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Answer the questions in the document titled “question set 4”. The answers do not

Answer the questions in the document titled “question set 4”. The answers do not have to be long, 2-4 sentences is enough. Use the materials provided to answer the questions.

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Class, Many students aren’t sure how to start looking at their runoff and then h

Class,
Many students aren’t sure how to start looking at their runoff and then how to portray that runoff on a map. I’ve put together a few examples of how you can do this. The first attachment is just a repeat of the syllabus assignment. The second is a word document that shows different methods of portraying your runoff. The third (Landscape Drainage Map) is a depiction of contours so you can determine your drainage. This contour map was generated through my local GIS capabilities (Municipal GIS). Most cities and/or counties have great GIS capabilities now so check out this option.
Here are some other links that previous students have found helpful:
Link to rainfall data:
https://en.climate-data.org/north-america/united-states-of-america/virginia/reston-768047/t/november-11/#climate-table-month
The above site has information on other countries too.
Freemaptools.com will give you distance and area, elevations, area.
Googleearth.com will give you satellite views.
Keep in mind that the requirement is to analyze a park.

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Environmental studies

Class, Many students aren’t sure how to start looking at their runoff and then h

Class,
Many students aren’t sure how to start looking at their runoff and then how to portray that runoff on a map. I’ve put together a few examples of how you can do this. The first attachment is just a repeat of the syllabus assignment. The second is a word document that shows different methods of portraying your runoff. The third (Landscape Drainage Map) is a depiction of contours so you can determine your drainage. This contour map was generated through my local GIS capabilities (Municipal GIS). Most cities and/or counties have great GIS capabilities now so check out this option.
Here are some other links that previous students have found helpful:
Link to rainfall data:
https://en.climate-data.org/north-america/united-states-of-america/virginia/reston-768047/t/november-11/#climate-table-month
The above site has information on other countries too.
Freemaptools.com will give you distance and area, elevations, area.
Googleearth.com will give you satellite views.
Keep in mind that the requirement is to analyze a park.

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Environmental studies

I have written a version of this with my group members. Howver, I do not like it

I have written a version of this with my group members. Howver, I do not like it very much and would like 4 pages of it to be redone and ravamped to be a greater paper. The paper is about a “supposed” documentary me and my group have created about the overconsumption of the colorado basin. Please refer to some of the readings or documentaries I will share. Please make greater ideas than what we presented. thank you.
NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR SOURCES USED.
B) Field Research Essay on the 20-minute environmental documentary – 30%
Technical Requirements:
i) You will continue to work and collaborate with your group members and deepen your research;
ii) page length:
YUELI Students: 1,000–1,250 words maximum length ( + images and appendices);
Non-YUELI Students: 1250–1500 words maximum length ( + images and appendices).
iii) include images where desired (original photographs, short video, drawings/sketches, collages, water colours, etc.)
iii) use proper academic citation: include a filmography and a bibliography;
iv) number your pages;
v) double-space your writing;
vi) use a 12-pt. font.

Formal Requirements:
In this essay, students will develop the main aspects of their proposed documentary with an introduction, body and conclusion. You will need to consider the following in each:
1) Introduction: (5-7 sentences max.)
i) In your introduction introduce your specific topic in a sentence or two.
ii) State the main question of this documentary. You should have developed and refined this question further, beyond what you had in your initial research proposal.
iii) State your perspective or point of view on this main question. (In a sentence state what your specific argument or point of view on the topic is. What is your take on it? Be persuasive.)
iv) Outline your three supporting arguments for the main question above. (One or two sentences.)

2) Body of Essay – methodology and some formal considerations:
Elaborate and develop your environmental topic and explain why you chose it. Why was it important for you/your group to select this particular topic for your 20-minute environmental documentary? Elaborate and develop your argument (your stated point of view) introduced in the introduction above. Elaborate and develop your three supporting arguments by interweaving the following elements into the body of your essay. (Make sure that you explicitly discuss and examine relevant elements of the course contents, including the readings, documentaries and lectures in your field-research essay. You must be informed and able to interweave issues taken up in the readings, documentaries and lectures within the context of your own documentary production.)
A: Ethics
i) Indicate who your audiences will be. (Other students, environmentalists, mainstream public, non-governmental organizations, academics, who?)
ii) Who are you and what do you do? Why have you/your group decided to make this environmental doc and what are you trying to achieve with it? Locate your voice, agency and power in the relations among yourselves and the issues you’re taking up.
iii) Are you speaking for yourself and your own concerns, or are you speaking about the concerns of others/another group? Are you representing yourselves and your issues, or are you representing others/other issues?
Explain and elaborate: will you be representing your locality (are you/group participating in the narrative personally on an environmental issue?) Or, will you/group be representing another group? What are some ethical concerns around voice, agency, power and authority that you anticipate? What measures have you taken to safe guard your documentary against allegations of misrepresentation of other groups/people and environmental issues?

B: Agents/interviewees/environmental organization:
i) Include a descriiption of the issue you will be taking up and who is the main interviewee/ persons/environmental organization you will interview. State their names and position that they occupy, and/or the organization’s name. (Include their contact information in an appendix below);
ii) Who are the secondary people you will interview? Why have they been selected? State their names and positions. (Include their contact information in an appendix below).
iii) Elaborate on why you will be interviewing these people/organization. Why does the audience need to know who they are, and why they are important for your doc.?
iv) On the other hand, if you and your group are the main participants in an environmental project, include your names and your concerns.
v) If you have no interviewees, and your documentary is a visual essay, explain and elaborate the details of your approach to the doc.

C: Questions:
i) What will your questions for this individual/people/environmental group be? List 5 well-developed questions.
ii) What are the anticipated responses? What will your follow-up questions be? List 3-5.
Illuminate the reader of your essay (your TA) as to why you have selected these particular questions. How and in which way will these questions, and their responses, be of interest to audiences?

D: Location scouting:
i) Location scouting: what locations have you scouted and will be using in your interviews and supplementary visuals? (Indoor/outdoor, office/warehouse/kitchen/backyard/park/etc.)

E: Mode of filmmaking:
i) What mode of filmmaking will you be utilizing? Participatory, expository, observational, poetic, reflexive etc. Explain and expand why you/your group has made this choice.

F: Representational Style:
i) Which representational style will you use? Realist, experimental, ironic etc? Explain why you have chosen this representational style and how will it add to the visual elements of your narrative.

G: Images:
i) Present 5-10 images (original images are preferred but, if necessary, you may utilize other sources) to provide a glimpse into the visual landscape of the film you are developing.

3) Conclusion:
The body of your field research will have contextualized your environmental documentary in relation to the course materials (documentaries, readings and lectures). In the conclusion, synthesize what you have learned from making your own environmental documentary in relation to the environmental documentaries screened in this course.
(In the next three months you will have gained substantial insight into documentary making processes and styles through the course materials. Incorporate these insights into your essay on making your 20-minute environmental documentary. In your conclusion you/your group should synthesize what you have read and learned in the course about documentary production with your own documentary production.)

4) Bibliography:
Use at least 5 reading sources from the course syllabus to draw upon and elaborate within the context of your essay above;
You may also use 3-5 non-academic sources such as reputable newspaper articles, magazines or web searches;
Make sure you use footnotes/endnotes/embedded notes whenever you cite from any of these sources;
Make sure you cite all your sources, including images.

5) Filmography:
Make sure you cite at least 3 films listed in the course syllabus for reference, comparison or inspiration;
You may also use 2-3 environmental docs not included in the course syllabus;
Reference the films in your footnotes/endnotes, and again, in a proper filmography.

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Environmental studies

I have written a version of this with my group members. Howver, I do not like it

I have written a version of this with my group members. Howver, I do not like it very much and would like 4 pages of it to be redone and ravamped to be a greater paper. The paper is about a “supposed” documentary me and my group have created about the overconsumption of the colorado basin. Please refer to some of the readings or documentaries I will share. Please make greater ideas than what we presented. thank you.
NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR SOURCES USED.
B) Field Research Essay on the 20-minute environmental documentary – 30%
Technical Requirements:
i) You will continue to work and collaborate with your group members and deepen your research;
ii) page length:
YUELI Students: 1,000–1,250 words maximum length ( + images and appendices);
Non-YUELI Students: 1250–1500 words maximum length ( + images and appendices).
iii) include images where desired (original photographs, short video, drawings/sketches, collages, water colours, etc.)
iii) use proper academic citation: include a filmography and a bibliography;
iv) number your pages;
v) double-space your writing;
vi) use a 12-pt. font.

Formal Requirements:
In this essay, students will develop the main aspects of their proposed documentary with an introduction, body and conclusion. You will need to consider the following in each:
1) Introduction: (5-7 sentences max.)
i) In your introduction introduce your specific topic in a sentence or two.
ii) State the main question of this documentary. You should have developed and refined this question further, beyond what you had in your initial research proposal.
iii) State your perspective or point of view on this main question. (In a sentence state what your specific argument or point of view on the topic is. What is your take on it? Be persuasive.)
iv) Outline your three supporting arguments for the main question above. (One or two sentences.)

2) Body of Essay – methodology and some formal considerations:
Elaborate and develop your environmental topic and explain why you chose it. Why was it important for you/your group to select this particular topic for your 20-minute environmental documentary? Elaborate and develop your argument (your stated point of view) introduced in the introduction above. Elaborate and develop your three supporting arguments by interweaving the following elements into the body of your essay. (Make sure that you explicitly discuss and examine relevant elements of the course contents, including the readings, documentaries and lectures in your field-research essay. You must be informed and able to interweave issues taken up in the readings, documentaries and lectures within the context of your own documentary production.)
A: Ethics
i) Indicate who your audiences will be. (Other students, environmentalists, mainstream public, non-governmental organizations, academics, who?)
ii) Who are you and what do you do? Why have you/your group decided to make this environmental doc and what are you trying to achieve with it? Locate your voice, agency and power in the relations among yourselves and the issues you’re taking up.
iii) Are you speaking for yourself and your own concerns, or are you speaking about the concerns of others/another group? Are you representing yourselves and your issues, or are you representing others/other issues?
Explain and elaborate: will you be representing your locality (are you/group participating in the narrative personally on an environmental issue?) Or, will you/group be representing another group? What are some ethical concerns around voice, agency, power and authority that you anticipate? What measures have you taken to safe guard your documentary against allegations of misrepresentation of other groups/people and environmental issues?

B: Agents/interviewees/environmental organization:
i) Include a descriiption of the issue you will be taking up and who is the main interviewee/ persons/environmental organization you will interview. State their names and position that they occupy, and/or the organization’s name. (Include their contact information in an appendix below);
ii) Who are the secondary people you will interview? Why have they been selected? State their names and positions. (Include their contact information in an appendix below).
iii) Elaborate on why you will be interviewing these people/organization. Why does the audience need to know who they are, and why they are important for your doc.?
iv) On the other hand, if you and your group are the main participants in an environmental project, include your names and your concerns.
v) If you have no interviewees, and your documentary is a visual essay, explain and elaborate the details of your approach to the doc.

C: Questions:
i) What will your questions for this individual/people/environmental group be? List 5 well-developed questions.
ii) What are the anticipated responses? What will your follow-up questions be? List 3-5.
Illuminate the reader of your essay (your TA) as to why you have selected these particular questions. How and in which way will these questions, and their responses, be of interest to audiences?

D: Location scouting:
i) Location scouting: what locations have you scouted and will be using in your interviews and supplementary visuals? (Indoor/outdoor, office/warehouse/kitchen/backyard/park/etc.)

E: Mode of filmmaking:
i) What mode of filmmaking will you be utilizing? Participatory, expository, observational, poetic, reflexive etc. Explain and expand why you/your group has made this choice.

F: Representational Style:
i) Which representational style will you use? Realist, experimental, ironic etc? Explain why you have chosen this representational style and how will it add to the visual elements of your narrative.

G: Images:
i) Present 5-10 images (original images are preferred but, if necessary, you may utilize other sources) to provide a glimpse into the visual landscape of the film you are developing.

3) Conclusion:
The body of your field research will have contextualized your environmental documentary in relation to the course materials (documentaries, readings and lectures). In the conclusion, synthesize what you have learned from making your own environmental documentary in relation to the environmental documentaries screened in this course.
(In the next three months you will have gained substantial insight into documentary making processes and styles through the course materials. Incorporate these insights into your essay on making your 20-minute environmental documentary. In your conclusion you/your group should synthesize what you have read and learned in the course about documentary production with your own documentary production.)

4) Bibliography:
Use at least 5 reading sources from the course syllabus to draw upon and elaborate within the context of your essay above;
You may also use 3-5 non-academic sources such as reputable newspaper articles, magazines or web searches;
Make sure you use footnotes/endnotes/embedded notes whenever you cite from any of these sources;
Make sure you cite all your sources, including images.

5) Filmography:
Make sure you cite at least 3 films listed in the course syllabus for reference, comparison or inspiration;
You may also use 2-3 environmental docs not included in the course syllabus;
Reference the films in your footnotes/endnotes, and again, in a proper filmography.

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Environmental studies

For background, the length should be extended. The main focus is Mitigating huma

For background, the length should be extended. The main focus is Mitigating human-tiger conflict (the retaliatory killing of Bengal tigers following the destruction of human properties) . Therefore. Add parts on: How significant that phenomenon is presently, and future projections if nothing was done, could be and should be clarified. If unknown, my NGO would probably want to find out.
Then, read the comments in blue, and according to the writing, revise the last part of 4) publish Financial Plan.
Additional references may need, and for the revised part, please use blue to distinguish it from the previous publish.

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For background, the length should be extended. The main focus is Mitigating huma

For background, the length should be extended. The main focus is Mitigating human-tiger conflict (the retaliatory killing of Bengal tigers following the destruction of human properties) . Therefore. Add parts on: How significant that phenomenon is presently, and future projections if nothing was done, could be and should be clarified. If unknown, my NGO would probably want to find out.
Then, read the comments in blue, and according to the writing, revise the last part of 4) Draft Financial Plan.
Additional references may need, and for the revised part, please use blue to distinguish it from the previous draft.

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Environmental studies

General Instructions: Using the current web soil survey for the US County you di

General Instructions:
Using the current web soil survey for the US County you discussed in Weeks 5 & 6, create a 20-25 slide PowerPoint presentation (you must get your Instructor’s permission for any format other than PowerPoint). In this presentation you should summarize the important points of the soil survey (e.g., soil series, associations, orders, and other important classifications dependent on site selection), integrating course vocabulary (e.g. cation exchange capacity, pH, soil polarity, and more) and important course topics (e.g. the five factors of soil formation as they specifically relate to your site, etc.) into your project. You can’t include them all, but make sure you present some of the scientific content of the soil survey. Part of your challenge is figuring out what to present, and what not to present and how to summarize and synthesize information. For example, if you pick an area with lots and lots of complex soil associations you might want to create some sort of summary table with soils down the side and soil traits across the top so you can easily compare and contrast, then do a slide or 2 for the most important or abundant of them to really get into the details of those couple.
Be sure to introduce your area of interest by presenting current demographic, economic, and land use data as well an any information (geological, climatic, landuse, or historical) that might influence the soil composition of the area. At the end you will need at least one slide titled “Future Impacts” where you postulate the future impacts to soils in that area, the agricultural usefulness of area soils, or other ideas that you find compelling, as well as a summary slide highlighting the most important points.
You should include images and maps in such a presentation for visual appeal, but remember to ALWAYS give proper credit where credit is due for the work (be it images or words). Images can be cited in the same way as text using standard APA citation style. Use appropriate citations throughout the presentation for each fact or figure shown. Information sources should be cited on each slide next to the information, just like you’d do in a paper. Then have a “References” slide at the end using the full APA style reference for each, these should be alphabetized. Image sources can be cited on the slide itself or at the end on a separate “Image Sources” slide – where they would be organized by slide number. Follow APA format for the reference citations both within your writing and in your references section at the end of your presentation. If you do not have a copy of the APA style manual, be sure to review guidance in the APUS library writing center or other reputable sources.
In our contents for Week 7 have included a pdf of wonderful PowerPoint presentation done by one of our students (with her permission) but be sure to just use it for inspiration rather than use it as a template. It is excellent, but it isn’t perfect so keep all that in mind when looking at it. In general when doing presentations you want to use bulleted or numbered lists and a good general rule of thumb is 5 bullets/numbers per slide and 5 words on each of those bullets/numbers. This is just an example, but you get my point. Avoid wordy slides and be sure each slide has an appropriate title that links back to the important requirements of the Assignments. I have also included a tips file in the Weekly Contents area.
Important Submission Instructions: Your attachment will automatically be sent to Turnitin.com directly from the Assignment window so you do not need a class ID or PW and you do not have to visit Turnitin.com. It normally takes about 15-20 minutes for Turnitin to return a similarity score to you (unless you wait until Sunday evening when there are 1000s of submissions – then it might take a LOT longer so give yourself plenty of time for resubmission). Your score is important, please see the explanations and requirements below. You have 3 submission opportunities before the due date/time of the Assignment and before grading in order to review your score and make changes such that it will be acceptable. PLEASE give yourself enough time to do this.
Your Turnitin score tells you one thing, the similarity of your work to that of others or yourself from other work. It doesn’t indicate whether that similarity has been cited properly, nor does it indicate whether that similarity is appropriate in some other way (e.g. an APA source citation on your References slide will come up as a similarity). Unproperly cited similarities are plagiarism and can result in academic integrity violations. Please be aware that self-plagiarism is also a type of academic integrity violation. If you don’t understand what items constitute academic integrity violations or what self-plagiarism means then please review the APUS Student Academic Integrity Policy here. Properly cited similarities are fine as long as there aren’t too many of them, more than about 25% of properly cited similarity means that less than 3/4 of the work you are submitting is your own which isn’t enough for your Instructor to assess your understanding of the material. The graphic below shows you how the percentage of similarity correlates to the color coding:

Any score that is blue or green where all of the items in the report have been properly cited is fine. If it is yellow, take a look to be sure you have not relied too heavily on direct quotes, cut-and-paste, or have some issues with citing your sources properly. Yellow Turnitin scores will receive point deductions depending on how low or high your percentages are. Turnitin scores that are orange or red, even if all cited properly, will not be accepted and will automatically receive a zero for the Assignment because that means that less than 1/2 of what you have submitted is your original work for this Assignment. Late submissions will NOT be accepted and submissions via Messages or email will NOT be accepted. Failing to submit your Assignment properly such that it does not get checked by Turnitin will result in at least a 10 point deduction (a letter grade) to your final score. If that happens, your instructor will run it through Turnitin manually and then the color/percentage rules above will apply.
Grading:
25 pts – sufficient length & depth including integrated course concepts (approx 20-25 slides as a guide)
15 pts – Presentation and Area of Interest Introduction (e.g., title slide plus required introductory site information)
10 pts – future impacts slide
20 pts – APA Citations (sufficient number, type, and style – cited both within your presentation and formally at the end)
10 pts – grammar/spelling/typos
10 pts – presentation design, organization, mechanics, etc.
10 pts – Turnitin score (must be coded in green to receive full credit)

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Environmental studies

General Instructions: Using the current web soil survey for the US County you di

General Instructions:
Using the current web soil survey for the US County you discussed in Weeks 5 & 6, create a 20-25 slide PowerPoint presentation (you must get your Instructor’s permission for any format other than PowerPoint). In this presentation you should summarize the important points of the soil survey (e.g., soil series, associations, orders, and other important classifications dependent on site selection), integrating course vocabulary (e.g. cation exchange capacity, pH, soil polarity, and more) and important course topics (e.g. the five factors of soil formation as they specifically relate to your site, etc.) into your project. You can’t include them all, but make sure you present some of the scientific content of the soil survey. Part of your challenge is figuring out what to present, and what not to present and how to summarize and synthesize information. For example, if you pick an area with lots and lots of complex soil associations you might want to create some sort of summary table with soils down the side and soil traits across the top so you can easily compare and contrast, then do a slide or 2 for the most important or abundant of them to really get into the details of those couple.
Be sure to introduce your area of interest by presenting current demographic, economic, and land use data as well an any information (geological, climatic, landuse, or historical) that might influence the soil composition of the area. At the end you will need at least one slide titled “Future Impacts” where you postulate the future impacts to soils in that area, the agricultural usefulness of area soils, or other ideas that you find compelling, as well as a summary slide highlighting the most important points.
You should include images and maps in such a presentation for visual appeal, but remember to ALWAYS give proper credit where credit is due for the work (be it images or words). Images can be cited in the same way as text using standard APA citation style. Use appropriate citations throughout the presentation for each fact or figure shown. Information sources should be cited on each slide next to the information, just like you’d do in a paper. Then have a “References” slide at the end using the full APA style reference for each, these should be alphabetized. Image sources can be cited on the slide itself or at the end on a separate “Image Sources” slide – where they would be organized by slide number. Follow APA format for the reference citations both within your writing and in your references section at the end of your presentation. If you do not have a copy of the APA style manual, be sure to review guidance in the APUS library writing center or other reputable sources.
In our contents for Week 7 have included a pdf of wonderful PowerPoint presentation done by one of our students (with her permission) but be sure to just use it for inspiration rather than use it as a template. It is excellent, but it isn’t perfect so keep all that in mind when looking at it. In general when doing presentations you want to use bulleted or numbered lists and a good general rule of thumb is 5 bullets/numbers per slide and 5 words on each of those bullets/numbers. This is just an example, but you get my point. Avoid wordy slides and be sure each slide has an appropriate title that links back to the important requirements of the Assignments. I have also included a tips file in the Weekly Contents area.
Important Submission Instructions: Your attachment will automatically be sent to Turnitin.com directly from the Assignment window so you do not need a class ID or PW and you do not have to visit Turnitin.com. It normally takes about 15-20 minutes for Turnitin to return a similarity score to you (unless you wait until Sunday evening when there are 1000s of submissions – then it might take a LOT longer so give yourself plenty of time for resubmission). Your score is important, please see the explanations and requirements below. You have 3 submission opportunities before the due date/time of the Assignment and before grading in order to review your score and make changes such that it will be acceptable. PLEASE give yourself enough time to do this.
Your Turnitin score tells you one thing, the similarity of your work to that of others or yourself from other work. It doesn’t indicate whether that similarity has been cited properly, nor does it indicate whether that similarity is appropriate in some other way (e.g. an APA source citation on your References slide will come up as a similarity). Unproperly cited similarities are plagiarism and can result in academic integrity violations. Please be aware that self-plagiarism is also a type of academic integrity violation. If you don’t understand what items constitute academic integrity violations or what self-plagiarism means then please review the APUS Student Academic Integrity Policy here. Properly cited similarities are fine as long as there aren’t too many of them, more than about 25% of properly cited similarity means that less than 3/4 of the work you are submitting is your own which isn’t enough for your Instructor to assess your understanding of the material. The graphic below shows you how the percentage of similarity correlates to the color coding:

Any score that is blue or green where all of the items in the report have been properly cited is fine. If it is yellow, take a look to be sure you have not relied too heavily on direct quotes, cut-and-paste, or have some issues with citing your sources properly. Yellow Turnitin scores will receive point deductions depending on how low or high your percentages are. Turnitin scores that are orange or red, even if all cited properly, will not be accepted and will automatically receive a zero for the Assignment because that means that less than 1/2 of what you have submitted is your original work for this Assignment. Late submissions will NOT be accepted and submissions via Messages or email will NOT be accepted. Failing to submit your Assignment properly such that it does not get checked by Turnitin will result in at least a 10 point deduction (a letter grade) to your final score. If that happens, your instructor will run it through Turnitin manually and then the color/percentage rules above will apply.
Grading:
25 pts – sufficient length & depth including integrated course concepts (approx 20-25 slides as a guide)
15 pts – Presentation and Area of Interest Introduction (e.g., title slide plus required introductory site information)
10 pts – future impacts slide
20 pts – APA Citations (sufficient number, type, and style – cited both within your presentation and formally at the end)
10 pts – grammar/spelling/typos
10 pts – presentation design, organization, mechanics, etc.
10 pts – Turnitin score (must be coded in green to receive full credit)

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We’re doing this as a three group discussion and I’m the President of the United

We’re doing this as a three group discussion and I’m the President of the United States
It is required, that you complete this assignment in groups! Please email one another and post all responses in one thread. One person is to be the Advisor to the President, one person is the President of the United States, and one person will release a Press Release of the President’s decision.
The term global warming was changed to climate change as it was not entirely an accurate term…some areas are believed to be getting warmer while others are expected to get colder. This could create an economic shift as areas like Florida with three growing seasons would have none due to extreme weather/storm surges, while areas typically dark and cold, Alaska, would have three growing seasons! Imagine not being the agricultural center of the United States! Imagine population shifts, tourism shifts, and economic loss due to these issues.
Climate change is not well understood among most people. There are many solid reasons for this misunderstanding First, the models are unpredictable, vary considerably and contain reasonable error. The main reason for these differences stem from the lack of inclusion of clouds in model programs. Understand cloud cover vary depending on where the calculations are taken. Some areas have higher amounts of precipitation that others. As a result, they are typically not included in calculations as they are too difficult to predict with any reason of certainty. This is problematic to scientists because the clouds produce rain that cools the planet–not including them within the calculation would result in unreasonable heat expectations. Second, many of the measuring tools are on top of skyscrapers in the middle of large cities thereby creating heat islands and differences in heat indexes. Third, the earth still has glaciers remaining from the ice age. These glaciers were not present prior to the ice age. As a result, many scientists believe we are coming out of an ice age. Finally, the biggest concern is that the Earth–on a geological time scale– is really not that old and there is no way to predict its cycles…after all the world was hotter and there was more carbon dioxide on the planet during the dinosaur age.
Your instructor’s belief…it doesn’t matter! Lets stop fighting among ourselves and solve the air pollution problem that is known to result in negative effects to the environment and our health. In doing so, we are taking positive steps to the future and thereby dealing with our carbon footprint!
This assignment is three fold:
Using your reading and past experiences/beliefs and within your groups establish a President, President’s Advisor, and a member of the Press. The Advisor to the President’s should provide a neutral and intuitive argument that is both for and against climate change and whether you feel the US should rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. If you are the President, you are required to form a thoughtful response to all advice given by your advisor and form a decision regarding climate change and the Paris Climate Accord. If you are a member of the Press, please report on advice given, the President’s decision, and your thoughts.
Alternatively: You can use current events and build your discussion around the COP26 that is currently happening. Each member of the group will choose a country and represent that country’s needs. Consider the feasibility of the plan and your country’s economic status. Are you able to meet the terms of the agreement? What would you rather see happen? Build your case. Return to your group members and come up a plan and timeline for your plan.
Your discussion should contain at least a paragraph explaining the problem, a paragraph for policies implementing regulations pertaining to decreasing emissions, a paragraph addressing whether it is the US should/should not return to the Paris Climate Agreement, a paragraph re-affirming the President’s position, and a paragraph that is in contrast to the President’s position. Conclude your discussion with a paragraph that states if you are seeking my opinion….
Remember if you are the advisor to the POTUS your opinion is of little consequence, going off on a tangent will not only get you fired but will result in a zero! Simply present the facts of both sides of the issue. Please be precise and use examples from your reading and current events to argue a case for and against remaining in the Paris climate agreement. Please attach any sources you use. If you are the President you must write a letter to your advisor addressing their concerns and give your response to the Advisor and the Press. If you are the Press, your response must be in the form of a Press Release.