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…
Alcohol and it`s side effects
Ahmad Bani Yaseen
Submitted to Instructor Hinman in partial fulfillment of the
Requirements for GLS 470 Writing the Research paper
March 26, 2013
Alcohol has many side effects; it has long and short term side effects. The most common long term side effects are kidney failure and cirrhosis of the liver also can lead to diminished control over cravings for alcohol and to poor decision-making. One can easily fail to recognize the ultimate consequences…
American Military University
Note-taking skills are a necessary tool to have and use when it comes to studying. By utilizing notes, studying for a test or quiz can be made much easier. Note-taking skills can help a person better understand the material being learned. Some people learn better when they write things down, and taking notes help them learn better versus just reading the material. When taking notes, one can go back at a later…
After taking the Personal Values Survey and reflecting on your results, determine the three character traits for which you scored highest.
Then, rephrase them as values that are relevant to you in your professional and personal life. For instance, if one of your strongest character traits is “critical thinking,” your value statement might be: “I value thinking critically about situations in my life.”
For each of your top three values, identify three principles that emanate from each one (you will…
The Dark Side of Poe
Edgar Allan Poe created gothic type settings through the majority of his works. One of the most noticeable themes that create the Gothic fiction of Edgar Allan Poe is death and darkness symbolism, these themes are used a lot in Gothic novels or short stories. In nearly every one of his tales, one of the characters has died or is being mourned and this sets the dark tone found in Poe’s works. He often used a combination of horror, symbolism, and fantasy in his…
Dark Side of the Universe
Would you believe me if I told everything you can see in the universe is only a small fraction of what is really out there? Well it is in fact that fraction is one third of the universe. There are two forces called dark energy which we just recently discovered and dark matter which we have some proof from but can’t actually prove. These forces have been battling since the big bang theory occurred yet neither has triumphed.
The big bang was a ripping open of time and space…
13 June 2013
ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER
In August 9, 1992 I was born in Mexico City and lived there for about 8 years. I love my hometown because it has so may places to visit, such as museums and theme parks. Mexico city is well known for the quantity of museums it has. There is over 200 museums and they are beautiful from inside and outside. Mexico City is a…
just like Alicia,
even when others disapprove. After seeing how Mamacita was trapped like a bird in a
cage, Esperanza became aware of the importance of self expression its connection to
power and freedom. Esperanza differentiates herself from Marin by taking control of her
own destiny so that one day, she can achieve her goal of leaving the neighborhood.
Because of these women, Esperanza finally understands that becoming a writer is the
perfect way to pursue her dreams, express herself, and escape Mango Street…
The Blind Side
The movie I chose was the Blind Side. The Blind side is a 2009 American semi-biographical drama film written and directed by John Lee Hancock. It was based on the 2006 book. The blind side was based on the real life story about Micheal Oher. He was an African American football player and his struggles from being an abandoned kid growing up in a foster home to now a NFL (National Football League) player after being adopted by an amazing family. What makes Michael story such an…
have been in this country since just after it was colonized. I am not close with my family members so I don’t know much about any of them. I had a relationship when I was younger with my grandparents, aunt and uncle on my mom’s side of the family. As for my father’s side, I spent time when I was really young with my grandparents and my aunt, but after about age 6 I never really saw them.
I am an only child and my mother moved us away from the family when I was two. She was a widow by then, as my…