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Killing Second Einstein - Inefficient Inequality

Media Ethics (Section 03003, Fall 2015)
Equality is a difficult notion to define with certainty.  Does this encompass both social and economic equality?  Some may even declare equality of opportunity to be the only one of true importance.  By comparison, inequality is much easier to identify - one cannot refute inequality if a group...

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Refugees’ problem

Writing III D
     Recently, a lot of serious problems have been happening all over the world. Do you know anything about refugees? I think the refugees’ problem is the most serious problem. I think most of the young people don’t know much about the problem. Actually, I didn’t know anything about it. That’s why...
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Urban Development in City of Mesa

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
The purpose of this article is to present the city of Mesa, in Arizona, in which efforts are taken to adopt “modern urban design” (“City”, 2008, para 3). Indeed, the idea of developing a new part of the city according to urban development is a drastic change in the city that mostly had only one-...

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The Demand for Food

Management of the Biophysical Environment (Geography 3210)
This article summarizes how Glen Murray (who is Ontario's minister of climate change and the environment) is worried about food security in relation to the impacts from climate change. Ontario sources some of its food products from California, which is the American state that is currently in its...

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Saltwater Agriculture

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
             In the article “As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive”, the author Katy Daigle describes how the flooding of the coastlines in India has affected the agriculture. With climate change happening, more glaciers are melting and the sea levels are rising. This results...

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Hope for the North Pole

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
In the article “Why the World is saying “no” to the North Pole” published in The Globe and Mail, it is stated that the countries surrounding the North Pole are signing an accord to prohibit commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean.  Indeed, 40% of this ocean is accessible during the summer. Canada,...

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Eat Bugs

Education & Social Change
Entomophagy is the practice of eating comestible insects such as arachnids and centipedes. This process is shunned upon by the societies of rich countries as the Europeans looked down upon it when colonizing the world because they observed many tribes they considered as ‘savages’ practicing this....
Snipe and Celly

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The Place of Women in Science

Education & Social Change
Recently, I have taken interest in the following question: why are there still so few women in science? In search for answers, I’ve come across interesting articles, one of which exposes common stereotypes in society and denounces how people fail to recognize their absurdity. The title: ‘’Women in...

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It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done

Education & Social Change
It requires effort to successfully juggle between pursuing a degree and playing a sport. It is easy to think that student athletes neglect their education to focus on their sport. What is the real reason behind that? Can’t they also be successful?   In the following article http://www.theguardian....

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Organic Food in Schools Gains Popularity

Education & Social Change
  Organic food. A simple concept, the most vintage of all, yet ignored and underestimated for a long time by our society of consumers and economic growth at any price. It is only since the nineties and the early 2000's that consumers, tired of overconsumption, had a sudden act of conscience and...
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urban sprawl

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
In the article “Just How Far Will Urban Sprawl Spread?” by Dave Levitan, he explains the impacts of explosive growth in the cities we live in. According to Levitan, “in 1990, 40% of the global population lived in cities, in 2010, we reached the 50% threshold, and the percentage is projected to jump all the way to 70% by 2050. The rapid Increase in population in cities will mean more cities, bigger cities, and of course more sprawl according to Levitan.

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Urbanization: An Environmental Force to be reckoned with

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
Human beings have become an increasingly powerful environmental force over the last 10000 years". Humans all together have changed the composition of the planets environment and atmosphere. We have made the land we live on suitable for our needs but neglected everything else that lived there before us. The amount of people on the planet has increased a lot during a short period time and most of the population is moving from the suburban areas into more urban areas. It causes a conflict because it makes places more crowded and makes living for wild life impossible since it is taken over by humans. This problem of more people moving to urban areas cause the demand for expansion in certain regions which means more conduction and less area for animals to live. The increase in population in urban areas is due to the fact that immigration has increased and the people who migrate to the urban area bring up the fertility rate in this region. People migrate to urban areas mainly due to the job opportunities available to them, more school and services like health care and entertainment are a lot more accessible that in rural areas. The environmental effects of urbanization are a serious matter because the people use too many resources within that area which leads to more waste and pollution and makes the quality of life poorer for people. This means that they are more prone to sickness and disease. “In china during the 1970's, the urban populations consumed more than twice as much pork as the rural populations who were rising the pigs”. Since people in rural areas tend to grow and raises their own food it leads to a healthier diet and therefore healthier people but, the urban population tends to have a poor diet which usually consistent mainly of fast food since its more convenient for people to find a restaurant nearby in the city. Moreover, the urban population is more likely to have more electronic goods and a higher quantity of them then people in rural Ares. This means that in urban areas we consume more energy than we really need just because of how easy it is to get a television or even 5 televisions in these areas as a pose to rural areas where cars and electronics are less popular to have. Urbanization also effects global warming due to the amount of Co2 and fossil fuels we use every day to sustain those kind of living conditions. This also causes more air pollution less snow fall because of the heating of that area. Intern, many of these unhealthy living conditions can cause serious health issues in these regions ad increase the is of infections and illness and the chance of it happening to a denser population. Overall urbanization is not good at all in terms of the planet and its longevity because it takes a lot of energy to maintain the services and to keep up with the demand of the growing population which leads to the use of more carbon emission and fossil fuels being used. Urbanization: An Environmental Force to Be Reckoned With. (n.d.). Retrieved November 27, 2015, from

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JURI 1106A Law as a Social Science
There are many benefits to studying law as a social science. If we did not analyze the relations between law and the people it governs, we would not have an accurate understanding of how it works.  It is vital to recognize that humans are social beings. Our opinions, thoughts, and interactions all affect how the law is understood and followed.

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New Studies on Urban Heat Island Effect

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
          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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Article 4: Urban Development in New Delhi: Smart Cities Development

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
New Delhi’s ministry of urban development are presently developing a new project based on the principle of the “Smart City”1.  This project, which will touch 25 cities in India, has for objective to enhance the energy supply and its infrastructure. Plus, “at the Smart City Proposal Enhancement Workshop, the ministries of petroleum and natural gas, power, new and renewable energy and department of electronics and information technology made detailed presentations on various schemes that could be converged under smart city development for better results” (Sharma, 2015, para. 3).

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Good Urban Design is Key to Sustainable Cities

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
The article UN officials say good urban design key to ensuring sustainable, inclusive cities emphasizes, as the title suggests, the major role of urban design while building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous cities. According to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of United Nations, good designs can help to reduce climate change and make cities safer and cleaner. Furthermore, Mr. Ban said that a New Urban Agenda is being discussed in order to inforce urbanization designs for common good.

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Threats and Solutions of Urban Development

Planetary Challenge - Fall 2015
"Half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world's people are expected to live in urban areas" (Leen)says the National Geographic. When one thinks about how crowded our cities are now, its hard to imagone how bad itll be in 2015. In the National Geographic article called "Urban Threats" the threats and possible solutions of urban development. Not only does this list the environmental impacts but the social impacts such as poverty.

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The Disappearance of the Tall Trees

Management of the Biophysical Environment (Geography 3210)
The Disappearance of the Tall Trees   Since the 1930s, California has lost half of its large trees and once again, climate change appears to be a major factor.  According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the number of trees larger than two feet in diameter have declined by 50 percent on more than 46 000 square miles of California forests (Cornwall, 2015).  While some regions of California have been impacted by a loss of large trees more than others, no area was exempt.   

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Editor's Pick will host International Education Week (IEW) from  November –Monday, Nov 16  to Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. This global conversation is organized by Minnesota Community and Technical College (MCTC) with expected participating classes from China, Japan, Denmark, Montenegro, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Equador & Columbia.  

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