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BA 242 – Business Ethics Chapter Five: Ethics and the Environment
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Introduction There are currently serious disagreements about the extent of the environmental damage that industrial technology has produced.
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Introduction That there is significant damage is not something that is argued. The scope of that damage is something that is rather politicized at the moment. We’ll be looking at some technical aspects of environmental use, how it is a question in the business world of today, and some ethical reasoning regarding environmentalism.
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Basic Terminology Pollution: the undesirable and unintended contamination of the environment by the manufacture or use of commodities. Resource Depletion: The consumption of finite or scarce resources Conservation: The saving or rationing of natural resources for later uses.
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Dimensions: Air Pollution Since the time of the Industrial Revolution. Affects vegetation, decreased agricultural yields, inflicts losses on timber, deteriorates exposed construction materials, raises medical costs, and lessens quality of life.
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Dimensions: Global Warming Probably the most hot-button political environmental issue of our age. Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work regarding human intervention in global climate change.
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Dimensions: Global Warming The increase in temperatures around the globe due to rising levels of greenhouse gasses. CO 2 , NO 2 , CH 4 , CFC’s are gasses that absorb and hold heat from the sun, preventing it from escaping back into space, much like a greenhouse absorbs and holds the sun’s heat. Tough to solve: IPCC calculates that halting the increase in levels of greenhouse gasses would require reducing current emissions by 60-70%. This would, of course, require significant lifestyle change and have a significant negative impact on economic development.
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The gradual breakdown of the ozone gas in the stratosphere above us causes by the release of CFC’s into the atmosphere. This layer of ozone protects us from ultraviolet light, which can cause cancer. Higher levels of UV light can also damage crops and ocean plankton. Significant progress has
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