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InstructionsThis unit has explored different views of water usage and treatment

InstructionsThis unit has explored different views of water usage and treatment and conveyed different perspectives on food and agriculture.
For this assignment, pretend that you are on the staff of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The House member has asked you to create a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the various sides of issues related to water, food, and agriculture. The House member is not asking for your opinion. Rather, she is asking you to present opposing views so that she can be better educated on the issues. Your presentation should meet the following criteria:
express different views of water usage and treatment and
convey different perspectives on food and agriculture.
Feel free to be creative. You are allowed to utilize PowerPoint’s features to create charts and graphics. You are not required to include slide notes.
Your PowerPoint presentation must be a minimum of 10 slides in length, not counting the title slide and references slide (which are required).
You should utilize at least two sources at a minimum, one of which can be your textbook and one of which should be a peer-reviewed article from the CSU Online Library. Please adhere to APA Style when creating citations and references for this assignment.

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Water Treatment Challenge Report. Introduction & Method – Give a detailed expla

Water Treatment Challenge Report.
Introduction & Method – Give a detailed explanation of Wastewater Treatment Methods – Please include all steps and whether these are primary, secondary or advanced wastewater treatment methods –
. Results – What was your beginning and ending turbidity and water quality? Should be given in the form of a table that is labeled according to APA guidelines – 5 points (If online, please see the content section for results)
. Discussion – Explain your results. Why did your water quality improve or not improve? What changes could you have made? –
Conclusion – Sum up your lab report –
References –
I am attaching the results and the steps

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See the information about springs at the Florida Springs Institute website above

See the information about springs at the Florida Springs Institute website above. Then, watch parts 1, 2, and 3 of Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida below. In this video, you will discover the underground system of caves and tunnels and the journey of water beneath society on its way to springs.
If the above link doesn’t work, use these youtube links instead to watch the videos:
Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida, Part 1 of 3Links to an external site.
Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida, Part 2 of 3Links to an external site.
Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida, Part 3 of 3Links to an external site.
Watch the video at the link above and then provide a review of the video, describing the connections between human society above ground, and the quality of aquifers below ground. This assignment will be evaluated based on how well the response summarizes the main points of the video, utilizing proper grammar and spelling, and creative writing skills. Your response must be between 1000-1500 words in length. Please use Microsoft Word or PDF when completing your assignment. See below for detailed grading rubric.
Assignment objectives:
Provide a short summary of the video
Provide a description of at least 2 ways that Floridians are impacting the springs
Based on your readings and the video, offer at least 2 innovative solutions to these impacts

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Instructions You are the Governor-elect of your U.S. state/prefecture/regional

Instructions
You are the Governor-elect of your U.S. state/prefecture/regional government authority about to start your term. You have the power to legislate and implement measures for major shifts in policy including energy. Your state can produce energy, import it, or a combination of the two. An oil pipeline passes on the edge of your state, but it’s not free. Your underground oil resources are proven, but not all have been tapped. No coal exists in your state.Three independent studies commissioned by your predecessor were carried out. One says that your state’s finances can sustain fracking for the next 20 years, while phasing out oil and coal. The second study proposes selling whatever is left of your oil and most of your natural gas until you can afford to build a nuclear power plant in 10-20 years. The third study finds that it is more profitable to sell your natural gas to other states, while exhausting the last of your oil resources within the next 7 years.
How do you deal with that conflicting information? What is your course of action?
Read carefully all the information before responding.
Your final essay and presentation will be on the same topic. This topic will be drawn and inspired from the environmental issues you have been exposed to so far and will continue to be exposed to in class this semester. There is more material to be covered, so you don’t have to decide this week, but you need to have thought about it, have posted on this forum, and gotten my approval by Dec 2. The presentation is due on Dec 6 and the essay is due on Dec 6. The earlier you post on the Discussion Forum, the more time you will have available to prepare both deliverables. See relevant Assignments.
Post here a topic you feel passionate about and a couple of sentences on it. I will review it and post comments or alternative ideas.

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Why are you for or against using wastewater as a source of drinking water?

Assignment 5 will require you to write a three to four-page essay on the topic of using wastewater as a drinking water source. This topic of course addresses wastewater and drinking water treatment. Before you attempt this essay, make sure you watch the video titled “Taking the Waste out of Wastewater” posted in the video folder under the drinking water section. Remember, you must address your opinion on the issue of reclaimed water as a source of drinking water.Please address the following in your essay:In your own words, explain water reclamation and how is it related to wastewater and drinking water.
Why should we consider using wastewater as a source of drinking water? Discuss why we should use wastewater as a drinking water source.
What are the objections against using wastewater as a drinking water source?
Discuss the basic perceptions that may limit using wastewater as a source of drinking water.
Discuss your opinion on using wastewater as a source of drinking water, if it is treated to drinking water standards, of course.
Why are you for or against using wastewater as a source of drinking water?
Finally, summarize your opinion.
Must include at least 3 references throughout the paper and in your reference sectionFormatting Instructions: 12 point easy-to-read font, double-spaced, 1″ margins
New York Times video – “Taking the Waste out of Wastewater”

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What do you think needs to be done to improve the sustainability of agriculture?

Agriculture
Please respond to the following prompts for your discussion post: What do you think about when you make food choices (i.e. convenience, taste, nutrition, etc.)?
Do you consider the environment when you make food choices?
What do you think needs to be done to improve the sustainability of agriculture?
Are there changes you are willing to make to increase the sustainability of your food consumption?

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What do you think about what is being suggested in the video?

1) The storymap lecture discussed the idea of positive-sum sustainability solutions (i.e., those that simultaneously advance the goals of environmental protection and human well-being). Each of the following videos suggests such a positive-sum solution. Watch one of the videos and briefly summarize it. What is the main idea, and how does what the presenter is suggesting promise to benefit both people and planet? After your summary, offer a personal reaction. What do you think about what is being suggested in the video? And do you agree that this is, in fact, a positive sum solution (i.e, that it has the potential to simultaneously promote environmental sustainability and human well being)? Watch & respond to one of the following videos: a. Jeff Speck: The Walkable City
b. Gabe Brown: Regeneration of Our Lands: A Producer’s Perspective
c. Juliet Schor: Visualizing a Plenitude Economy
2) Can you come up with a different “positive-sum solution,” that in your view would simultaneously enhance human well-being while decreasing humanity’s ecological footprint? Find an online article that provides an example of a different “positive-sum solution.” Post a link to your article, and briefly summarize it here. (If you’re having difficulty coming up with ideas, consider one of the following topics: food waste, sustainable fashion, afforestation (or search for “trillion trees initiative”), sustainable oceans, food forests, water sustainability, to name just a few).

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Assignment submission:

Lab report guidelines Your lab report should be written in 12 point font, double spaced. The report should be written using full sentences and paragraphs, not bulleted lists of information. It should be approximately 2-4 pages in length including the dose-response graph and data table in the results section. Your lab report should have all the following sections. Please include all the information outlined in each section. You also need to include a section heading in bold for each section in your lab report (Intro, Methods, Results and Discussion) Introduction The introduction establishes the purpose of the report. A well written introduction should answer the questions, why are we doing this research and what do we hope to find out? You also need to include your hypotheses in this section. Methods The methods section should be a straightforward description of what you did in your experiment. This includes describing the materials you used and how you used them. Based on your methodology section, the reader should be able to repl icate your experiment. Results The results are a summary of your observations. You need to report on all your results, do not leave anything out. Include a data table reporting on your results and a dose response graph. Avoid discussing what your results may mean in this section. That information belongs in the discussion/conclusions section. Discussion and Conclusions Based on your results, did your outcomes support your original hypothesis? Keep in mind that science never truly proves anything; it contributes to a growing body of evidence about the way our world works. If your research does not appear to support your hypothesis, be truthful about that. Remember that in science we learn as much from failures as we do from successes. Assignment submission: Your lab report should be submitted as either a Word document or pdf file. The lab report should be 2-
4 pages in length, typed, using the section format outlined under the lab report guidelines above (make sure you have every section, with section headers and all the required information listed in each section).

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How does this compare to the farms around him.

1) Watch a TedTalk given by Virginia farmer Joel Salatin called Cows, Carbon, and Climate, & then answer the following questions.
a) What does Salatin say is the herbivore’s “classic role in nature?”
b) How does he suggest that today’s cattle ranchers can allow herbivores to perform their “classic role” while raising livestock for meat production?
c) In Salatin’s opinion, how can herbivores like cows actually have a positive, as opposed to a negative, impact with respect to climate change?
d) How many pounds of biomass is produced per acre on Salatin’s farm? How does this compare to the farms around him.
e) What did you find most interesting about Salatin’s talk.
2) Using the Regenerative Farming in Georgia storymap produced by KSU student Jonathan Scott, find one Georgia farm that is engaged in sustainable meat production. Read the information provided by Jonathan, and then visit the farm’s website to learn more about their farm. What do they claim makes them different from industrial meat producers, i.e., why do they feel that they’re farming in a way that can be called “regenerative,” or sustainable? Based on the information provided in Jonathan’s storymap and on the farm’s website, do you think that it’s likely that these farms have reduced their ecological footprint in comparison to industrial meat producers? Why or why not?

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Select one major difference between islamic law and the western legal system (slide 89),

Essay 3 will help students develop critical thinking and information literacy skills by demonstrating knowledge of one global religion[Islam] and thinking critically about its weaponization and political deployment in recent decades by Geopolitical Axis1 against Geopolitical Axis2 in order to achieve complex geopolitical goals.
The religion of Islam has been in the spotlight in recent decades, especially since the September 11 attacks and the seven scheduled wars on terror. This assignment should help the student develop some basic understanding of Islam (as a religion and a culture) through a brief introduction to (1) Monotheism (belief in the existence of only one god, slides 1-9), (2) the Quran (the sacred scripture of Islam, slides 14-19 and 7), (3) Prophet Muhammad (the man who established or re-established Islam, slides 50-54), (4) the Five Pillars of Islam (the five worship rituals incumbent upon adult and able Muslim males and females, slide 87), (5) the guiding principle of bringing benefits and warding off harms to the individual and society under Islamic law (slide 89), (6) Islamic values of human brotherhood and good action and intention (slide 129), (7) the geopolitical origins and ramifications of ‘Jihadism’ and ‘terrorism’ in Afghanistan in the 1980s and in Syria since 2011 (slides 112 and 125), and (8) how religion per se is NOT really the problem (slide 131) unless states/governments decide to weaponize it. For example, in 1952 religion was identified in a “Top Secret” Annex to U.S. National Security Council 129 as an important Cold War asset. In the 1980s the U.S. government launched a full scale weaponization and political deployment of Islam including funding, arming, and training Jihadists/Mujahideen in Afghanistan and designing Jihadist curricula for Muslim children and adults in a way that may not be congruent with Thomas Jefferson [author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States]’s understanding and interpretation of the clause about religion in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution [“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”] as a “wall of separation” prohibiting specifically the U.S. federal government from any involvement in religion in the United States and implicitly in other countries (slide 119).
Based exclusively on the PowerPoint slides for Essay3 and the Videos for Essay3, SELECT each one of the following 8 listed items and EXPLAIN its significance and relevance to OUR time/era (before you select the next one). To find out about what ‘significant’ or ‘relevant’ could mean in this context, read carefully the short Hadith at the bottom of slide 65 in light of the current proliferation and dissemination of ‘fake news’ via ‘social media’, and read also the moral/legal discussion about the ‘duty to rescue’ and the other THREE Hadith and the BBC and Washington Post stories in slide 67.
Select ONE verse from the many Quran verses in the following slides 1-9, 16-31, 33-48, 77-82, 86-87, 89-90,
Select ONE hadith from the many hadith/sayings by Prophet Muhammad in the following slides 64-76, 84-85, 88; see slides 62 and 63 for the definition of ‘hadith’,
Select ONE of the Five Pillars of Islam and the verse(s) mandating it in slide 87,
Select ONE of the FIVE necessary benefits that must be protected under Islamic law in slide 89 and the Quran verse indicating its necessary protection in slides 90 and 34,
Select ONE major difference between Islamic law and the Western legal system (slide 89),
Select ONE of the Islamic values (slide 129),
Select ONE issue of concern to Western Muslims today (Western Muslims: Issues and Concerns, VideoA (1 to 6, 10 mn each)
Select the top two or three most important things you have learned about Islam and the Quran while watching Hamza Yusuf answer Jordan Peterson’s questions in VideoB (1h:33mn): “What We Can All Learn From Islam & The Quran.” Hamza Yusuf & Jordan Peterson.
First, you provide separately and in sequence the full quote of each one of the EIGHT selected items in the body of the essay (the source of the quote and its PowerPoint slide number (or Video reference–VideoA number 1 to 6, minute 1 to 10; and VideoB minute number) should be referenced in properly entered footnotes, according to the Sample Format Page followed immediately (i.e.,before the next item to be selected) by a concise explanation of its significance and relevance to our time/era from your own perspective and in your OWN words.
Second, based on your learning from your EIGHT selections and from PowerPoint slides 112 and 125 (covering how the US and its allies sponsored ‘Jihad’ wars in Afghanistan in the 1980s and in Syria since 2011), you should provide a thoughtful explanation of the geopolitical origins, ultimate goals, and ramifications of those wars in Afghanistan in the 1980s and in Syria since 2011.
Note that governments/states often take credit for success in war (see slide 170 where Saudi Foreign Minister boasted about US-Saudi cooperation in the Afghanistan war: “We worked together in Afghanistan and we prevailed”) and blame their adversaries or blame each other or blame culture/terrorism for failure (see for example the revelations made by US Vice President Biden and former Qatari Prime Minister Bin Jasim in slide 125 when they failed in Syria; see also what Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in slide 112 when he acknowledged that “Al-Qaeda leaders, ISIS leaders, they were all Muslim Brotherhood first… We used the Muslim Brotherhood in the Cold War—we did, both of us [Saudi Arabia and the United States]… This is what America wanted us to do.” Your essay should be 900-1200 words, EXCLUDING the text of the EIGHT quotes of your selections.