Archive for November, 2010

Conservation Strategies for Resource Consumption

30 Nov

Looking at the remaining sections of Chapter 4 and the Study Guides, answer the following questions for discussion.

1. What are the environmental issues that have caused people to evaluate their resource consumption and disposal? Explain the issue/case study.

2. How do socio-political issues relate to resource consumption and disposal?

3. Looking at petroleum products, coal, forests, biomass, hydro-electricity, geo-thermal, wind, tidal, paper recycling, geosequestration, summarize the conservation efforts being used for this resource and explain the benefits and drawbacks from the conservation method. In addition, give one case study/example that relates to each conservation effort. BLOG THIS

Evaluate a strategy at a local or national scale aimed at reducing the consumption of one resource. BLOG THIS

Plastic Back Into Oil

24 Nov

Plastic into Oil

Which does this support? Anti or Neo Malthusians?

Now you can buy it here.

Markets Interact News Event and Market

23 Nov

#1: The U.S. government reduces the amount of sugar that U.S. companies may import.  As a result, U.S. sugar companies, such as candy companies, buy more sugar from U.S. sugar producers.

Market: Sugar Produced in the United States.


#2: Because of a federal policy designed to protect U.S. Sugar producers, the price of sugar increases.

Market: Candy


#3: Because of a federal policy supporting sugar prices, soft-drink bottlers use more high-fructose corn syrup as a substitute for sugar.

Market: Corn


#4: Because of legal quotas on sugar imported to the United States, sales of sugar to the United States decrease, and sugar producers in Caribbean countries reduce sugar production.

Market: Sugar Market in Caribbean countries


#5: Because of decreased sugar exports to the United States, sugar plantations lay off workers, and some sugar mills grow.

Market: Unskilled Labor Market in Carribean countries.


#6: Because of reduced demand for sugar grown in the Caribbean, some sugar growers begin to grow marijuana to earn more income.

Market: Marijuana in Caribbean countries.


#7: Because of lower sugar production in their countries, some sugar plantation and sugar mill workers begin to immigrate illegally to the U.S. to find work.

Market: Unskilled labor market in the United States.


#8: As higher sugar prices lead more U.S. farmers to grow sugar cane, sugar beets, and corn (for corn sweetener), the production of wheat and soybeans decreases.

Market: Soybeans produced in the United States.


#9: Higher crop prices and profits drive up on rents on U.S. farm land.

Market: U.S. Farm Land

The Production and Consumption of Oil

23 Nov

Answer the following questions and add two blog posts.

1. Looking at the graphs and charts in section 4E, a) describe overall pattern of oil consumption and production b) describe the movement of oil.
2. What are issues for countries with a surplus or deficient oil?
3. Explain the link between a) energy consumption and economic development b) global tensions and oil production and consumption.

Blog Posts:
1. One conflict over oil (who, background, current status)
2. Find one piece of information about Peak Oil (who said it and the significance)

Peak Oil

23 Nov

Article from Reuters about Peak Oil.

Explanation of Peak Oil

Here is the site for the Association of Peak Oil.

Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity Data for Countries

10 Nov

This link just has ecological footprint.

This is some great data on both ecological footprints and biocapacity on the Andean Community:  Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity in Andrea Community

This link has ecological footprint and bio-capacity.

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