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I'm double majoring in geology and sociology because I find sociology interesting and geology seems like a good career path for job security and as good foundational knowledge for being an environmental scientist. However, as everyone points out, sociology has exactly zero jobs out there. Is sociology helpful in the field for environmental scientists or geologists? I'm also planning on getting an MS in Environmental science and thought maybe the sociology degree would provide important context for that but is this right? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
My thesis is on analyzing the carbon emissions from durable goods (like transport, jewellery, IT device etc) by households belonging to different deciles based on a survey data in India for year 2014-15 (single year).
I chose Jevon's paradox as my theoretical framework because the consumption will rise with income if people are not carbon sensitive.. and Jevon's paradox implies that despite technological advancements there is overconsumption of goods in the world.
I don't think an environmental kuznets curve theory should hold here as it means initially carbon emissions rise with increase in economic growth/income and then after reaching a peak they fall. I cannot take it for my single year data because I cannot show an increase in income by any chance. Also my data doesn't have income data so I'm using consumption expenditure as a proxy for income.
This is another conceptual framework I found in a paper:
It shows that Indian households are adapting their lifestyle following the recent economic growth. The rise in household carbon emissions is due to three interrelated factors: consumption patterns, income/lifestyle changes, and socioeconomic and environmental factors.
But my supervisor feels this is not appropriate.. I suggested I can do a state-wise analysis and show that Environmental Kuznets Curve hold as we move from backward states to developed states in india but he feels it is a deviation from the All-India study I am doing.
Please suggest any thing at all.. I would be willing to explore it from different angles. This is my first research project as a masters student so I know it won't be perfect but I really want to give it my best shot. Thank you.
Edit: I initially thought I'd be using input-output table for calculating carbon emissions and later due to complexity of handling such big dataset on input-output table I sourced those emissions from another paper so there is no such methodological framework I can use to frame my theoretical framework.
Hi! I'm here looking for advice. I'm about to apply for a fellowship in the USA but there the educational system is so weird that I wasn't able to find any information about courses in any of the programs I looked. Resuming I'm trying to find a good program In the field of ecotoxicology/environmental toxicology of heavy metals and metalloids. I'm doing my PhD (Argentina) on the effects of arsenic in freshwater to native fish. So I thought that including arsenic speciation will be the most appropriate way to increase the understanding of arsenic toxicity. If any of you knows where may I apply I'll be thankful.
Thank you in advance.
Was just randomly thinking about the landfill and how we in the United States burns tons of trash every year and I have to wonder: If we are burning trash which is harmful to the environment, can’t we at least burn it at a power plant as a replacement for coal so then that way we burn less coal per year, but also gain electricity from burning the trash? Obviously this still sends toxic fumes into the air but we are burning trash anyways, and coal is a limited resource so shouldn’t we try using it sparingly?
I am working on a project where my group members are suggesting allowing "succession to take over" for 50 years to allow hardwood forest to naturally take over farmland and create wildlife habitat. I am urging them to consider planting hardwoods instead. Our project takes place in SW Virginia on 80 ac of farmland that is surrounded by hardwood forest. I believe that invasives will take over, rather than oaks and hard mast trees. Is there any publication to support their hypothesis vs. mine? Passive management does not seem like a effective method to me.
I am doing a university assignment on feedback loops and I can not seem to think of anything. I was wondering if anyone on here could help out. I need 2 loops, one negative, one positive with at least 5 outputs.
Any good advice when contacting a company about internships ?
Hi, I’m doing a study on the relationship between coral cover and fish biodiversity in Gili, Indonesia. If anyone has resources to offer regarding the topic, pls share!!
I'm writing a literature review on eDNA and I need to say that the metabarcoding was directed at three different (insert word here) - fish, crustacean and eukaryote. Also I need to talk about the success of primers to ID species or genus or only a higher taxonomic group so need to say what each primer was best at finding out of those three but I don't know what the word to use is, thanks
Help a researcher out! I'm desperately seeking a pre-existing database in Excel format that contains emission data for companies. Specifically, I'm on the hunt for GHG emissions, renewable and non-renewable energy usage, water and effluents, biodiversity, pollutants, and waste effluents.
If you know of any resources that can help me out, please share the love! I'd be grateful for any leads (and maybe even buy a Powerball ticket if it contains everything I need). GRI used to have a database, but alas, it's gone. Let's find this database together!
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So guys, I am a civil engineering graduate from India and I plan to apply for PhD positions in EE. I am not sure how the curriculum is like in the rest of the world, but in India, civil engineering does not teach you a lot of environmental engineering. You get this basic introduction to what sewage, water air and solid waste treatment is like. You do not get to study the nitty gritty here. You've got to specialize for that.
I personally find the whole field of EE to be fascinating but water quality and water treatment interests me the most! Close to that would be industrial water treatment. Air is somewhat interesting and solid waste management is the LEAST interesting part for me. So ideally, I would like my research work to be something related to water quality treatment (maybe like ground water remediation and stuff like that) but then I am not sure of 2 things.
I know there are a lot of things that come under this topic so I would love to know all the hot topics in the field of water quality and industrial waste water treatment as well! Please let me know which has high research scope or please tell me about some pressing issues regarding these topics that we face today!
Has anyone heard of carbon capture & utilization? If so, what have you heard about it?
I was academically dismissed from USF for n IAB major and want to re-apply as environmental science & policy major, in order to do so I need to take Intro to environmental policy outside USF. The course at USF is EVR2861 looking to take the equivalent at a college I could take?
Hi I need some advice on the future / insight from those already in their work life. Currently, im a first year college student majoring in environmental science and minoring in environmental studies. I recently added environmental studies as a minor since I only need to take one more class to get the minor and the classes for my major and minor overlap a bit so I figured I might as well since it's not much more work. I was wondering if those two complimented each other well / if the minor helps me in my future work / getting a job. Through my major I'm able to take GIS oriented classes and I can get a GIS certificate through my school. To my knowledge GIS is a useful skill to have and a certificate would help me a lot with getting jobs, correct me if I'm wrong though. I also plan on getting a masters in environmental management with either a concentration in water / waste-water treatment or with a concentration in environmental hazard / toxic clean up. I was wondering how much it mattered where I got my masters from to an employer. The college I'm at has a decent environmental science programs and its located in SF. With that in mind im close to Berkeley and if I really put my head down and focus these next 3 years I might have a shot at transferring into their masters programs. My current gpa is between 3.10-3.5, grades haven't been posted yet so I still need to wait on my final first year GPA. I was wondering how much it would matter to an employer seeing I got my masters from a school like Berkeley vs the school im at right now which isn't as good but its not a bad school. Essentially with all this information in mind, how much more should I do / what else should I do to ensure that I am successful when I get a job / graduate from college. Thanks!
Recently cleaning up a site with multiple commercial and residential heating oil USTs with large contamination to soil and groundwater. I was wondering if anyone could give an answer about how field screening results with a PID compare to laboratory analysis. For example, I’m getting readings of 1.9 ppm with the PID, how what does that look like for laboratory results? I understand the PID isn’t perfect, but I wanted to know if anyone with experience had noticed some trends with field readings versus lab results.
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I have been looking into this career field lately because I’d like to pursue an outdoors-related career, would like to help the environment, work with nature, and wish to take a less stressful career path.
Could any of you here who already work as Environmental Scientists and Specialists or as Environmental Science and Protection Technicians provide me with some useful insight into the nature of these careers?
For example, you could describe your specific working environment in detail, what exactly it is that you do on on your job/describe a typical day at work, what you personally think of the work, describe the hours and schedule, pay, what kind of opportunities are available, schooling required, would you recommend it to someone with my interests, why not and what would you recommend instead, etc. anything you would tell someone who knows nothing about your job but is seriously considering it.
Any advice and insight would be hugely appreciated. Seriously. Thank you.
Looking for a recommendation on where to get an Accredited calibration for an IR Therometer that goes over 500°C in the US?
While thinking about careers yesterday, I suddenly thought I want to get a job helping with the environment. This is because I realised that one of the biggest pulls for me is doing something that will make a genuine positive difference on the world. I am great with animals, and care about climate change.
Any ideas how to go from a 2.1 history degree into something environmental? I am daunted by the idea of forking out 10 grand for a conversion course into environmental science, but maybe this is what you must do? Hopefully not... pls help:'
Hello all of you environmental scientists!
You might not be aware of this, but there is a forum called NICOLE (Network for Industrially Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe).
In this forum industry experts, scientists, and service providers exchange knowledge about sustainable land management. In short -> they discuss all matters related to environmental sustainability.
In connection to this forum we are currently developing a new podcast called Sustainable Land Matters to enable people who cannot attent the academic workshops to stay in the loop - and also participate.
Among others, we are talking to Frederic Coulon, Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology at Cranfield University, and Timothy Vogel, Microbiologist and Professor of Environmental Microbial Genomics at the University of Lyon.
We would like to know if there are any questions you might have and would like us to pass on to our guests.
Therefore, tell us what's on your mind!
I'd bet this question has already been asked a million times, but i struggled finding anything on the internet.
As far as I know, the greenhouse effect is due to light rays from the sun entering the atmosphere, then not being able to escape due to relfection from greenhouse gases. Now my question is: how come light rays don't get reflected out before entering the atmosphere?
If that were the case, the 2 effects should compensate each other: as CO2 and other greenhouse gases concetrations increase, more light gets trapped, but at the same time more light gets reflected out.
I have a few hypotheses as to how this might work: one possibility might be that more light gets trapped than reflected, creating an imbalance and making temperatures increase; another might be that the atmosphere, for some reason effectively does act as some sort of one-way mirror, maybe because higher layers are more rarified making it easy for light to enter, which then gets stuck inside as the layers get "thicker and thicker"; the last possibility I considered is that light might lose energy as it penetrates the atmosphere, leaving it without enough energy to escape once it's penetrated.
Is any combination of these the reason? Is there more? Have I misunderstood the phenomenon entirely?
Hi, my name is Owen Nichols. I have received good grades all through out high school and I am about to graduate with a 4.0 GPA. Unfortunately, the FAFSA I completed in December never fully submitted to my dream school, Gonzaga University. Right when I was about to declare my commitment, my parents and I saw the mistake and realized our family won’t be able to afford the education without financial aid. I have had my mind set on this accomplishment for the past three years.
Any sort of contribution would be extremely appreciated.
Hey everyone I'm gonna be starting a program for environmental science, the full title of said major is environmental science, geography and management, how does that sound? And I have around four focus areas, management/policy, environmental systems, Geospatial Analysis and Energy, Mngmnt & Design
What do you guys think about the program and focuses?
Hello there, I am a prospective Uni Student (18, UK) planning on studying Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management in 2024 however I’m not so sure Uni is the best fit for me. I’ve tried searching for ecology/wildlife/environment apprenticeships near for - for context I live in Shropshire - but can’t find any. Is there any chance anyone knows how I might be able to find one?