Welcome to Dr. Chen’s ENV 102 blog site for UWGB students to discuss and comment on subjects and issues that are related to the course contents of ENV 02. These research questions will appear in the exam as bonus questions. There are many advantages for you both in improving grades and in getting best 360 degree learning experiences by visiting the site, taking the challenges, discussing with your friends or faculty on those research issues and questions.
Why does it matter that excessive withdrawal of water from aquatic systems for human uses can reduce river flows, shrink lakes, dry up wetlands, and deplete aquifers? Explain your reasoning.
Who is Paul Polak? What did he do to help poor farmers?
Why do NASA climate researchers predict that 45% of the world’s land area could experience extreme drought conditions by 2059, and why should we be concerned?
Explain how clear-cutting large areas of tropical rain forest can change the climate and water cycle.
On page 278, the Textbook cites ‘withdrawing more water’ using technology as one way to solve global water shortage problem. What is your take? Present your argument with facts and evidences.
Textbook had some discussions on California Water Project (page 273). What is it? What are the consequences for this water project?
Will we be able to replace gasoline with ethanol from either corn or cellulose to power our vehicles in the next 50 years? Present your argument with facts and evidences.
What will be the role of government in affecting the transition from nonrenewable, polluting energy sources to renewable, environmentally-friendly energy sources?
There are controversies regarding with growing corns for ethanol. What is your opinion? Present your opinion and argument with fact and evidences.
Discuss how the cause algae bloom and how it is related to industrial agriculture practices.