Grace Lange on October 12th, 2009

In June of 2009 the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Actwith a 219 to 212 vote (Leggett, Climate Change: Current Issues and Policy Tools). This act is centralized around a cap and trade system and calls for a 17% reduction of CO2 at 2005 levels by 2020 and an 83% reduction by […]

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Grace Lange on October 5th, 2009

Global warming has already begun to impact our sea levels, and is projected to have an impact in the future. According to the fourth assessment report of the IPCC, the sea-level is predicted to rise between .5 and 1.2m by 2100. Further evidence has predicted an accelerated increase in sea levels due to feedback loops […]

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Grace Lange on September 27th, 2009

There is no debate among scientists as to whether global warming is happening nor if humans have contributed to this. Global warming is happening. Humans are a significant cause in recent global changes. The IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Fourth Assessment Report offers significant evidence of human induced climate change: CO2 levels have increased […]

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China and India have aligned on similar interests to take on Russia and the EU in a game of policy Tug O’ War. China and India are pulling for a per $GDP CO2 emissions reduction policy while Russia and the EU are pulling for an absolute quantity cap in CO2 emissions. But why this opposition? What […]

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Grace Lange on September 14th, 2009

In the past, we’ve seen a correlation between more economic development, more energy use, and more emissions of green house gasses. “The challenge of addressing climate change is to break the link between economic development and greenhouse gas emissions” (Uniting on Climate Change, UNFCCC 2007). The key here to curbing the impacts of climate change […]

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