Environmental Science Questions
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
1. Explain why the Neolithic Era considered the last great advancement of prehistoric humans?
2. Describe the environmental changes that were occurring during the Neolithic Era that enabled this change?
3. Describe nomadic pastoral societies, what do they require and what are the challenges they face today.
4. List the 6 different geographical places did the earliest domestication of plants occur? What did they have in common?
5. Describe the process of shifting agriculture, how long has it been around. How has shifting agriculture changed today?
10. Al Gore Ted Talk & Documentary About New Technologies Discussion
For this class activity you can choose to either watch the “Merchants of Doubts” movie, or watch two short documentaries on Youtube. This will give everyone an opportunity to choose if you would like to pay for the video or not.
We will not have Zoom class on this day.
In this class activity, you will watch the documentary called “Merchants of Doubts”. Due to the copyright issue, we cannot show this movie on ZOOM. You will need to purchase this movie on Amazon.com:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00YO2IC3W/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r (Links to an external site.)
You can rent it for 3.99 or buy it for 12.99 (the price may change a little in different weeks).
Answer the questions below:
1. In the movie, they mentioned about the case on whether or not nicotine is addictive, and the law suits with tobacco companies, please explain how this is related to the current issue of climate change.
2. What do you learn from the movie, about scientists that claim that global warming is not real, or about warming is beneficial?
3. What is the analogy of watermelon referring to?
4. What did you learn about the climate debate that TV channels usually host?
5. Anything you want to comment about this movie? What is the most unforgettable part in your opinion?
Option 2 (Please complete BOTH videos below):
You will be watching a TED talk and a short documentary in this seminar. Links to videos are included below. Both videos are free to watch on Youtube.
PART I: Questions on Al Gore Ted Talk
1. What happened to the Arctic Sea Ice from 1980 to 2005? Can you describe the change based on the what Al Gore said? (1 point)
2. Al Gore talked about the temperatures on Venus and Earth. Remember in previous classes, we also compared the temperature between Venus and Earth. Which planet has higher surface temperature? Could you explain why? (2 point)
3. How does Al Gore describe about the view from the politicians on remediating climate change in United States? (1 point)
4. For the very famous graph of atmospheric CO2 measurements, do you remember where it is taken (what location)? (1 point)
TED: Al Gore (2008): New thinking on the climate crisis (480p) (Links to an external site.)
PART II: Questions on a documentary about new technologies
5. Which one is more cost effective for producing ethanol: corn or sugar cane?
6. Using ethanol produced from sugar cane, one can reduce the total CARBON FOOTPRTINT by up to ______ than using gasoline.
7. What new technology are scientists developing at NOKIA to help drivers select more efficient driving routes in the future?
8. What do scientists learn from school of fish to save energy for long-haul trucks?
9. How does the Sun Beam Down prototype system work at Abu Dhabi?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ki5fX9M7JY (Links to an external site.)
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Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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