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.
Discuss the various disposal and recycling options that exist when a cell phone is no longer wanted or useable. Be sure to point out the environmental impact(s) associated with each option.
The current U.S. economic system uses a high-consumption, high-waste approach that depends upon ever increasing economic growth. Why is this approach unsustainable in the long run?
Discuss the legislation and consequences of the ‘Superfund’ program.
Would you oppose having a waste incinerator, a hazardous waste landfill, or a deep-injection well for hazardous waste storage located in or near your community? For each of these possibilities, explain your response. If you are against having these waste-disposal facilities in your community, how do you believe the hazardous wastes generated in your community should be managed?
China relies on coal for two-thirds of its commercial energy supply and 80% of its electricity, partly because the country has a great deal of coal. Yet China’s coal burning has made it the world’s top CO2 emitter and has probably sped up the process of atmospheric warming. Do you think China is justified in using coal intensively, as other countries, including the United States, have done and continue to do? Explain. What are China’s alternatives?
Here is the link to the Center for Naval Research report regarding climate change and national security. Read the report and write a synopsis on the report.
Some people disagree with the IPCC findings. What are the motivations of these people and how has this criticism strengthened the science?
What data is used in computer models run by climate scientists, and what exactly do the models tell us?
Read the following news and make comments on the news.