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THIS IS ONE WHOLE ASSIGNEMNT — JUST PARAGRAPGS BREAKING THEM APART!!
Economy vs. Environment…how to we choose?
The scenario below is something that happens all too often..weighing the impacts of economics and people’s lives versus environmental impacts. Read the following and answer the questions. PLEASE BE 2 PARAGRAPHS!
A manufacturing facility on a river near your home provides jobs for 200 people in your community of 10,000 people, and it pays $2 million in taxes to the local government each year. Sales taxes from purchases made by plant employees and their families contribute an additional $1 million dollars to local government coffers. However, newspaper reports and recent peer-reviewed studies in well-respected scientific journals reveal that the plant has been discharging large amounts of waste into the river, causing a 25% increase in cancer rates, a 30% reduction in riverfront property values, and a 75% decrease in native fish populations.
The plant owner says the facility can stay in business only because there are no regulations mandating expensive treatment of waste from the plant. If such regulations were imposed, he says he would close the plant, lay off its employees, and relocate to a more business-friendly community.
How would you recommend resolving this situation? What further information would you want to know before making a recommendation? In arriving at your recommendation, how did you weigh the costs and benefits associated with each of the plant’s impacts?
What is Your Favorite Disaster Movie?
Twister, The Day After Tomorrow, Dante’s Peak, San Andreas, Supervolcano, etc.
There have been many movies regarding natural disasters. PLEASE BE AT LEAST ONE PARAGRAPH
1) What is your favorite natural disaster movie?
2) Do you think it was realistic?
3) What do you view as the most critical environmental issue facing our society today? Why do you think this? Where do you get the information to form your opinions (the news, friends, family, etc.)? Is this/are these reputable sources?
I encourage you to think critically about this question and consider why you think what you think! I have included a link to a document to give you some background information on various issues: http://omicsonline.org/scientific-reports/2157-7617-SR-632.pdf
Current Event
Post any news story from the past 3 years that is related to Environmental Science! Please make sure to provide an overview of the article and explain why the news story is relevant. Try to move the discussion forward by ending the post with some thoughtful questions for the class! PLEASE BE AT LEAST 2 PARAGRAPHS!

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