Environment, Energy, & Health in the News

In the comments section (click title to get to comments), post a link to two news articles that relates to your particular research topic. Write a few sentences highlighting what you think is most interesting or relevant about each article. Please comment on at least two of your group members’ articles as well.

Your post is due by Wednesday, February 25, at 1pm, and your replies are due by the following week.

12 thoughts on “Environment, Energy, & Health in the News”

  1. Cambodia and the water crisis

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/cambodia-water-crisis-video_n_3720818.html
    You can see both worlds how they get up, get dressed, eat, and drink water. The littler girl has to go to a pond to get water while the boy just goes to a fountain. The video shows how disgusting and polluted the water is that the small girl is drinking. I do find it very interesting that Koreans are going into Cambodia to help with the water crisis. Different organizations are coming into Cambodia to try and help with the problem but they can only do so much. Improper waste disposal and trash lying on the streets in mucky water behind living areas are causing water sources to become contaminated.

    http://www.unicef.org/wash/cambodia_39558.html

    I find it heart breaking that their 5 year old granddaughter Chenda died from the water. Her poor mother was not about to see her before she passed. It’s ridiculous that Cambodia’s ca not get safe water to drink and its literally killing them. It’s also killing the population from diseases and killing innocent children. Cambodia has one of the lowest sanitation rates in the world. Many people are getting sick due to parasites contaminating the water. Diarrhea is one of the main health problems Cambodians face due to water pollution.

    I think the biggest lesson here is to never take anything for granted because you never know what anyone else is dealing with or the hardships they are facing. Cambodia is a great country and if we continue to work with them about this water issue I think it’s going to get better. It won’t happen overnight, but it will in time.

    1. It is amazing how many things we take for granted every day. Clean water is something that is expect for people who live in this country, but in others, it is a blessing. Hopefully Cambodia can start to find new ways for clean water for their people. The assistance form the Koreans should help with the issue.

    2. The article and video were very touching and informative. It was very saddening tot see that children don’t have access to clean drinking water. I think about how much filtered water I have access to 24/7, I couldn’t even imagine drinking non-clear water.

    3. Very touching articles. Diarrheal disease is still a leading killer of children in developing countries like Cambodia – and you can easily imagine that contaminated water has a lot to do with the problem. I’m curious as to which route you’re going with this for a research topic – it’s interesting for sure – have you thought of how to find a research question around this that doesn’t have an answer yet? I look forward to seeing where you go with this – it’s a meaningful topic.

  2. My topic is on the global impact of fracking protests
    http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/policing-fracking-protests-cost-280000-8613365
    This article discusses the relationship between the protesters against fracking in the United Kingdom and the police force who are there to prevent illegal actions. 280,000 pounds were allegedly spent in police forces for the protests and to police the corporation IGas against any other protest movement. This is becoming controversial because the police force in Cheshire asked to increase spending on the police force to compensate for the lack of available officers in the field. However, the Labour party candidate claims that increasing spending on the police force to assist a fracking organization is unethical, and claims that it is a reason why they should ban fracking.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/09/algeria-shale-gas_n_6644344.html
    In Algeria, protesters are becoming frustrated by the advancements that the government allows the fracking corporations to undergo. To emphasize their serious tone, protests will move directly to the drilling locations. Drilling has been planned in Algeria since 2014 and the government claims that there will be no environmental effect. This is done in response to the lack of oil and gas supplies that Algeria used to rely on. Despite the claims that the first well was an experiment, the head of state oil company Sonatrach already planned to create more drilling wells. With the drop in oil prices, Algeria needs to change its economy since hydrocarbon exports accounted for over 60 percent of its budget.
    Both of the articles focus on the reactions worldwide to fracking protests. In the United Kingdom, there was evidence of political movement against fracking, while in Algeria there is movement in favor of fracking.

  3. My topic is about the social movement against vaccines – how it can impact global health, where they get their information and fuel for the movement, and social response to the movement.

    Here is one article I am considering:
    http://www.newsweek.com/2015/02/20/andrew-wakefield-father-anti-vaccine-movement-sticks-his-story-305836.html

    It offers some good insight to how some of the information got started that these people base their motives on (that the MMR vaccine causes autism) – it talks about the “father” of the movement and some of his motives behind the movement – which are really questionable – he recognizes that the autism study is defunct, he now tries to champion a single vaccine for measles instead of the three-combo, which appears to be financially motivated since he filed for a patent for the single vaccine and stands to profit. It’s a good article because they really dig in to all the evidence, refutations, and unknowns about studies between autism and the MMR vaccine. It concludes with a thought that I have about the social movement in general: any side effect of vaccines pose such a lesser threat than the effects of the disease it prevents. Measles can cause brain damage, deafness, and other long-lasting side effects. Why are these parents more afraid of a minute possibility of an “unknown” with a vaccine, instead of the actual threat of a “known” – what the vaccine prevents?

    Here is the second article’s link:
    http://www.newsweek.com/look-anti-vaxxers-monstrously-bad-measles-math-304078

    This is an article that refutes a statistic that the anti-vaccine proponents have spread around the internet (which I have seen before) that ‘there has been 0 deaths from measles in the past decade, and 108 deaths from the MMR vaccine’. The article first of all tells where the 108 number came from, and notes that the deaths reported are not necessarily causal links. It is information on those that died sometime after having the measles vaccine, but not necessarily from the vaccine. In some cases, it could be that some had congenital diseases that if they had been diagnosed, that it would have been recognized they could never have had the vaccines. The article also notes that the “0” statistic is not telling the whole story either – in the US there have been no measles deaths, thanks to the vaccine and advances in modern medicine. This is not the case in other countries – where measles is still deadly. It is also not accounting for how many deaths were actually prevented by the disease, some estimated 15.6 Million in the last decade. I find it interesting that those against vaccines quite likely know the significance behind the numbers they are promoting, and likely know that it isn’t presenting the whole picture. It certainly seems to me to be a case of twisted propaganda – but in this case, it’s not bad propaganda being spread from the top-down. It makes me also wonder what is really at the root of this movement, what do they think would be achieved if no child were ever vaccinated? Do they really think it would be a healthier world or do they recognize we would go back to being burdened by old diseases? Is this more about personal vendettas, or for some, trying to save face after being vested in a movement for so long?

    1. Hi
      That is crazy that there have been 0 deaths from the disease and 108 from the shot. I personally get my daughter all get vaccines that she needs. I think that the vaccines are important just in case god forbid she got it. Then again when was the last case of a deadly disease from the past?

    2. With the issue of vaccines becoming popular again, I find it hard to understand why many people still believe the myth that vaccines cause autism. The only study that ever suggested the link was proven to be false and denounced by the scientists that worked in the study, yet people risk their children’s lives over this issue. The 0 deaths from one shot and the 108 (possibly having no causal link) from the other is pretty strong evidence that vaccines help more than they are believed to hurt.

    3. I think you picked a very controversial and interesting topic. 0 deaths have been from the fact that every one else has had the vaccine, and motors pass their immunities through breast milk. I think one should be allowed to choose whether they want to accept a vaccine or not, instead of forcing it on children.

  4. Deforestation

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/brazil-detains-alleged-deforestation-king-amazon-29185890

    This article discusses the recent capture of the man who was responsible for twenty percent of illegal deforestation in the Amazon. I think this article is interesting because one man could run a network to clear twenty percent of deforestation. Its a good thing that Brazil finally captured him. I hope it will help curb deforestation as The Amazon is incredibly important to the environment.

    http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2396906/santander-ditches-april-over-alleged-rainforest-clearance
    This article is about Banco Santander. They recently cut their funding to a paper company (APRIL) based in Asia after movements by Greenpeace. The bank has also implemented an audit of APRIL’s environmental practices.

    1. Hi
      I find that article interesting as well that one man was responsible for 20 of the deforestation. If they keep on cutting down the tree I personally think the animals are going to suffer. The pictures that was posted on the article was heart breaking to see how much of the trees are gone it so bare.

    2. It’s really interesting that one could go about doing that much clear-cutting by illegally seizing federal lands. . . you would think that wouldn’t take so long to catch! Even sadder is the fact that he may be responsible for up to 20% of Brazil’s deforestation – they later mention that Brazil contains about 60% of the Amazon. So that’s a pretty big chunk of the total amazon that’s gone – all from one guy? It hardly seems believable. Hopefully there are no others who will take his place now that he is gone.

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