AP Environmental Science

1) Research any TWO of the following environmental issues: how gases contribute to global climate change, how pollutants cause acid rain, any specific water pollution issue, wastewater treatment, atmospheric ozone depletion, fossil fuel combustion and emissions, electricity production from nuclear power, photovoltaic energy. Explain the chemistry behind the issue (make sure to include at least two different vocabulary terms for each issue (for a total of 4) and underline them). Explain how an understanding of chemistry is essential for understanding the issue. How does your description of each issue demonstrate the first law of thermodynamics? How does your description of each issue demonstrate the second law of thermodynamics? IT NEEDS TO ONLY BE ONE PAGE

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Clean Water Act

Your friend, an 8th-grade earth science teacher at the local middle school, is organizing an Earth Day celebration for his students and their families. He knows you have recently been learning about environmental policies in this environmental science class and has asked you to be one of several guest speakers at the event. He would like you to explain to the students how scientific research and public awareness of an environmental issue led to an environmental policy or law. The goal is for the 8th-grade students to understand how people and communities (scientific community, government bodies, citizens of a country, etc.) can effect positive change for the environment. Address the following in your presentation: Summarize the environmental issue. What are its causes? What are the effects on the environment and people? Consider multiple perspectives and locations, as applicable. Explain how economics and/or personal lifestyle choices or behaviors are related to this issue. Describe how individuals, communities, and/or governments have worked to address the issue. Examine the impact of relevant legislation or initiatives. What are the benefits? Have there been any consequences? Note: Remember your audience; the presentation needs to make sense and appeal to 13- and 14-year-old students.

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Environmental Problem In Jacksonville Florida

Each student will pick a topic on Florida, conduct research on that topic, and compose a term paper presenting the results of that research. Any topic on Florida or the Environment, or any topic that is somehow connected to the Florida and the Environment, is acceptable and the list of potential subjects is infinite, but importantly I will not pick the topic for you.The submission of the topic should include the subject title and a short explanation your research intentions. I will provide an Assignment Link for you to submit your term paper title. While no subject on the Middle East is out of bounds, many of your research topics will be denied primarily because they will be far too broad.  Students should THINK when choosing their topics, narrow the subject, and be precise.   The paper must be: 1)  Submitted as a Microsoft Word Document attached onto the Term Paper Assignment Link in Week 8 which I will create. 2)  Short, not less than 5 pages and no longer than 7 pages.   3)  Double spaced with 1 inch margins top, bottom, and sides.   4)  Use Times New Roman and 12 point font. 5)  Have a List of References at the end of the paper with 8 sources, 4 of which cannot be from the internet. 6)  The reference and citations will use Chicago Style Manual format. 7)  The citations in the body of the paper will use scientific, parenthetical, citations (not footnotes or endnotes).   8)  Simple instructions for the overall guidelines for references and citations are attached to the Course Information Tab on the Jacksonville University Blackboard website for this course.

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Global Warming

Global Warming and climate Change Global climate has long been a topic of debate.  New reports are coming out that suggest human activities are NOT causing global warming.  The publication “Scientific American” in June 2003 reports: “Greenhouse skeptics, pro-industry groups and political conservatives have seized on the results, proclaiming that the science of climate change is inconclusive and that agreements such as the Kyoto protocol, which set limits on the output of industrial heat-trapping gases, are unnecessary.  But mainstream climatologist, as represented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), are perturbed that the report has received so much attention; they say the study’s conclusions are scientifically dubious and colored by politics.”  What is your viewpoint on humans impacting global warming? Do you think human activities are part of the cause, or is this more of a media hype?  Take some time and review scientific and political reports and your textbook.  Then use the information you come across to back up your view point in a two-page essay.  Be sure to include the significance of this issue to Environmental Science and the concepts you learned this semester.  Your report should be Times New Roman, 12 font, 1’ margins (top, bottom/left, right), cover page, and include a reference list of your source(s). Upload to the “Assignments” section below by the due date.

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Waffle House Index

Research how FEMA utilizes what is known as the Waffle House Index and write a paper describing how this index is factored into FEMA planning for disaster stricken areas. This paper must be at least 3-4 pages. A cover page and reference page do not count toward the 4 pages.

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Global Societal Problem, Argument and Solution

The topic of your essay needs to be: Unemployment and lack of economic opportunity Reflect: Based on the topic that you have chosen, you will need to use critical thinking skills to thoroughly understand how this topic can be a global societal problem and determine some logical solutions to the problem. Write: This Final Paper, an argumentative essay, will present research relating the critical thinker to the modern, globalized world. In this assignment, you need to address the items below in separate sections with new headings for each. In your paper, Identify the global societal problem within the introductory paragraph. Conclude with a thesis statement that states your proposed solutions to the problem.  Describe background information on how that problem developed or came into existence. Show why this is a societal problem. Provide perspectives from multiple disciplines or populations so that you fully represent what different parts of society have to say about this issue. Construct an argument supporting your proposed solutions, considering multiple disciplines or populations so that your solution shows that multiple parts of society will benefit from this solution. Provide evidence from multiple scholarly sources as evidence that your proposed solution is viable. Interpret statistical data from at least three peer-reviewed scholarly sources within your argument. Discuss the validity, reliability, and any biases. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of these sources, pointing out limitations of current research and attempting to indicate areas for future research. (You may even use visual representations such as graphs or charts to explain statistics from sources.) Evaluate the ethical outcomes that result from your solution. Provide at least one positive ethical outcome as well as at least one negative ethical outcome that could result from your solution. Explain at least two ethical issues related to each of those outcomes. (It is important to consider all of society.) Develop a conclusion for the last paragraphs of the essay, starting with rephrasing your thesis statement and then presenting the major points of the topic and how they support your argument The Global Societal Problem, Argument, and Solution Paper Must be 1,750 to 2,250 words in length (approximately between seven and nine pages; not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style. Must include a separate title page with the following: Title of paper Student’s name Course name and number Instructor’s name Date submitted Must utilize academic voice.  Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. Must use at least eight scholarly sources. Source Document Requirements: Multimedia sources (such as videos) may be used, but no more than two such sources may be used. If multimedia sources are used, they must be authored and distributed by credible sources, such as universities, law schools, medical schools, or professors. Government sources may be used, but no more than two such sources may be used. Examples include whitehouse.gov, state.gov, usa.gov, cdc.gov, and so forth. These websites can be used to make a stronger point about your proposed solution within the argument. Where documents are used for source materials, those must be peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles, and academically published books. Popular media sources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television and radio shows, etc.) must not be used. Materials from advocacy groups (e.g., Greenpeace, Human Rights Campaign, National Organization for Women, etc.) must not be used. Sites such as ProCon.org and Wikipedia must not be used. Religious texts must not be used. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources  (Links to an external site.)  table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for an assignment. The Integrating Research  (Links to an external site.)  tutorial will offer further assistance with including supporting information and reasoning. Must document in APA style any information used from sources,  Must have no more than 15% quoted material in the body of your essay based on the Turnitin report. References list will be excluded from the Turnitin originality score. Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style. ·         Identify the global societal issue you have chosen to research for your Final Paper, an argumentative essay, and explain why further research on this topic is important. Prior to the deadline I need the following, This portion only needs to be 250 words and id due tomorrow 6 November: ·         Identify the global societal issue you have chosen to research for your Final Paper, an argumentative essay, and explain why further research on this topic is important. ·         Provide a clear and concise thesis statement that includes a solution to the global societal issue ·         Explain how this global societal issue impacts a specific population. ·         Locate a peer-reviewed scholarly source and provide statistical data that you found surprising on the topic.

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Care about Sustainability

whether people understand what “sustainability” means, belief that environmental issues directly affect their lives, if they go out of their way to be sustainable, or if they think that pro-environmental activities, events, classes increase their sustainable behavior. What is the attitude towards waste management and recycling. Does this also have to do with differences in gender, culture, age, religion and social class. Please make sure to add a reference page in the end.

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Sustainability and Climate Change

Short Paper: Sustainability and Climate Change  Write a 2-page paper on the impact of climate change on infrastructure. You may focus on one particular aspect of infrastructure (ex: roads, bridges, residential, coastal high-rises, etc.), or may focus on a particular region. Your summary should provide background information, current issues, and your outlook and recommendations for the future.

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Addressing Counterarguments

Think about a reason given by those who disagree with your position for the topic you have.  Focus on one reason, not all the possible arguments that they might make. Now, summarize that point as accurately as you can (about 50-75 words). Then, write a refutation or rebuttal to their point (about 100 words).

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Neuter Their Animals

In this class, we learn to evaluate issues in light of the reasoning on all sides prior to arriving at conclusions. We aim to evaluate the quality and quantity of evidence, striving to be as objective as we can about what is most likely to be true. If you have not done so already, begin by choosing a topic from the Final Paper Options list (located in your online classroom) to use in your writing assignments in this course. The next step is to formulate a specific research question that is important regarding this topic. You may review The Research Process (Links to an external site.) resource for more information. So, if your topic is gun control, you would formulate a specific question, such as, “Are universal background checks effective at reducing violent crime in America?” Once you have formulated your question, conduct research from non-scholarly sources on the internet (e.g., news articles, op-eds, etc.) that present substantive reasoning on each side of the issue. Your task is to present and evaluate the reasoning from a non-scholarly source on each side of your issue. There is no need to take sides on the issue at this stage. In your analysis, strive to be as objective as possible, evaluating the reasoning from a neutral point of view. For an example of how to complete this paper, take a look at the Week 1 Example paper. Your paper should include clearly labeled sections addressing the following elements: ·       Introduction (approximately 100 words) o   Explain your topic. (Should people be required to spay/neuter their animals? o   State the specific question that you are addressing. ·       Presentation of an Argument  o   Describe the non-scholarly source (e.g., an op-ed, newspaper article, website, etc.) on one side of the issue. §  Summarize the key points made (approximately 50 words). o   Present what you see as the main argument from that source. Make sure to present your argument in standard form, with the premises listed above the conclusion. (approximately 100 words) o   Evaluate the quality of the reasoning in this source (approximately 200 words) §  In completing your evaluation, consider assessing how well the research supports the premises of the main argument and how strongly the reasoning supports the conclusion of that argument. ·       Presentation of an Argument on the Other Side of the Issue o   Describe the non-scholarly source on the opposite side of the issue. §  Summarize the key points made. (approximately 50 words) o   Present what you see as the main argument from that source. (Make sure to present your argument in standard form, with the premises listed above the conclusion.) (approximately 100 words) o   Evaluate the quality of the reasoning in this source (approximately 200 words) §  In completing your evaluation, consider assessing how well the research supports the premises of the main argument and how strongly the reasoning supports the conclusion.  The Presenting Arguments paper ·       Must be 600 to 1,000 words in length (not including title and references pages), double-spaced, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the APA Style (Links to an external site.) ·       Must include a separate title page with the following: ( I will do this) o   Title of paper o   Student’s name.   o   Course name and number  o   Instructor’s name  o   Date submitted ·       For assistance with formatting of the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.). ·       Must use at least two sources in addition to the course text. The Help! Need Article (Links to an external site.) tutorial can also assist with searching for articles. o   The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment. o   The Integrating Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial will offer further assistance with including supporting information and reasoning. ·       Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) ·       Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.

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