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Please respond to the following discussion topic and submit it to the discussion forum as a single post. Your initial post should be a minimum of 150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. Each reply should be 75-100 words. If you have not done so lately, please review the Rules of Discussion

After reading the textbook, explore two different factors that lead to a growing population. Discuss the environmental and socioeconomic concerns of changes in population size. Is there a carrying capacity for the earth?

Week 4

Many rivers such as the Nile, Yellow River, and even the Rio Grande and Colorado rivers have lost their flow or now run dry before reaching their outlets. Why is there a loss of water? What would it take to return these to a normal water flow?

Week 5

Many places have issues with air pollution like Los Angeles, China, India, etc. Find a current event article about an air quality issue. Share the article, including the reference. Explain what is causing the issue and what is suggested to be done.

Week 6

After reading this week’s chapters, choose a specific type of non-renewable energy and describe the specific health or environmental impacts resulting from its energy extraction or consumption. Discuss solutions and ways to address these issues.

Week 7

There are two types of solid waste – one of those is hazardous waste. The issue of waste and toxic chemicals applies to us and where we live. Use the 
EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) 
Explorer’s Geography search to investigate your own zip code/area to see what chemicals are being released. Choose one or two companies and explore their P2 Report (Pollution Prevention). Share what you learned with your classmates. Discuss the success of the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory and other regulations governing those chemicals.


Share any “Hazardous Household waste” that you have under your sink, in your garage, or in a closet.  Find information  
  Why is it a concern?  What does it contain?  Share any alternatives to that product.

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Week 8

Throughout the last eight weeks, you have applied the scientific method to environmental issues. 

How do you see the scientific method applying to your everyday life? 

How do you see the scientific method playing a role in deciding environmental policy in the next 10, 25, or 50 years?