Econ171_PB4example - Policy Brief#4 Dear Congressman Climate change is an ever-present multidimensional global problem that cannot be denied or

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Policy Brief #4 Dear Congressman, Climate change is an ever-present, multidimensional global problem that cannot be denied or ignored. The consequences vary depending on which part of the world you look at. The greenhouse effect has been caused mainly by industrialized countries. The environmental effects of climate change spill over into economic problems. Noting that the poorest will be hit hardest by climate change, there needs to be policy implications in addition to the “Polluter Pays Principle” in order to manage and prevent the effects of climate change on the poor. The poorest will face the largest problems of climate change because they rely on agriculture. Climate change will cause droughts, flooding and wildfires. These environmental changes will cause crop failure and limit the biodiversity. The poor are dependent on agriculture which is dependent on natural resources and can only afford to live in the areas most vulnerable to severe climate changes. Safe water is already a critical problem in many developing countries
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This note was uploaded on 08/01/2008 for the course ECON 171 taught by Professor De janvry during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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