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Environment in the media -European History

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1) Pick a current report from the media (since 15 August 2016) about the environment in Europe. Go to the Environment in the Media section of the Brightspace site & you will find lots of links to major media outlets such as the BBC or the New York Times. Scroll down to the bottom and you will find 3 sample news stories from the BBC, the New York Times and the Weather Network. If you choose an article from another source, send me the link so I can look it over for you.

2) Choose an article with a long-term or historical perspective and build on this perspective using the Environmental History Reading List.


3) Choose an article that is lacking an historical perspective and critique or comment on how a present-day focus affects the report again by comparing the article to the sources on the Environmental History Reading List.

Topics could be:

global warming
climate change
epidemics and disease (such as public health responses to the Ebola virus or vaccination practices)
an oil spill
energy use
population growth
species extinction or regeneration
invasive v. native plants
agricultural practices
the use of natural resources such as the cod or herring fishery, coal, cotton, wool, beaver pelts
wood or timber (as fuel, as timber for shipbuilding or houses, as ties for railroads)
sources of energy such as wind, coal, peat
water (for water mills or transportation)
a river (or how a watercourse was made into a canal or a hydroelectric dam)
a lake (reservoir)
compare discussion of the use of a natural resource today with the historical use of a different (perhaps a depleted) natural resource
a national or urban park
4) Once you have chosen the media report then go to the Environmental History Reading List organized by topic in Environment in the Media section of the Brightspace site. You will find a list of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, e-books, chapters of books and websites to help you look at the topic historically. You must use and cite at least three of these sources. No random internet surfing! Google is not always your friend and you will lose marks. Check in with Dr Warner about a possible source or website that is not on the list. You could use one of the required readings for the topic on the course outline, but earn points for initiative and going beyond the required reading.

Each topic for our course has web links and resources on Brightpsace too. Have a look at the theme of your chosen topic on our Blackboard site to see if there are any resources to help you.

Submit a 4 page (approximately 1000 word), double-spaced word-processed paper through Brightspace Dropbox. Make sure to include footnotes and a bibliography where you cite a minimum of three secondary sources and the media article. A copy of the chosen media report must be submitted with the assignment.



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