Vocablet of the Day: Quantitative

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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Vocablet of the Day: Quantitative

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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Vocablet of the Day: Ethic

As we celebrate Earth Day this week, let’s look at one of the ways the United States is attempting to inspire conservation efforts.

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In order to effect real environmental change, the United States is taking steps to create a new set of principles of right and wrong accepted by a group.

It is hoped that the new landmarks will ignite Americans’ love of their country’s natural wonders, creating an environmental ethic geared toward conservation.  Changing the public ethic about environmental issues is one way to deeply influence people’s behavior.

The ethic-America the Beautiful Vocablet highlights the efforts of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to influence the public’s mind about the environment and instill an appreciation for nature.

Do you think this new ethic will take hold?  Or do more drastic steps need to be taken?

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