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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Jocelyn Lee, Nov. 7, 2012

Hi everyone, I’m Jocelyn. I lived it Taipei, Taiwan. I’m studying at Dominican International School. In Taiwan, we have a law that you cannot simply throw the chemical waste into the river or sea, which will pollute the water, and also effect the environment, or you will need to pay some money for that. Also, people in Taiwan support recycle very well, we usually separate the trash into three main category: paper, aluminum can and glass, plastics, and others, and that’s a good thing that the people from the other country should do it too. But, there is another thing that I think the government should change, and stringent the laws. Taiwanese really love dogs, almost every family they had a dog, but, many people are not responsible for their dog’s faeces, whenever their dogs wanted to “go to the toilet”, they’ll just bring them to the street and let them “do it” there without cleaning up, that makes the environment become stinky.

Everyone is responsible for protecting the environment. We can choose to live in a healthy and comfortable environment, if we want to. Just do it!!! What are you waiting for? Take action now!

Jocelyn Lee
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  • Christopher L- USA Christopher L- USA Oct. 12, 2013
    Jocelyn, my name is Chris and in California we take care of our trash a bit differently. Here we also have three bins, but they are for different things. The first is the grey bin. It is for trash that can not be recycled. The second is the blue bin. It is for all plastic, paper, and cans. The last bin is the green bin. It is for food waste and organic material. Stuff thrown into the green bin is turned into soil. Here it is also illegal to dump waste into the drainage system , but people still wash their cars outside and the soap goes out to the ocean.
    Just this last month, our governor also signed a bill into law that will decrease the number of toxic chemicals in products. There are over 80,000 unregulated chemicals put into products, so this law will make it so that companies must provide an adequate reason for using a toxic chemical, or they must find a nontoxic substitute. This piece of legislation will hopefully make California a more sustainable place, where we do not destroy the environment with toxic chemicals
    Here is a link to read more about the new legislation: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24184842/california-rolls-out-new-environmental-regulatory-regime-at

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eva de la iglesia, Oct. 20, 2012

Hi, I’m Eve, and come to speak of the environment, this is an issue that concerns many people, especially ongs and organizations, such as Greenpeace, Green Action, Edane, etc. struggling to improve our planet, fight:
+ against deforestation
+ to prevent the extinction of many species, both animals and plants.
And although such organizations exist, we can all put something of interest for our environment, and help keep it with small gestures, such as recycling paper, glass, organic products .. We can also use different light bulbs, consuming organic products, indigenous and seasonal, and multiple ideas more.
What savemos of our planet, based on the environment, there is still more than a small part given the atrocities committed incuviertamente, a clear example is this video, this is not just a music video, and was prohibited Published by the images it contained and displayed to the public, completely real.
please someone can answer me? telling his opinion on the environment? thank you very much.

eva de la iglesia
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  • Rose Hattaway Rose Hattaway Oct. 25, 2012
    I really like you to talk about the environment as it is a very important issue. For example, in the sea there are tons of debris and trash that pollute the marine ecosystem and destroys habitats. This means that many species, both marine, land and air, will become extinct and disappear forever.
    This is a very interesting and disturbing.
    Thanks Eve.
    Rose Hattaway

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Felicia Smith, Oct. 19, 2012

During ww2 when the petrol was rationed the health of Swedish citizens increased. Because they couldn’t use their cars they had to walk or go by bike instead, and that really increased the health of Swedish citizens. I am not saying that we should ration petrol again but we should think of that if we go back to basics (more natural exercise, ecological food etc.) it doesn’t just help the environment but our bodies as well. In a time were people die from being too fat we should really think about these easy steps to be healthier. An idea could be that instead of giving children a public transportation card or have school busses they could be given bikes to go to school with together.

Felicia Smith
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  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 20, 2012
    please, I can write anything in my text, to get a point in the course? I need it, thank you very much, by the way I'm Spanish, you?
  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 20, 2012
    yours seems a good idea but, if the children live too far away from school? think of winter, with rain. That would be a problem.
  • LeeAnne W-Usa LeeAnne W-Usa Oct. 11, 2013
    I agree with your concern. The mayor of Houston recently announced her vision for Houston to be a more green friendly city. The mayor's vision is for a complete streets policy which means that the street is of access to all users, not just those behind the wheel. While it takes time, there are pockets improvement throughout to reduce the world's carbon footprint.
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Emily F-United States, Oct. 5, 2012

Hi again! I am a high school cross country cross country runner and I run anywhere from 4-12 miles a day. I’ve found that I prefer running on trails and in parks to cities and sidewalks. For a while I thought that it was the softer impact and the more peaceful environment, but the other day I was running down a fairly busy street, I realized how my breathing was heavier than usual. Running around towns is significantly more harder on my lungs than running in parks. The emissions from cars, stores, gas stations, etc really do effect me in a negative way-no wonder I prefer the trails!
This leads me the interesting problem I wanted to point out: as “smog centers” expand and air pollution increases around the world, runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts are at a greater risk being exposed to air pollution. It is unfortunate, an frankly unfair dilemma to put at risk those who are working their bodies, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and strengthening bones, muscles, joints. Have we done so much damage to our environment that healthy habits have become unsafe?

Emily F-United States
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  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 20, 2012
    This is a good job, you're the best!!!
  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 20, 2012
    sorry, I meant work .fault of google translator
  • Meredith D-UnitedstatesofAmerica Meredith D-UnitedstatesofAmerica Oct. 10, 2013
    I play field hockey and my school is in the middle of Houston. When we run laps we can smell Chinese food and What-A-Burger. Not only is it distracting but i agree with that it does make it harder to breath. There are certain places on our complex where there is more pollution released and you can smell and breath it in.

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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Maddie D, May 9, 2012

So I’d love to visit here to explore the beautiful coral reefs depicted, but that doesn’t look very possible.

I wish that Indonesia’s government would try to help with the growing number of illegal fishermen who use explosives and cyanide to kill and stun their prey. Do the fishermen even realize what they are doing to the underwater landscape? Do they realize howthey are affecting so many more organisms than just their prey and coral?

Action clearly needs to be taken against these fishermen and their crimes that are changing a once-beautiful travel stop.

Maddie D

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Tim Foufas, April 3, 2012

For Bolivian Farmers, Quinoa Boom Is Both Boon and Bane

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Stuart Meyers, March 29, 2012

Can you kindly advise the course policy for review (Professor or T/A) of drafts before final submission of assignments? I’ve had classes in which it is mandatory, optional, or prohibited. Thank you.

Stuart Meyers
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Mușat Adriana, Feb. 17, 2012

Climate change and human health
Human-induced climate change – now deemed by international climate
science to be real, demonstrably underway, and apparently accelerating –
reflects the mounting pressures of human numbers and intensified economic
activity. The existence, and long-term prospect, of risks to human health
provides an important signal as to the profound nature of this extraordinary
phenomenon. This important “signal”, adequately documented and clarified
by health researchers, will reinforce the motivation of governments and their
constituencies to take rapid and radical mitigation actions.
The health risks arise variously from direct stresses (e.g. weather disasters
and heatwaves), altered ecological processes (e.g. changes in infectious
disease patterns, impaired food yields), resource conflict over depleted
resources (water, fertile land, fisheries, etc.) and population displacement.
Low-income and geographically vulnerable populations are at greatest risk.
The risks to health jeopardise the achievement of the Millennium
Development Goals. Those risks will increase over time, and afflict future
While nations strive to reduce emissions, health-protecting adaptive
strategies are needed, both for current risks and as part of longer-term
planning. Health sector adaptation initiatives should be part of a coordinated
multi-sectoral response that recognizes that protecting human health must
be a central goal of, and reason for, climate stabilization and sustainability.
Indeed, in the agenda-setting 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change, damage to “health and wellbeing” is one of the three categories of
adverse effects that the Convention is intended to address, along with
damage to the natural environment and economic development.

Mușat Adriana
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  • Julie Lin Julie Lin Feb. 17, 2012
    It is discouraging that most of the world's leading economies now privately admit that no new global climate agreement will be reached before 2016 at the earliest, and that even if it were negotiated by then, they would stipulate it could not come into force until 2020.

    After 20 years of tortuous negotiations on greenhouse gas emissions, and despite intensifying warnings from scientists and economists about the rapidly increasing dangers of putting off prompt action, the rich nations seem to have given up on acting swiftly on this issue.

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Sara Casarosa, Nov. 18, 2011

The world climate is changing. The question wich we do every day is “Why is it happening?”

Most scientists say that the cause is human activities that induce greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse and global warming are the most worrying problems for our planet Earth. The high emission of greenhouse gases leads to a remarkable climate change.
After several studies, the experts concluded that the increase of typhoons and cyclones is caused by a warming of the oceans in recent decades. Most devastating hurricanes have occurred after 1900 causing many deaths. Evidences of this are many in recent year:
10 tropical cyclones in Japan in year 2004,
cyclones Gafilo in Madagascar,
cyclones larry in Australia,
cyclones Saomi in China,
a lot of seasonal tropical cyclones in the Atlantic between 2004 and 2005, including Hurricane Katrina which caused catastrophic consequences socio-economic status.

In Italy changing climate is also evident. Earthquakes occur more frequently in the last 20 years than before. We must remember the eartquakes in Sicilia in december 1990 (force magnitude 7), in Umbria in september 1997 (force magnitude 5), in Molise in october 2002 (force magnitude 5), and one in Abruzzo in april 2009 (force magnitude 6). Although deaths are decreased, an earthquake remains a really scary phenomenon for people. In addition to earthquakes, floods have increased in Italy (they there have also been recently). The climate in Italy is changing really quickly: the winter is more hot than past years and mid-seasons are disappearing.

Humanity should reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Countries that emit more greenhouse gases are North American (many gases are emit by USA) and Asia (the majority is emit by China), next follow Europe.

In Italy greenhouse gas emission is caused by transport and industry for the majority.


Sara Casarosa

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Marco Masoni, Oct. 31, 2011

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a great video and other resources that help us understand how coral reefs aren’t just another pretty ecosystem. They’re also “storehouses of genetic resources with vast potential for medicines.” We need to keep them healthy to keep ourselves healthy.

Some examples of ways that the health of humans and coral reefs intersect are:

anti-inflammatory agent gorgonian coral (genus Pseudoterigorgia)
anti-tuberculosis agent gorgonian coral (genus Pseudoterigorgia)
orthopedic implants coral skeleton
anti-viral drugs sponge (Cryptotethya crypta)
anti-malarial agent sponge (genus Cymbastela)
anti-cancer drug sponge (genus Jaspis)
anti-cancer drug tunicate (Ecteinacidia turbinata)
anti-cancer drug bryozoan (Bugula neritina)
anti-cancer drug seahare (Dolabella auricularia)


Marco Masoni
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