Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

Read and Respond Assignment 1

This article has a very strong argument. Everyone is taught to do things that protect our environment and one way to do that is to recycle every single thing that we toss away. The rational behind this is that you … Continue reading

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Read and Response 1: Jonathan Gross

The article I am responding to is Why Africa Needs Fossil Fuels. The article, written by Bjorn Lomberg, argues for a transition from renewable energy to fossil fuel energy. Eighty percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy, excluding South Africa, comes from renewables. … Continue reading

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Peer Review 2

Overall the idea of the sustainability of ways to think of transportation in the future is a very realistic it fits in well with the structure of the class. The introduction is very clear as well as the arguement being … Continue reading

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Read and Response 1: Fossil Fuels in Africa

I personally agree with the main point that the article “Why Africa Needs Fossil Fuels” advocates. Coal, oil, and other fossil fuels are a crucial part of the process of industrialization. Not one industrialized country in the world today skipped … Continue reading

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Seeing Through the Magic Trick

In the news article “The Reign of Recycling” by John Tierney, John makes an allegedly second argument against the practice of recycling. I take issue with his argument due to significant reliance on logical fallacies or outdated and inaccurate sources … Continue reading

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Read and Response 1; Reign of recycling

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/opinion/sunday/the-reign-of-recycling.html?_r=1 John Tierney has previously wrote an article debating the usefulness of recycling and how much effect it really plays in helping the enviroment. Although it seems to have very beneficial effects and ways it is helping the enviroment, it … Continue reading

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Read and Response #1

The article I choose to write about for this assignment was the John Tierney piece on recycling. Over all I found this article really interesting, the problems associated with recycling is not something we talk much about in our society … Continue reading

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Read and Respond Writing: The Numbers Don’t Lie

The article I decided to focus on was titled The Reign of Recycling by John Tierney. The thing that caught my eye in the article were the numbers. The strongest point of the article was when they mentioned that recycling … Continue reading

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Read and Response

Growing up I always thought recycling was environmentally friendly and saved the planet, but as I got older I learned that it is more of a burden rather than beneficial to the environment. I think the article “The Reign of … Continue reading

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Read and Respond 1

In the article The Reign of Recycling, I found that the author’s argument, which the current recycling is not really economically and environmentally beneficial, is really convincing to me. Prior to read this article, I have had some questions in terms of recycling for a long time. You can find 6 or more different garbage bins together to fit different kinds of wastes on the campus. People always comply with those garbage bins to sort their wastes into different bins if they are available. But the most common garbage bin is still that single one without any sorting in the world. So people can only throw all wastes into that one garbage bin. Definitely it’s more efficient to use those different bins to recycle the wastes. Why aren’t those 6 or more different garbage bins to sort the wastes feasible all over the world?   I found the answers in the article and that’s why I think this article is pretty convincing to me. The benefits to sort and recycle all those wastes can’t really offset the costs. It’s pretty obvious that it needs a lot of investments to build the manufactures to recycle those wastes and at the same time the recycling will generate other costs such as transportation costs and labor costs. Besides the costs, actually it would also spend some resources such as water to clean and recycle those wastes. So as the article mentioned, recycling is not only that people throw the plastic bottle into the corresponding garbage bin, but also needs many underlying steps. Therefore, if the data about one round trip from New York to London needs 40,000 recycled plastic bottles to offset the carbon dioxide emissions (The Reign of Recycling, 2016), the programs such as zero-waste don’t make sense in terms of both environmentally and economically. I will agree with the opinion as the author that only recycle the valuable items such as metals and paper products and let the other things be sent to the landfill.   But there are also some rooms left can be improved to make this article more convincible to other readers. For example the data, which 1000 years total wastes will only occupy 0.1% of the land available for grazing(The Reign of Recycling, 2016), is kind of outdated. I noticed that this is from the article 1996. It has been 20 years passed. I have no idea about how much wastes we produced at 1996 and how much at 2016. But I believe that the total amount should be increased from the last 20 years. And probably that number will still increase in next several decades in exponential model. Therefore the number it provided could be much smaller than actual number. It’s really necessary to have the recent data about the total amount of wastes and the increasing rate of that waste to see what is the real current situation.   Overall this is a really good article which can let people deeply think about recycling. Is that really worthy to recycle all wastes? I believe everyone will have an answer after reading the article.

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Read Respond Assignment 1

Slow Steaming and the Supposed Limits to Growth Scientists, anti-environmentalist conservatives, and anti-capitalists are constantly arguing about environmentalism and if it is practical in our economy. Scientists hold the purely academic outlook and contest that there is no price too … Continue reading

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Read and Respond Assignment 1

John Tierney writes in his article “The Reign of Recycling” that recycling does not actually lead to significant decreases in the amount of carbon put into the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of the time it is more expensive to recycle ordinary … Continue reading

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