16 January Science 8–Continue Carbon jigsaw activity; Complete presentation; Human Impact topics

  1. Review DSN entry from previous class. (How are you doing with keeping your DSN complete and up-to-date? Send Dr. F an email if you need assistance.)
  2. Review the blogpost for today’s class.
  3. Prepare your DSN entry for today.

See previous blogpost: http://rfrazier.msblogs.aes.ac.in/2018/01/11/12-jan-science-8-carbon-jigsaw/

Continue reviewing your resources. Collaboratively prepare a 5 minute presentation in which all members of the group have contributed and have a role. After your presentation share with the class in this folder (one person from each group will need to have editing privileges): Science 8 Frazier Carbon / Carbon Cycle Presentations 1718  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18eJpR4pSfCB6x2cZpox4HgTL9u8BsdTy?usp=sharing

Description of resources. Background to references / authors. Main ideas. Significant details and supporting examples. Links to ideas from first semester–the atomic theory of matter. Are there explicit or implicit points of view evident in the resources? Explain. Big questions held by your group. Your thoughts on possible answers. Summary statement on what you have learned about carbon and the carbon cycle. Reference list slide.

Be ready to present your findings.

During presentations each class member should have questions to pose to the presenting group. Listen closely to see what you understand and to see which presented ideas correspond to ideas from your own reference/resource cluster.


Human Impact on the Earth

You have already selected your topic (by lottery). You should have begun watching for items “in the news” and creating annotations. If you have not, be sure you start now:

Annotation (for each reference):

  1. Full bibliographic information, author, date, title, publication, volume, edition, page (or equivalent). If web-based, include the url, the date of posting (last edit), and the date you last accessed.
  2. Information about the author and publication–background, expertise, affiliation. If no author, focus on the publication.
  3. Content of the article. Be specific. Big ideas and enough of the significant details to get a sense of what the article is about.
  4. Point of view and usefulness. Is the article a report of original research or a review of research or an opinion-editorial or a reflective essay or some other genre? If a point of view being presented. What kind of evidence is used to support the points made in the article?


( < https://docs.google.com/a/aes.ac.in/spreadsheets/d/1SXx0Zvtkx8C3SixY99dE-F5_GNS0XYM0yjkp3oNGqsg/edit?usp=sharing >)

  1. (Global) CO2–greenhouse effect–global warming–global climate change—shifting of carbon cycle
  2. India(Invasive species in India—loss of native habitat and biodiversity)
  3. (India) Endangered species. Habitat loss. Trade in endangered species. Animal human conflict. Conservation efforts in India.
  4. (Global)Elements in an Ipad-Laptop-Cell phone–Rare earths and conflict minerals—environmental costs of technology
  5. (India)Air quality in Delhi–air pollution
  6. (Global)The Anthropocene and the 6th great extinction
  7. (India)Mining-industrial, economic development, urban sprawl and conservation of nature / habitat / biodiversity in India
  8. (India)Agriculture-pesticides-fertilizer-nutrition and health in India
  9. (Global with local examples) The concept of ecosystem services—re-evaluating economic policy and theory in light of the environment—other ways to assess the value of the environment—international examples—Indian example.
  10. (India) The degradation and altering watersheds—River linking, dams.
  11. (India-Delhi) Access to clean water—sewage—pollution—irrigation—shortage of water.
  12. (Global) New Diseases. Zoonotic diseases. 
  13. (Global) Food security. Genetic engineering. Reduction in genetic diversity of food crops. Selection of herbicide resistant weeds. Loss of pollinator populations and diversity (pesticides and bees, for example).
  14. (Global and local) Deforestation–India, Tropics, Worldwide
  15. (Global and local) Climate denial, science denial, removal of environmental protections
  16. (Global and local) Current state of “green energy.” Renewable energy. Non-carbon based energy technologies
  17. (Global and local) Habitat restoration. “ Rewilding.”E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth proposal.
  18. (Global and India) Promising environmentally sustainable practices and technologies (other than green energy examples from #16).
  19. (local)AES efforts to implement environmentally friendly practices. Areas for improvement. Suggestions.
  20. You choose—must be distinct from other options.

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