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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Michael H-USA, Oct. 9, 2013

My name is Michael and I am a high school student in Oakland, CA.

I was very surprised by my carbon footprint, but looking at it now, maybe I shouldn’t have been. My total carbon footprint was about 3 times as much as the average carbon footprint for my region.

The biggest factor that contributed to this was the transportation aspect. Being a high school student, it is a privilege and right of passage to drive to school, as well as a means of transportation. However, being in high school with little to no income, the only cars that students can truly afford, for the most part, are old compact cars. These compact cars, like the one that I have, have very low gas mileage, meaning that the two hundred plus students that carpool or drive themselves to school are filling up the atmosphere with lots of CO2, more so than if they were driving these new, gas saving, even electric cars. The social pressure to drive to school is so big and our parents do not want to shell out for new cars, perhaps there is little or nothing that we can do about the old car situation, except not drive at all, and take the bus, or horseback.

The next biggest factor was the electricity and household uses. My family has hot meals every night, meaning we use a lot of gas, and we also watch a lot of TV and leave lights on for our enjoyment. This contributes to a lot of energy consumption that could be very easily avoided, and I realize now the impact of this.

I do think though that there are certain pleasures in life that we humans are entitled to. If we look at the very first invention of fire, yes, we lit the spark to a wide output of CO2 into the atmosphere, but it made life easier, and less stressful. So, while most times we go overboard with these luxuries, there are a few that we are entitled to, right?

Michael H-USA

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Discussions Discussion Wants or needs?
Vela Dyrness, Feb. 12, 2013

In todays society people can often become confused with needs and wants. Because we are surrounded with different electronics such as ipods and computers and phones they can become a necessity in our life. some people think this is extrememly superficail and we must “unplug”. occasionally unplugging is a good thing. it allows us to step back and realize what is truely important. however, people must realize this new technology is important with where our society is headed. this new technology also includes todays main form of transportation, vehicles. cars and trucks allow us to get from one place to another, and yes we all know they arent good for out environment however like electronics they have become a main part of the succesful society that we have become.

Vela Dyrness
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  • Colin Thompson Colin Thompson Feb. 12, 2013
    I got one word for you. DEEP. I must say you bring up points that are a necessity to consider and I absolutely applaud what you are saying! This is my first day on Einztein and I must say this post, gave me hope that my experience will be LEGENDARY. Congratulations on an amazing topic that is just eye opening!
  • Tommy Wicker Tommy Wicker Feb. 12, 2013
    Cool Vela…
  • Scott Z-USA Scott Z-USA May 2, 2013
    I agree with you, I think people are becoming to confused with what is a want, and what is a need. I think though that unplugging can make a difference in the long run. I think a solution to the transportation problem could be trying to lean toward electric and hydrogen powered cars so we are not releasing so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Bedford Wells, Feb. 17, 2012

A good segment on the impact of social media on the moral decision making among teens and young adults — an area of sociological understanding that is becoming increasingly important.

Bedford Wells

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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Marco Masoni, Feb. 16, 2012

ProCon encourages students to explore the question: Are social networking sites good for our society?

Marco Masoni

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Discussions Discussion Search Engines, Technology, and Business
Joseph Curtis, Dec. 13, 2011

YouTube Redesign Calls for Video Search Engine Optimization Services


The demand for video search engine optimization (VSEO) services has dramatically emerged parallel to the surging demand for YouTube.

Joseph Curtis

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Discussions Discussion Search Engines, Technology, and Business
Mauro De Giorgi, Nov. 16, 2011

Do you know Massimo Marchiori? If the answer is no well, he invented Hyper Search, that has been the first published technique to introduce link analysis for search engines, opening the way for the second-generation of search engines (notably, Google above all). Google PageRank is based in this his algorithm.

Mauro De Giorgi

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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Vittorio Masoni, Oct. 24, 2011

I would add that the understanding of our culture and of the cultures of other people, as well as the depth at which any culture is rooted is fundamental to many aspects of life. It is vital for the whole country, in order to make enligthened decisions in both internal and foreign policy.
From R. Quintamara

Vittorio Masoni
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  • Bedford Wells Bedford Wells Oct. 24, 2011
    The CNN blog entitled, “America must learn from Germany - before it’s too late,” presents a scenario in which international cultural understanding of Germany could help forge more successful domestic policy towards the US manufacturing sector

    Why has Germany managed to retain and create research-intensive, high-wage manufacturing jobs while the USA manufacturing sector has lost 5.5 million jobs and 54,000 factories over the past ten years? Why hasn't Germany fallen prey to Asia's low waged base manufacturing model?

    One key reason is that Germany has put in place a strategic, well-funded industry research institute that forges partnerships in applied research in key areas. In other words, while the United States focuses most of its R&D investment on mission-oriented research (e.g., defense and health) or basic research, Germany focuses on industrially-relevant applied research that gives their manufacturers and technology firms a leg up in global competition. This is why almost one third of German firms in a 2009 survey credited their innovations to German government research and innovation policies!

    Understanding the culture of others, in this case Germany, must play a role in shaping US policy at home and abroad. More here…


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Discussions Discussion unselected
Emily Nelsen, Jan. 25, 2011

This is a advertisement campaign for reducing CO2. Very nicely put together. There are so many simple ways to cut down our emissions on a daily basis.

Emily Nelsen

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