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Geoethics Case Study: The Keystone Pipeline--Energy, Jobs or Environment?
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
David Mogk and Andrew Thorson, Montana State University-Bozeman Summary The Keystone Pipeline is a complex project that raises important environmental, economic, and international policy issues. Tar sands from ...

Ethics in Publishing
Cindy Palinkas, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cindy Palinkas, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Summary This collection of case studies deals with ethics involved in publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Often, ...

Discovering the oil/plastics cycle
Lauren Sahl, Maine Maritime Academy
Lauren Sahl, Corning School of Ocean Studies, Maine Maritime Academy Summary Students examine a video clip showing dead albatross chicks with their guts full of plastics. They are asked to write down a list of all ...

Geoethics Forums: The Grey Side of Green
Shaun Taylor, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Shaun Taylor, University of Washington / Educurious Summary Geoethics Forums is a format for a classroom discussion and creative resolution of an ethical issue. Students research a particular dilemma, identify ...

Ethics and Paleontology: Dinosaur Wars
Jim Schmitt, Montana State University-Bozeman
Jim Schmitt, Montana State University-Bozeman Summary Dinosaur fossils capture the interest of students and the public, but their study, collection, and disposition often engender signficant highly-publicized ...

Does A River Have Rights?
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Summary Individual students have different ethical "lines." This class discussion proceeds with a series of prompts that presents a set of scenarios ...

Do the Right Thing
David Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman Summary Earth Scientists often work independently in laboratory or field situations, and may be confronted with ethical challenges at times when their is no external ...

Geoethics Case Study: Pebble Mine, Alaska
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
David Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman Summary The proposed Pebble Mine, Alaska, is one of the world's biggest proven Cu-Au-Mo deposits. However, it is located at the headwaters of rivers that flow into ...

Ethical Dilemmas of Backcountry Skiing and Guiding
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Dave Mogk, Emma Vigers and Matt Wood, Montana State University-Bozeman Summary This case study explores decision-making in high risk settings such as back-country skiing. The scenarios presented have application ...

Should iron fertilization be used to mitigate global warming?
Elizabeth Gordon, Fitchburg State University
Elizabeth Gordon, Fitchburg State University Summary STILL IN DEVELOPMENT Students engaged in this activity examine the scientific and ethical dimensions of iron fertilization as a geoengineering strategy to ...