Sustainability has become on the most crucial achievements to societies all over the world in recent years. As the human population keeps degrading ecosystems all over the world, the commitment that conservationists, scientists, politicians, and individuals have towards preserving our fragile planet has been growing. Like any issue that the human race faces, this one comes with much controversy and conflicting approaches towards the issues at hand. Some prevalent controversies that are extremely pressing to the quality of our natural habitats everywhere are the options for energy sources and the preservation of ecosystems. For starters when it comes to the consumption of energy throughout the world, we can head in the direction of conservation of our current fossil fuels, or opt to revolutionize our ways and convert to solely renewable energy sources. Another issue is the ways to go about preserving ecosystems that humans are currently harming, seen in the management of marine life throughout our oceans, lakes and rivers. While some believe that natural reserves and protected areas are positively restoring diversity and abundance in the waters, there is another point of view that suggests that the enforcement and management of protecting the marine biodiversity has been poorly executed and more drastic measures need to be taken if there is any hope of sustaining our waters. One more heavily discussed topic is the utilization of nuclear energy as the world’s leading resource for energy. The current high demand for energy and reliability makes this option appealing, but the lack of ability of nuclear energy to provide for transportation along with the risk of pollution and high construction costs makes other green energy sources more appealing. Each point of view discussed has its pros, cons, strengths and weaknesses that are reflected throughout arguments in Robert W. Taylor’s book, “Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Sustainability,” in which he shares many experts opinions on all of these controversies. As our societies are developing the usage and demand for energy is constantly rising which causes us to either seek options for conservation or to switch the methods in which we create the energy we use. Both of these options are heavily debated when figuring out what to do to plan for future generations. Each side’s supporters have proposals on how their opinion is the most beneficial, consisting of both strong and weak components to their take on the debate. I first examined the argument that supports conservation of the energy consumption resources that we currently use in the article “The ‘Secret Benefits’ from Energy Conservation: Contribute Value Worth and 18% Improvement to Energy Savings,” written by Eric A. Woodroof, Wayne C. Turner, and Steven D. Heinz. Their examination of conserving energy came down to some very excellent points on why it would be beneficial such as the savings on utility bills when people turn off their energy consuming units when not in use, the less frequent need for repairs because products last longer when used less, and the independence from worrying about energy cost spikes. The way the authors calculated out examples and of how much lighting a building can cost each year, and compared those number to the cost if there was a 25% usage reduction was a very terse and influential way to support their argument. It got the point across that in the specific example there could be savings worth $10,993 to $30,275 a year, which is an attractive factor for the general public to save that much money. Another meaningful addition to their argument was the explanation on a greener image and how that can be beneficial to companies. I thought this was extremely interesting because with the awareness of global warming on the rise, people all over are looking for ways they can help the environment and reduce carbon footprints. When a label in a store says recycled or appliances say energy saving, it
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IB History, Per. 3
19 May 2014
Taking Sides Essay: LaFeber
Thesis: By looking at two supporting arguments and a counter argument, we can see how
LeFeber’s argument that the US forced the Caribbean nations to be economically dependent
on them is stronger than Healy’s argument.
In LaFeber’s argument, LaFeber brings up the idea of neodependency the theory that
the US used to gain informal control over the Caribbean nations. This dependency is defined…
Critical Issue Analysis
After reading the selected critical issue, use the following questions to analyze the issue.
What are at least two facts presented by each side of the critical issue?
“A report in 2000 in the Journal of Child Neurology describes the case of an eight-year-old boy who developed vasculitis and stroke after taking Ritalin for one and one-half years for hyperactivity” (Halgin, 2009).
“AMPHETAMINES HAVE A HIGH POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE. ADMINISTRATION OF AMPHETAMINES FOR PROLONGED PERIODS…
blood sugars to a rate that is deemed as the “norm” this is usually around 4.0 to 7.9
Insulin can be administered in two different types of ways; these are either through an injection, which is usually given through either side of the leg, side of the arms, in the belly or in the side of the buttock. When using any of these injection sites, it is crucial that you rotate the injection sites to decrease the chance of the insulin forming into a ball on the base of the skin, because if this happens it will…
steroids. From 1999-2001, Marion received 5 medals, 3 gold and 2 bronze. In 2001 the International Olympic Committee investigated Marion Jones. They accused her of taking steroids, not knowing what her coach had been doing, Marion denied it. In 2003, Marion was then subjected to taking a drug test. She failed. Marion was guilty of not only taking illegal drugs but also lying about her ability for two years. Jones was sentenced in a federal court to six months in prison, two years of probation and community…
Before deciding that steroids are bad one should take a look at all the different sides to steroid usage. For starters, a person should keep in mind all the different pros and cons of the drug and understand that steroid usage affects one person; the user. Some of the topics that will be addressed are: the major benefits of steroids and the side effects they can have on both girls and guys. Also, these side effects will be shown in comparison to other hazardous things that are legal. Finally…
the possible side effects that the caffeine may have on your child. We will be staying within the recommended dosage that is provided on the packet and teacher supervision will be provided to watch over the administration of the caffeine. To avoid possible side effects as much as possible, we are not administering the caffeine to any student under the age of 12 and without heart conditions or already existing medical conditions. It is also important to consider that these possible side effects are…
supplements contain active ingredients that have strong effects in the body; those products can pose unexpected risks. Studies show that “taking a combination of herbal supplements or using supplements together with prescribed medications could lead to harmful, even life-threatening results” This is why people should always talk to their doctors first before taking any type of herbal supplements. Manufacturers of herbal supplements are responsible for making sure that their claims about their products…
common side effects of Heparin. Atrial and venous thrombosis in association with thrombocytopenia is another side effect of Heparin. Abdominal pains, back pain, bleeding from the gums, and blood in urine have also been reported as side effects of Heparin.
The major job of Warfarin is to inhibit the vitamin K dependent synthesis of biologically active forms of the calcium dependent clotting factors. The main side effect of Warfarin is risk of dangerous bleeding. There are some other side effects…
represents the farthest distance. At this point users are taking highest time (1900 msec) to hit the target.
From the above plot, we can observe that speed to hit the target ‘S’ is indicated by ‘1/b’ (inverse of slope of Linear or Best Fit line). Hence, the speed is
Speed (S) = 1/b
= 1/71.4 = 14 Hz (when the time converted to seconds).
Also at Index of Difficulty ‘3.1’ this represents the farthest distance. At this point users are taking highest time (1600 msec) to hit the target.
When we analyze…
in classroom, and not paying attention. You take your child to the doctor and explain to them the issues that are going on and then you are told your child suffers from attention deficit hyperactive disorder known as ADHD. As you are sitting there taking it all in you are unaware of this disorder and ask for more information. You are handed a pamphlet with possible treatment options and top websites to research for unanswered questions. You choose to give your child medication in order to treat there…