ENSS141 Stetson University Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Final Essay

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Hello I have a final essay for enviromenta science class, here is the prompt for the essay and the guidelines, please choose one of the three choices that you think you can write better on and let me know before you start writing about it.

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Introduction to Environmental Science Final Essay Assignment Fall 2019 Guidelines: Read carefully the prompt that follows these instructions. Think about it for a day or two. Write your essay, then sit on it for a day or two and read it again. Make revisions, then submit through Blackboard (Final Essay Folder has link for submission) (Earlier submissions are welcome!) The essay should be well-written with proper spelling, grammar and paragraph organization, and should be 800-1,000 words (approx. 3 pages, double-spaced). I’m not a stickler for word count or page count, but aim for that range. This isn’t a very long essay, so do use your words efficiently– a long “warm-up” will not get you to the meat of your answer quickly enough. Make sure your sentences are getting right to the heart of the questions, and don’t waste space repeating the information in the prompt. You are welcome to discuss the essay prompt with your friends or classmates, and to review class materials or other sources. But, when it comes time to write, you must do your own writing with your own thoughts. Essays submitted by more than one student that are alarmingly similar will, indeed, set off alarms. The submission link includes a review by Safe Assign to check for similarity to published sources or other submitted essays (past or present). You must do your own work. If you refer to specific information from particular sources, cite those properly using whatever citation format you prefer, as long as you are consistent. (I happen to like APA style, but use what you are familiar with.) Direct quotes without quotation marks or cut/paste from websites, etc. will be obvious. Plagiarism or any other evidence of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of 0 for the final. Late papers will be penalized 5pts. for every hour they are late. The prompt: As of 2012, more than 50% of the human population (nearly 4 billion people) lives in cities. As the global climate most certainly changes rapidly, each city faces different sets of risks that depend on its location, culture, economic fabric, and political structure. Coastal cities face sea level rise and hurricane threats. Cities along rivers face flooding. Cities near large forests face wildfires. Cities in the Midwest can be wiped out by tornadoes. Cities everywhere face water shortages. Each city needs to plan for how it will adapt to near-term and long-term changes that will challenge its ability to continue supporting the current and future population that co-exists in that city. The assignment: Essay choice #1 (choose option a or option b) Read the linked article in the world-renowned science journal, Nature Climate Change. This article was published on April, 17 2017, and was translated into various popular media outlets. https://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate3271.html Based on the projections in this study, choose a real city that will see a net immigration of climate refugees. Explore what that city should start doing to prepare for that increase in population. What plans should this city make for changes in infrastructure that will accommodate sustainable solutions for transportation, water distribution, wastewater management, solid waste management, and energy demands? Essay choice #2 Read the linked article about a pilot program about to be launched in Daytona Beach to help meet their increasing demands for potable freshwater in the face of a dwindling supply. http://sustainablewater.com/daytona-beach-capped-on-water-supply-turns-todpr/?utm_source=Sustainable+Water+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b31143c99aApr_Newsletter_03_30_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e4ed54bd79-b31143c99a368398517 Explore the intersection between population growth, climate change, freshwater resources, and human health. Even as scientists and financial analysts are projecting mass migrations away from coastlines (see the article linked in Essay choice #1), coastal communities are still dealing with current population growth trajectories and exploring ways to provide the infrastructure and resources to accommodate that. Using this article as an example, explore ways that communities can tackle the dual challenges of population growth and climate change impacts. How will new, innovative solutions be paid for? And, if they require some cultural “buy-in,” how can city leaders get residents on board for these necessary changes? Essay choice #3 Read the linked articles about predictions for migrations of people to Greenland and the projected population growth that will ensue. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/23/climate-change-in-greenlandadaptation-we-simply-refuse-to-be-victimised https://dac.dk/en/press/danish-and-greenlandic-architects-create-visionairy-ideas-on-a-possiblefuture-for-greenland/ Let’s imagine that over the next 50 years 50 million people will migrate to the newly green Greenland. Its population will balloon from its current 56,000 mostly Danish and Inuit people to 50 million people of all nationalities. With this migration-induced population growth, what will need to happen on the large island of Greenland to support 50 million people? Describe this “sustainable new world” in Greenland as it might look in the year 2065. Describe the ecosystem services and products that will support this population. From where will they get their yearround freshwater supply? What kinds of food should they grow, and what will be the limitations on food production that they need to address? (Think about the geography and seasonal limitations!) What will they use for energy if they can’t use fossil fuels? How should they design their cities and the buildings within their cities to optimize energy use, support alternative transportation and build a strong sense of community? How shall they manage their waste? After (or as) you describe these essential infrastructure issues, consider how someone with entrepreneurial tendencies might seize on the new opportunities in Greenland! …

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