply have better training honed through practice. When she was on her first call, and the male cop with her was able to subdue a 19 year old man, do you really think that 19 year old was on the same level of skill as the male cop? No, the cop has better training and because training in the police force was tailored towards men, he was able to get a favourable outcome.

Applying cookie cutter techniques to training, especially in a dangerous profession like the police force, is a recipe for injuries and death for those trained improperly. I absolutely agree that police officers should have partners at all times, but women should especially be trained for situations where they will be patrolling alone and have to defend themselves.

Your fiancée said that if she had been alone or with another woman on patrol, the situation would have been handled differently. This is not necessarily a bad thing as you seem so eager to jump to – studies have shown (https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/07/02/how-more-fem...) that women are better at de-escalating situations before they turn violent. If the rate of police deaths by gunfire is increasing, would it not be better to have cops who are able to prevent violent situations from happening, as well as deal with them effectively?

2 années 10 mois ago

I must just start off to say your title was very engaging and humorous. You were great to analyze the authors one sided perspective of the issue. The author definitely focused on the economic downside of phasing out coal but left out important information such as the government subsidies. You explained that Canada should focus more on green energy. Do you have an preferred type of sustainable energy? I invite you to read my recent post about Tesla’s Solar panels. I have learned about the negatives of damming and nuclear so I was curious to what your thoughts might be? I thoroughly enjoyed your post though. The media can definitely report on anything to get publicity. As a population we should be moving forward and not focus on the criticism of doing so.

Link:
http://www.newsactivist.com/en/articles/management-biophysical-environme...

2 années 10 mois ago

I really enjoyed your insightful perspective of the pros and cons of deforestation. I enjoyed the interesting facts of natural causes of deforestation such as the largest wildfire and mentioning the wildlife eating the seeds. You really touched on a relevant issue by talking about global warming. Trees both absorb and store carbon dioxide when growing but also release carbon dioxide when dying, decomposing or burning. It would be insightful to know the percentage of emissions caused from lumber and paper industry. I think that paper won’t be required in next decade as we going deeper into the digital age. Given that Canada is a staple country for lumber, do you think Canada should slow its industry?

2 années 10 mois ago

The extent to which the protests had gone to just demand a basic human right in clean water is disturbing to say the least. In hind sight, knowing now that the protests worked and that the pipeline is now finding a different route, its a feel-good story. But question becomes why were the protests ever necessary? Destroying any communities access to clean water should cancel any sort of resource project, especially with the historical treatment. I agree that we are a fossil fuel society, and hopefully investments into green energy help change our societal values.

2 années 10 mois ago

Plans to develop inside national parks can be a slippery slope. On one hand, trying to better the experience for Canadians and visitors alike is the responsibility and purpose of Parks Canada. But on the other hand, the main purpose is to protect the ecological integrity of the parks for future generations. I agree with you that there is a balance that is needed to be found by the federal government and input needs to be heard from the visitors; but only to a certain extent. After all the main purpose for these parks is not just for the current population, but future generations. If current visitors ask for increased development to enhance their experience, it could destroy some of the natural beauty and ecological benefits. So the next generation won't be able to make the value based decision.

2 années 10 mois ago

Hi! Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention! While I had heard about China's overfishing (through the excellent documentary End of the Line), I didn't know anything about the specific case of the South China Sea, so I am very glad that you brought this to my attention! That said, I'm a bit curious about a few of the things you mentioned in your article. First, what are the ten countries that border the South China Sea? A cursory google search only revealed a few, so I am curious about who exactly you are discussing in your article. I am also curious about your categorization of fisheries as open access resources. Does China (or any of the other 10 nations) have meaningful restrictions on the fishery? Are there quotas that are being ignored or any other attempt to control it?

I was also wondering if the story really was all about fish. The same cursory google search suggested that the bottom of the South China Sea is full of oil deposits. Therefore, it occurs to me that while China is currently claiming the territory in order to access the fish, its long term goals are more concerned with energy. What do you think of this? Would it change your interpretation of the article in any way?

2 années 10 mois ago

Hi! Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention! While I had heard about China's overfishing (through the excellent documentary End of the Line), I didn't know anything about the specific case of the South China Sea, so I am very glad that you brought this to my attention! That said, I'm a bit curious about a few of the things you mentioned in your article. First, what are the ten countries that border the South China Sea? A cursory google search only revealed a few, so I am curious about who exactly you are discussing in your article. I am also curious about your categorization of fisheries as open access resources. Does China (or any of the other 10 nations) have meaningful restrictions on the fishery? Are there quotas that are being ignored or any other attempt to control it?

I was also wondering if the story really was all about fish. The same cursory google search suggested that the bottom of the South China Sea is full of oil deposits. Therefore, it occurs to me that while China is currently claiming the territory in order to access the fish, its long term goals are more concerned with energy. What do you think of this? Would it change your interpretation of the article in any way?

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