Congratulations! The United Nations has hired you as a consultant on global issues.

Assignment 3a: Threats to the Global Environment

Due Week 9 and worth 150 points

Congratulations! The United Nations has hired you as a consultant on global issues.

Many of the UN members are not satisfied with the progress of the Millennium Development Goals. They believe that the goals focus on the wrong issues. There is a disconnect between the types of issues the developed countries in the UN believe are priorities versus the issues that developing countries of the UN want to prioritize. For example, the country of Burundi has requested that one of the goals be focused on food security. However, Austria is adamant that the major current global issue is to mediate ceasefires within countries experiencing a civil war.

You have been asked to provide an unbiased perspective and identify the four issues that have the biggest impact on the global environment.

Of the eight major threats listed below, choose the four that you consider the most critical.
Energy sources

Civil war


Poor health of entire populations

Lack of educational opportunities

Cultural taboos

Inappropriate uses of technology

Climate change

You will present your findings at the next UN General Assembly. Your goal is to provide a brief history of each issue, the number of countries affected, and the effects of this threat on the world population.

The completed version of this assignment will include the following:
1.A PowerPoint presentation containing relevant information for the UN General Assembly on four of the eight threats listed above. a.The order of your slides should reflect the order of priority you assign to the four threats you have chosen.

2.Create a minimum of four slides per threat (for a minimum 16 slides total) on the following topics: a.A brief history of the threat
b.The number of countries affected, and how they are affected (giving examples)
c.The effects of this threat on the world population as a whole
d.Include a chart or graph (see #4 below).

3.Each of the four slides will include: a.A paragraph in the notes section to explain how the details you have provided in the slide is pertinent to the UN’s discussion on selecting and prioritizing goals.

4.For each of the four threats, include one visual (graph or chart) to represent the data you have collected. The visual should be incorporated into the information/topics presented in the slides.
5.Cite at least five credible sources excluding Wikipedia, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

For information on how to complete the required assignment deliverables in PowerPoint, please refer to your account or reach out to your instructor ahead of time.

This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different compared to other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.

(Note: You’ll be prompted to enter your Blackboard login credentials to view these standards.)

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
•Examine the factors that account for why the growth in the world’s population can negatively affect the global society.

Resources for Assignments

Web Pages, Articles, and Government Sources

  1. Kim Bryceson. November 2016. Technology and Food Security—Mixing and Matching Needs. Food Security Discussion Series from The University of Queensland. Text available for download at bottom of this page:
  2. J. Busby. July/August 2018. Warming world: Why climate change matters more than anything else. Foreign Affairs magazine. pp 49–55. Available at Strayer Library via
  3. R. N. Cooper. January/February 2013. One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?. Foreign Affairs magazine. page 18. Available at Strayer Library via
  4. No Author attributed. Does Population Growth Impact Climate Change?.
  5. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United States. 2018. Food Security and Nutrition Around the World.
  6. C. Ganesh. 2018. Climate Change, Public Health and Policy: A California Case Study. American Journal of Public Health, vol 108. pS114. Available from Strayer Library at
  7. Douglas Gollin. March/April 2016. Hunger Games: A History of Famine. Foreign Affairs magazine. Available at Strayer Library via
  8. A. Holland. 2018. MUMBAI: A Case Study of the Challenges, and Potential Solutions, of Providing Housing and Basic Services in a Megacity of the Developing World. Geodate journal, 31(3). pp 3–10. Available at Strayer Library via
  9. Vanessa Meadu. June 2012. Agriculture for Food Security or Something More?.
  10. P. A. Murtaugh. 2009. Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals. Global Environmental Change journal, issue 19, pp 14-20 available at Strayer Library via
  11. Sean Palfrey. 2017. Curbing Population Growth and Climate Change. HUFFPOST.
  12. Mark Rosegrant. February 2014. What is the Role of Agricultural Technologies for Global Food Security?.
  13. Vincent Smith. December 2013. U.S. Food Aid’s Costly Problem: Why It’s Time to Eliminate Cargo Preference. Foreign Affairs magazine available at Strayer Library via
  14. The World Bank. October 2016. Commission on Global Poverty.
  15. R. Thurow. November/December 2010. The Fertile Continent. Foreign Affairs magazine. pp. 102–110 available at Strayer Library via
  16. Wayan Vota. April 2017. How Technology Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security.
  17. John Waterbury. January/February 2013. Review of Oil for Food: The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East. Foreign Affairs magazine available at Strayer Library via

eBooks & eBook Chapters

  1. B. E. Johansen. 2015. Eco-Hustle! Global Warming, Greenwashing and Sustainability.


  1. C. L. Lyons. October 13, 2018. Climate Change.
  2. J. Weeks. January 16, 2015. Global Population Growth.