Management of the Biophysical Environment - 2016

About this class

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.

University of Guelph
by dcarroll on December 5, 2016
National Geographic addresses multiple issues in One of the World’s Biggest Fisheries is on the Verge of Collapse. The two biggest being natural resource governance, and conflict over open-access resources. The environmental issue at hand being fisheries over-extracting fish stock in the South China Sea, where 10 countries and territories surrounding the South China Sea extract stock in order to support their economies, as well as their need for fish to support the hunger of many.

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University of Guelph
by OldElPaso_Mucho... on December 1, 2016
          This post will provide a brief summary of a news article posted by CBC News, Kitchener-Waterloo, on September 26, 2016. The article, written by Kate Bueckert, is titled “Why Nestlé's Aberfoyle well matters so much to Guelph, Ont., residents”. Following the summary, a brief discussion of thoughts and opinions regarding the article will be provided.

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University of Guelph
by breanne on November 29, 2016
            Climate change seems to have our undivided attention as its effects span every cultural, social, and economic reach of our earth’s populace. In a nutshell, carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere resulting from anthropogenic activity has initiated the rapidly accelerated warming of temperatures globally. We hear through the media on a regular basis, just how imperative it is that we halt the rise before it exceeds unrecoverable levels and drastic changes begin to occur in every facet of the environment.

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University of Guelph
by mcaponci on November 29, 2016
With climate change at the forefront of most environmental discussions, scientists have taken it upon themselves to seek out a viable path forward towards achieving our climate targets by 2050. Clean energy and a move towards decarbonization has been distinguished as the most urgent task. Scientists conclude that through the use in nuclear power, whole civilizations can be powered and carbon emissions can be dramatically lowered. Nuclear power is being characterized as environmentally advantageous in comparison to alternative for of energy.

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University of Guelph
by vquach94 on November 28, 2016
The Pacific Northwest LNG project was announced in 2013; a $36 billion gas project that’s an extension of the Petronas Company. It would export 19 million tons a year of liquefied gas to markets in Asia, while contributing more than 5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, annually. This project would be beneficial to Canada’s economy and as such, the Liberals have granted approval, alongside the federal government of British Columbia, who has granted conditional approval of the LNG project.

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University of Guelph
by cstew92 on November 28, 2016
The purpose of this article is to reveal a discrepancy in the the estimates put forth by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding global wastewater fossil carbon in their total greenhouse gas emissions. According to the IPCC their model when considering wastewater emissions relies on assuming that the carbon contained and released from wastewater is non-petroleum based – for example human waste.

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University of Guelph
by Cped101 on November 28, 2016
National Parks: The Pressures of Development http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/thenational/national-parks-pressure-1.3797434

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University of Guelph
by nchis_1 on November 28, 2016
The decline of marine species is having troubling affects on fisheries around the world. In an interview with marine biologist Dr. Worm, Mike Adams uses his expert opinions and recommendations to document the issue in greater depth. The article and interview covers the problem of commercial fishing of every corner of our planets oceans, with many of the fisheries now failing. During the interview, Dr. Worm exaggerated how unsustainable the sea life population is as a leading food source of the world.

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University of Guelph
by kjohn on November 26, 2016
       Pipeline development has become a contentious issue in Canada.  Pipeline enthusiasts point to the role of fossil fuels in the Canadian economy as justification for the expense and risk involved in construction and operation.  On the other hand, environmental activists are adamant that further fossil fuels exploration and pipeline development is detrimental to the environment and negates Canada’s climate change mitigation commitments.  People belonging to the First Nations of Canada are particularly concerned about pipelines because land development and environmental degradation threa

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University of Guelph
by ao1sc on November 26, 2016
One of the planet’s largest ecosystems is brewing in controversy: is manmade pollution impacting the oceans?  Recent studies have shown that marine degradation is rapidly accelerating with thousands of tons of waste such as sewage, oil, chemicals, and mostly plastic, entering the oceans every day creating trash vortexes. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest of all and spans from Japan to the West Coast of the United States.

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University of Guelph
by samanthacasey on November 26, 2016
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University of Guelph
by Andrew1262 on November 26, 2016
The concept of alternative energy has been growing in discussion over the last few years, and has given concern to many modern energy use concerns and how they link to other issues such as climate change. The topic has created a separation of many manager opinions regarding the use of energy, and this is especially so with Ontario. In recent years Ontario has cooperated with the fight against climate change with the construction of numerous wind farms and solar energy panels throughout Ontario.

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University of Guelph
by Philly Dias on November 25, 2016
A little over a year ago, the Albertan government implemented the Climate Leadership Plan, a new mitigation tactic to transition away from harmful forms of energy, and promote the growth of their oil industry. With the impacts of global warming at an all time high, Alberta needed to take preventive measures of their resources, while still allowing for their staple economy to thrive. Alberta as a state, must strive to sustainably manage their resources whilst promoting economic growth, sustaining job security, and planning goals to protect their residents and the surrounding environment.

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University of Guelph
by Gryphon_guelph on November 25, 2016
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-november-11-2016-1.3845820/what-trump-s-climate-change-denial-means-for-canada-1.3845891 What Trump's climate change denial means for Canada

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University of Guelph
by elle_wing on November 25, 2016
Cover: Location of Proposed Park in downtown Edmonton. (Taken from Google Maps on 25 November 2016)

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University of Guelph
by mmoher on November 25, 2016
Every month you open that water bill you’ve been dreading and are stunned by the amount you have to pay. What if I told you large corporations and industries are pulling trillions of litres of fresh water from Ontario’s watershed for free. CBC’s John Lancaster and Jennifer Fowler reported in 2015 that most water users including agriculture, municipalities, the sand and gravel industry as well as golf courses are not paying a single dime for water.

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University of Guelph
by jessieparlee on November 25, 2016
In summary, the piece of media which has been selected is regarding the protest against the North Dakota Pipeline in Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Thousands of people have now displayed their support with the first nation community. Protests, marches and rallies have also taken place all over Canada, as a way to display solidarity. Standing Rock Sioux Nation is opposed to the construction of a multi-million dollar project that would transport crude oil from the Bakken oil field, close to the border of Saskatchewan Canada, into the border of Illinois.

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by Tmeade1 on November 20, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
For decades, Africans fleeing from their war torn countries have resided in many parts  of India.    As I researched further into Africans living in India, I found out about the ongoing issue of racism.  There have been many short films, and news articles showing how badly Africans living in India are treated.  Some Indians have gone as far as harassing, and  assaulting many African students.   Some of these hate crimes even take place during the day when many people are around. No matter where Africans go, they are discriminated against-and it’s sad.

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by bdona11 on November 18, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
            It was clear to me after reading the comments on my previous blog post that I needed to further develop points on topics that I briefly talked about in my last post. Two commentors told me that it would be a good idea to read the articles that they posted in their comments so that I could further develop my points about the two issues. The two issues that the commentors want me to further develop my point on are Intersectionality and the mommy track. To do this I will use the articles that they provided for me to look at, as well as, one or two that I found myself.

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by ncori1 on November 17, 2016
SUNY Brockport
Invasive Species Radio Script  Niko: Hey this is Niko coming to you from Brockport NY to bring you a special news story. Niko: Many people don’t know about the controversial topic of invasive species. Niko: Now for the people who don’t know what an invasive species is; it’s basically a species that has been introduced in a place separate from its natural habitat through humans. Niko: Here in New York there is a legal penalty for chopping down an ash tree. But why is that?

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by AJ on November 14, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
    Most people are very familiar with vaccinations; whether they have children that were vaccinated at birth, they remember themselves vaccinated or someone they know being vaccinated. It is a typical that the majority of people have received vaccines because, this is what we have been taught to be the best practice. There have been many requirements throughout the world, requiring students to be vaccinated to attend school.

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by AJ on November 14, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
         People donate money to different medical foundations in hopes to raise awareness and further research. Many people do this to help ill patients, in memory of someone who they have known that passed from the sickness or to do what they think is a kind act of good heartedness. In recent years, some foundations have been found to be fraudulent. This means that they are advertising for people to donate money to their fictional foundation. Then when donations are made, the money is not going to a foundation but into the con artists’ pockets. Rebecca R.

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by hlvolpe on November 6, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
                        In my summary i am going to be talking about a few articles dealing with special education. The more  that I see and read on this issue, I realize how much improvement needs to be made. There are so many issues with the current system. For instance some reports i read talk about the racism when dealing with students and whose receiving special education services. In some cases

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by 22paris on November 4, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
                “Easy, breezy, beautiful… CoverBoy?” This well-known slogan has been chanted by the many faces of the makeup line, CoverGirl throughout the years. Female actresses, models, singers, etc. have been plastered on various media outlets representing the face of the brand. All of the women with high defined cheekbones, perfectly lined lips, voluminous hair, long eyelashes, and a smile. But, the company has recently decided to break this gender stereotype by signing a new model with a beauty contract. This person is not a celebrity, nor a female.

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by dainguyen267 on November 4, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
            Nowadays, when sexual behaviors are publicly and openly portrayed through television and other electronic media, viewers, specially people in a development period when gender roles, sexual attitudes, and sexual behavior are being shaped, will have a different perception regarding virginity of a woman.  In addition, the movement for gender equality has successfully broken down barriers between women and men. Thus, it leads to a dramatical change in conservative attitudes towards virginity and premarital sex.

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by sconti on November 4, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
I've read a lot of women powering articles. I've heard about them on the news. It's a topic that might not ever die out. Why? Because it's a topic that changes as the decades go on. As a women, myself, I have great respect for women who have originated, founded, governed, prophesied, created great art, fought for our rights, and for ourselves. These are the type of women we all need to be like. We need to make our own stories and prove that we are equal to men.   

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by 22paris on November 4, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
      What exactly comes to mind when you hear the words and phrases: “Think outside the box,” “hero,” “let’s explore” and “desert adventure awaits?” Most would answer that question with words such as, daring, creative, courageous, etc. These phrases were displayed boldly on t-shirts within the boys’ section of a clothing store, symbolizing the world’s image of the stereotypical boy. An eight year old girl from the U.K. realized something was wrong when she traveled from that section of clothing to the girls’.

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by SHolmes on November 3, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2016/06/23/why-arent-there-more-female-airline-pilots-this-high-flying-woman-is-breaking-boundaries/#4fdcefce3f96  

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by NewsCowboy43 on November 3, 2016
SUNY Brockport
James Yaw CMC 243-61 Radio TV Writing   James: Live from NPR news in Washington I’m James Yaw. Air quality is becoming a global issue, as a recent report by Canadian news has found that China tops the World Health Organization’s list for deadliest outdoor air pollution with a shocking 1 million deaths last year, which accounts for one-third of total deaths worldwide. William Clarke, biology major at Guelph University, has more.  

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by gshep on November 2, 2016
SUNY Brockport
SOUND: THUNDER STRIKE WITH RAIN APPROACHING. ESTABLISH AND FADE UNDER   ANNCR:

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by kaeleigh17 on November 2, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
As time goes on, there are changing trends that are affecting the legal profession. There are some trends that are exclusive to the United States and its extensive law system and there are trends that are seen around the world as well. TheBalance, a financial website, writes about the trends that are “reshaping the legal industry” domestically. Chamber Student, a law research group based in England report on the changing trends in the United Kingdom as well as the European Union.

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by leochai219 on November 2, 2016
SUNY Brockport
Ocean Acidification (Intro Music: 30 sec long) Leo:  Hey guys, my name is Leo Chai, host of Nature’s Radio Podcast and       today we will be having a special guest.  Harriet Minc, a biology student from Guelph University,  who is here to answer questions about her research on Ocean      Acidification.           Harriet:            Hi, great to be here today           Leo: Alright, nice to have you here.

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by asquerns on November 1, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
As Americans, we often regard ourselves as leading the charge against the unethical treatment of individuals with regard to gender. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that we are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to the mindless and senseless practice of male circumcision. To demonstrate the ugly reality of this unnecessary operation, imagine this: the parents of a newborn take their child to the doctor. They tell the doctor they want their son's nose fixed. The doctor is confused by this request, so she asks the parents to explain the problem with his nose.

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by jander18 on October 29, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
In the Article “New study confirms every female boss' fear that she just can't win” By Rebecca Ruizhttp www.mashable.com/2015/07/10/female-bosses/#iWrQxPQoukqL .

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by jander18 on October 29, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
Do you think women are often stereotyped in the workplace because of their gender? Do you prefer a male boss to a female boss or vice versa or does their sex not matter? Nowadays Woman have taken on major roles in the workplace. Rather than the stereotypical phrases such as “Women belong in the kitchen” Now century’s later women are bosses, doctors, teachers and so much more. Well even though times have changed, am sure there are still some men who struggles with taking orders from women. What do these men think of the fact there could be a woman president?

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by josh_cifelli5817 on October 28, 2016
SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
Are self-driving cars the future of driving and safe? Hopefully because that would save me so much time! Although a lot of people are very worried about the risks for very good reasons. Some risks include weather, unpredictable humans, face to face interactions (like at a four way stop), urban areas/bridges, and unclear road markings (according to Danielle Muoio from business insider). These are very important issues although some of them are already fixed or are almost fixed.

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12 months 3 days 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.

1 year 2 hours 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

1 year 3 hours 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

1 year 1 day 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?

1 year 1 day 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...

1 year 2 days 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?

1 year 4 days 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.

1 year 4 days 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.

1 year 6 days 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?

1 year 6 days 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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