If a tree falls in the middle of a forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound? Well the international community is certainly not there to hear the falling of a tree from deforestation. Many transnational corporations, governments, and local consumers demand many resources from tropical forests, but no […]

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ramosj on October 12th, 2009

Mann and Kump hit the nail right on the head when they say “there is no easy way to meet the world’s rising energy demands in a climate-friendly manner” (Dire Predictions p 161), and they are right. Nothing worth having is easily attainable.

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munnd on October 12th, 2009

Indeed, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the energy, agricultural and transportation sectors will require investment of time and money on developing technologies. But while solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources have struggled to gain significant financial and federal support, corn-based ethanol has dominated the game. Consider this: of all 2007 federal subsidies allotted for […]

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hoffmand on October 4th, 2009

In Dire Predictions, Mann and Kump describe the effects of climate change on human systems. Impacts include: decreasing availability of freshwater, degradation of ecosystems, social unrest resulting in conflicts and war, increased transmission of disease, sea level rise- the list goes on and on. Essentially, climate change will impact every sector of human life.  The […]

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Of many sources of suspected contention in the upcoming COP15 conference in Copenhagen, the issue of “common but differentiated responsibilities” is a major obstacle. As Whalley and Walsh indicate in their study “Bringing the Copenhagen Global Climate Change Negotiations to Conclusion,” this issue impacts participant economies of all sizes and strengths, particularly India, China, and […]

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