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ENVS 101 - Class Six

ENVS 101 - Class Six - ENVS 101 Class Six Fact Finding...

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ENVS 101: Class Six 02/05/08 Fact Finding Worksheet Handed back today (100%) Overall good effort Web site authority o Referenceable if Authority for content No obvious agenda DEC closest office: Stamford o Oneonta for WWT acceptable Vote! Environmental Science Facts   Concepts   Issues   Choices Last Class Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes Supplement 12 760 million years of Plate Tectonics Next Class Exam 1 Consist of o 41 multiple choice o 3 short essays o 1 very short answer, fill-in-the-blank Taiji and Mercury Atmospheric Mercury Varied sources o Unintended consequences of modern life o Municipal waste: 19% (mostly batteries) o Coal, industrial: 18% o Medical waste: 10% o Hazardous waste: 4% o Residential boilers: 2% o Manufacturing: 10% o Area sources: 3% o Coal, utility: 34%
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The Chinese are building a manufacturing plant a week, and burning coal. Worldwide and increasing as we speak. The largest issue in municipal waste is batteries. o Soon to grow with compact fluorescent bulbs. Mercury and Humans Mercury poisoning usually misdiagnosed o Insidious onset o Nonspecific signs and symptoms Drooling Lurching gait Intoxicated appearance o Lock of knowledge within medical profession Poisonous o Elemental mercury and methyl mercury and others Mad Hatter o Felt hats very common o The quickest way to separate the felt in the hides was with mercury. o Understood meaning at the time the story came about. o Why he is always wearing a hat. Mercury Poisoning in Japan Minimata o Plastics plant 1960s – 1970s o Enclosed bay Much fish and shellfish Diet staples o Deal fish o Cat “suicides” o Human poisoning o Birth Defects Looked much akin to defects in cities that had been hit with atomic 
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