Environmental problems

Choose a topic from the list below, or consult with your professor to choose your own topic related to what you have studied in class:

Environmental Systems and Feedback Loops
Human Population Growth and its Effect on the Environment
Environmental Health
Toxicology
Air Pollution
Water Resources
Water Pollution
Energy and Resources
Sustainability
Focus on an environmental problem related to your topic. Every chapter we have read in your book has started with a case study. You may choose one of them as a springboard for your topic and issue.Write a 3-5 page paper (not including the cover and reference pages) in APA format that:

Describe the problem in detail. Set the specific problem you choose in the context of your overall topic, and in the context of the biblical principles for environmental stewardship discussed in this course.
Describe the important factors that contribute to the problem you chose to discuss.
Describe the people and/or environments that are affected by the problem.
Evaluate the current strategies and solutions that communities, states, and the Federal Government have in place to address this issue.
Discusses a reasonable long-term strategy to reach a more sustainable solution to this issue. Include:
Cost and benefits issues from your strategy
Required community, the federal government, and global support are needed for your strategy to be successful.
Biblical principles of environmental stewardship

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Human impact on the environment

Throughout the course, you have learned about human impact on the environment, our food sources, the impact of waste on the environment, air and water quality, and sources of energy. This week you are going to investigate how information we gather from the environment can cause us to change our behaviors.

Think about the metropolitan area nearest to where you live. Search the Internet or the University Library to find out what it looked like before people lived there. What does the physical environment of the city look like now? How has the environment changed over time? What might have caused those environmental changes?

In response to the health of the environment, and how you see it changed over time, what might be some future environmental changes in your city?

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Influencing positive change on a local environmental challenge.

A local middle school science teacher is teaching students how information collected about the health of the environment can be used to positively change human behavior. The class wants to learn about a local environmental challenge and if there are any related local regulations or policies. They also want to know how they, individually, can make a difference. As a member of the community and a person interested in environmental science, you have volunteered to create a video presentation to share with the middle school science students to help. Keep in mind that middle school students are in 6th- to 8th-grade, usually between 11 and 14 years old. Your presentation must be comprehensive and at the appropriate level for your audience to understand.

Create a 3- to 4-minute video about how the students can influence positive change on a local environmental challenge.

Identify a local environmental challenge. For example, an Arizona town suspended its curbside recycling and all waste is going to the local landfill.

Summarize the local environmental challenge. Support your summary with at least 2 sources from the University Library ,reputable environmental groups, and government websites.

Explain why this challenge is relevant to the middle school class. Remember that while it is important to be honest with children about the realities of the health of the environment, be sure not to scare them. Focus on why it should be important to them, and that they can take action to help.

Identify any local regulations or policies that have been created in response to this challenge. For instance, some state and local governments have banned single-use plastic bags in an effort to reduce plastic waste in landfills and reduce aquatic trash that harms wildlife, rivers, streams, and oceans. Remember, the purpose of this presentation is to help the students think about how they can change their behavior, not to teach them about regulations. Only mention the regulations so that students can understand how society has used regulations to change behavior. Do not spend too much time explaining details of the regulations to the students.

Recommend 3 sustainable actions the middle school students can do in response to this challenge to help.

Explain how each of the 3 recommended sustainable actions are supported by environmental science.

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Environmental impacts

Discuss environmental impacts associated with a) hunter-gatherer societies, b) agricultural

societies and c) industrialized societies.

Include both positive and negative impacts and your opinion on sustainability of each society.

Support your points with literature. (You are supposed to discuss all 3 societies, not just one)

Bring Global and Canadian examples for your discussion. Support your points with literature.

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Energy Analysis

Where does the energy that powers your home originate? Let us find out.

First, go to the EPA Power Profiler website.

Complete the Power Profiler information. You will be provided with a report showing a breakdown of where your household energy comes from and how this compares to national averages.
Address the following:

Report the region you are in and the percentages of non-hydroelectric renewable, hydroelectric, nuclear, oil, gas, and coal derived energy that are in use.
How do these values compare to the national averages?
Discuss the differences and similarities between your regional and national values. Factors to consider: Is your area windy? Sunny? On a coast? Does your state have legislation or incentives to increase energy independence? The example above is from the Pittsburgh region, which is a major coal-producer. This is reflected in the fact that this area uses far more coal for energy than the national average

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The Organization’s External And Internal Environment

External factors are influences outside of a company that can impact a business. Most dominantly, this includes the economic and political environment of a country, competitors, technological changes, and customers. There can be slight variations of this as indicated in the Environmental Factors diagram. Factors outside of a company that affect its ability to operate are considered part of the external environment. Some external elements can be manipulated by marketing while others require the company to make adjustments. Many times, these external factors are difficult to control or even predict, and can be downright confusing. Managers should oversee the basic components of their company’s external environment, continually keeping close watch for any significant changes.

Internal factors are the strengths and weakness of a company that can affect how the company meets its main goals and objectives. Factors such as leadership styles, the company’s mission statement, and its organizational culture are frequently considered to be internal. Employee behavior is defined by the company’s internal environment. This internal environment is made up of the variables within the company that include the current employees, management, and the corporate culture. Companies need to have the proper people in place in order to motivate their team of employees and to have knowledge of the different factors that can affect a company’s earning potential.

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An external environmental analysis in the development of a strategic plan.

Evaluate the significance and implications of an external environmental analysis in the development of a strategic plan. For your evaluation:
Explain the purpose of environmental analysis.
Describe possible implications of environmental analysis in the creation of your strategic plan.
Analyze evolving external issues that can have an impact on the strategic plan.
Evaluate benefits of competitive analysis as part of the strategic planning process.
Based on your SWOT analysis, provide an assessment of your chosen organization in which you:
Evaluate the organization’s ability to accomplish its mission, goals, and objectives as set in previous strategic plans.
Evaluate the organization’s ability to respond to internal and external changes and challenges.
Incorporate your SWOT analysis findings into clearly stated goals and objectives for a 3- to 5-year period, focusing on your strategic plan areas.
You will have 2 to 3 goals for each year, with 2 to 3 measurable objectives for each goal.
Goals may span several years.
Outline your goals and objectives clearly and provide a narrative explanation for each of them.

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Operating environment

According to the additional reading by USMC LtCol Reuter, the future Joint Force will engage in an operating environment that is a complex mixture of uncertainty, change, and conflict. Among these complexities, global access will be challenged by anti-access and area-denial measures, focused on limiting the Joint Force’s freedom of action in a persistent combination of combat, security, engagement, and relief and reconstruction operations. Furthermore, resource constraints will produce military-wide reductions and necessitate a more economical approach to global logistics. As efficiencies are achieved, though, global logistics must effectively sustain the Joint Force. A key factor of success or failure is the effectiveness and efficiency of the logistics enterprise, of which the supply chain is an enabling capability.

Analyzing this DoD case study, in what specific ways could the SCOR framework be used to enhance and enable the combined joint military supply chain to be both more effective (supply chain performance) and efficient (less costly).

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Anthropocentrism

Two key perspectives in environmental ethics are anthropocentrism, meaning human-centered, and ecocentrism (or biocentrism), meaning nature-centered, where humans are seen as one part of the ecosystem. Two primary types of values associated with the environment are intrinsic (inherent worth) and instrumental (useful). For instance, some environmentalists believe that trees have intrinsic value, and as living things, deserve to be protected. Others view trees as having value because they are useful in some way. This activity aligns with module outcomes 1 and 4.

Discussion Question

Prepare for your discussion by completing your readings and viewings. Then respond to the following:

What is the environmental concern most important to you? Provide a rationale to support your opinion. Do you approach it from an anthropocentric or ecocentric viewpoint and why? What are the intrinsic or instrumental values that you consider?
Provide at least one facebook or SNS link that best represents your current issue. Share a synopsis of the information from your chosen site. To what extent does the site represent all of the ethical considerations of this issue? Here is a partial list of environmental social networking sites you may draw upon: 25 Environmental Forums and Social Media Sites

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Regarding macro environmental factors

Prepare a two-three page report addressing the following issue:

You have just been assigned to work with a strategy team in an organization to predict issues and opportunities that might be expected for the next 2 years.

Using information from chapter 4 regarding macro environmental factors, explain what information you would provide to this team?

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