How would you describe the health of the oceans? Poor? Worsening? Not that bad? 73%? If that last one is confusing, read on….
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How clean is your coastline? Rather than rely on vague descriptions, the Ocean Health Index uses a clear-cut system based on a measurement relating to the amount or number of something rather than its quality.
Qualitative descriptions — that is, descriptions that rely on non-numerical characteristics, like color, degree, good vs bad, more vs less — are useful for some things, but they aren’t always enough. Because numbers are concrete and easily measured, quantitative measures are often better for making direct comparisons. The Ocean Health Index allows countries to compare their quantitative scores to those of other countries, making it easy to see which countries need improvement in how they treat their coastlines.
Can you think of another example of a quantitative measure? When would a qualitative measure be better than a quantitative one?
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Environmental impact can be hard to measure, but the new Ocean Health Index might make things a bit simpler.
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How clean are the coasts in YOUR country?
There’s a new way for countries to measure how they treat the ocean — not just as “good” or “bad,” but expressible as a value.
The Ocean Health Index’s quantitative measure will give countries a numerical score of how they treat the ocean. It is hoped that quantitative, comparable scores will encourage — or shame — low-scoring countries into cleaning up their oceanic act.
The quantitative-Ocean Health Index Vocablet highlights the new way that countries can see how well they treat their coasts, and see how much they need to improve.
Do you think that having a quantitative measurement will inspire nations to treat the oceans better? How well do you think your country would score? (I live in the United States, and we would probably score pretty low, sadly.)
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Soon, cigarette packs in the United States will boast large warnings and graphic images, like a pair of cancer-ridden lungs. But will these methods get smokers to quit?
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The Food and Drug Administration in the United States is about to begin a new campaign to give an incentive or encouragement to smokers to quit.
Soon, cigarette packs in the U.S. will have warnings like these from the UK.
Starting in October, cigarette packages will be labeled with warnings about the dangers of smoking in an attempt to spur smokers to quit. Hopefully, these highly visible warnings will be more effective in spurring smokers to quit than other methods that are more easily ignored.
The spur-Cigarette Dangers Vocablet highlights a public health step that is overdue for the United States — placing strong warnings about cancer and other health risks on cigarette packages.
Do you think this kind of tactic will help spur smokers to quit? Or will smokers simply ignore these warnings?
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Many people already spend hours driving to and from work each day, but money problems and broken-down roads might make the problem worse.
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With more and more time spent in traffic, Americans are understandably wary of anything that might lengthen their regular journey to and from their place of work.
Unfortunately, many Americans might have to find a new route for their daily commute. Many cities are debating demolishing old freeways that would cost too much to repair, forcing workers to find other streets for their commute to work.
The commute-U.S. Freeways Vocablet highlights the financial problems of many U.S. cities, leaving them with no options but to destroy their main traffic thoroughfares.
How long is your commute? Do you use a freeway or smaller roads?
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