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MSc/PhD student positions in soil carbon-greenhouse gas emissions We are looking for outstanding students to fill 2-3 MSc/PhD positions for the following projects. Project 1: Carbon cycling in agroforestry systems. We aim to understand the controls on carbon storage/sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in agroforestry systems across different climatic regions in Alberta. Project 2: Manure and compost management and effects on greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and crop productivity. Extensive field work will be involved. The projects offer considerable flexibility in designing research programs that investigate areas of personal interest (to the student) within the overall framework of the projects. The projects are in collaboration with Drs. Edward Bork, Cam Carlyle and Xiying Hao within the University of Alberta and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Lethbridge), a group of people with very strong research programs that the students will be interacting with. Students with educational background/training/experience in biogeochemistry, ecology, soil science, global change biology, forestry or other related areas are encouraged to apply. Selection of students will be based on academic achievements, reference letters and if applicable previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and analytical skills are essential. Having a valid driver’s license and a good driving record would be an asset. Salary ranges between CAN$24,000 and $25,000/year (from a combination of sources) plus graduate student benefits for a period of 2 (MSc) to 4 (PhD) years. It is preferable that successful candidates start their program in summer 2017 or start their laboratory and fieldwork in summer 2017 while applying to the graduate program at the U of A for the fall of 2017 or January 2018. Interested candidates should e-mail their transcripts (scanned/unofficial), curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests (2-page limit), recent TOEFL (minimum of 100 with each section >22 points), or IELTS scores (minimum of 7.0 with each section > 6.0) (those are minimum requirements of the project/lab. group), if appropriate, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Scott Chang, Professor, Forest Soils and Nutrient Dynamics, Department of Renewable Resources University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E3 Tel: (780) 492-6375; Fax: (780) 492-1767 Email: email@example.com Web: https://www.ualberta.ca/agriculture-life-environment-sciences/about-us/facultylecturer-directory/scott-chang
I saw some comments about climate change and equal rights websites being deleted from the White House webpage. These reports are correct, they have been deleted, but it was as part of the transition from Obama to Trump. They obviously have different policies, so what was Obama’s position could not stand on the White House page when he is no longer there. They have been archived and you can still see them on the National Archives website. Trump’s team have started their own “issues” page. That is where critiques can be lodged; removing Obama pages is surely acceptable given the different ideologies of the two men.
The first Trump White House issue is An America First Energy Plan. It refers to “…burdensome regulations on our energy industry.” We will tap shale oil and gas reserves, with the new technologies that have been shown to contaminate ecosystems with by-products and cause instability in the Earth’s surface (i.e. cause earthquakes). We will invest in clean coal energy, which is an oxymoron because coal is never a clean energy source. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested by the government and industry to develop ways to “clean coal” and there are no positive results. Carbon capture and injection has not been successful.
Most savings and reductions in carbon emissions in the last 40 years have been through energy efficiencies and alternative, non-fossil-fuel-based energy sources. Neither of those strategies garner mention in the America First Energy Plan. But if carbon is not an issue, because climate change doesn’t exist, then why reduce carbon emissions?
Maybe Trump needs to re-see pictures of the aftermath of Exxon Valdez. Or look at images from the Cuyahoga River in the 50’s. Or go walk around in Beijing for three days without a face mask. Federal regulations came into place because private corporations were historically unable to police themselves against spoiling the commons. When the commons are privatized, there is no incentive to conserve the resource. As Harding observed, the greatest good for the greatest number is a mathematical impossibility.
I haven’t looked at the other issues yet. Trump did not delete climate change from the White House website – that was part of the transition. But he has deleted it from discussion of our energy future. I am really worried about what else gets deleted as we move forward.