We are using Reconstructing Value: Leadership skills for a sustainable work by Kurucz, Colbert, and Wheeler (2013) as the source for the topics. Look at the “Aspects to explore” section for a description of each topic and how you may want to address them. See below for the topics copied directly from pages 145-148 to see what research questions you can explore in your essays.
You are asked to write an individual essay based on your own individual research about one of the five topics below (if you have an alternative topic, please consult the course instructor for approval):
Water wars: blue gold, or common good? Private firms seek permits for bulk extraction and export of water resources, while critics warn of impending global water shortages and the need for international governance over water supplies. (p. 145)
Powering the future: electricity generation. Nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, biomass – all of the above? Electricity demand is projected to rise steeply over the coming decades. What is the right mix of energy to fuel the future? (p. 146)
Carbon Policy: cap it, trade it, tax it – or leave it alone? We are caught between the twin crises of diminishing energy stocks and a changing climate. What energy mix and policies will drive the future? (p. 146)
Transportation and design of sustainable cities. With urbanization increasing worldwide, the convergence of three issues is gaining importance: population growth, transportation, and urban design…explore these issues and how they interact (p. 147)
The food issue: feeding the future. Food production is facing mounting challenges in both developed and developing regions of the world: factory farming, monoculture soil depletion, the impact of biofuels, and the relationship between diet, oil, and climate change, to list a few (p. 148)
Develop a research question or argument, support your argument with research, and provide a conclusion.
In construction industry the fatal accidents rate is comparatively four to five times higher than the manufacturing sector. In India 165 per 1,000 workers get injured while working on construction sites. Further the report states that the workers are exposed to several hazardous substances having the potential to cause serious occupational health diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis, poisoning etc. According to International Labour Organisation (2005), the rate of accident among industrial workers is highest with 4 per 1000 and the major contributor for this is the construction industry. International Labour Organisation (2005) report also estimated the number of deaths in India due to accidents at work as 40,000 in 2001 and 2,62,000 dying from work related diseases. Thus if construction is held responsible for one sixth of the total, then the death of the Indian construction workers can be estimated up to 60,000 each year. According to Damodaran (2006) ‘safety in construction is in the bottom of list of priorities of builders, contractors and engineers. While the monetary loss heads the list, loss of man-hours and material progress are equally irreparable when scaffolding fails, a roof collapses or a fatal accident takes place at site of work, the human life is irreplaceable’. The construction companies in India have experienced that when a worker loses his life due to an accident on the site, there is a sudden downturn in the morale of the working force. It affects the spirit of working and the progress of work. It is only after some accidents takes place, the company begins to take safeguards. As labour is very cheap and unorganised, having little or no knowledge of their rights, the companies find it convenient as well as profitable using manpower rather than machineries. Though getting a job in the construction industry helps poor labours to get out of poverty, due to presence of high occupational health and safety risk it can drive them back into insolvency.>GET ANSWER