Module 5 Discussion - Electricity use travel o Methane(15...

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Module 5 Discussion 21:04 Earth System – big natural systems that affect the entire planet (ex – carbon  cycle, water cycle, nitrogen cycle, etc.)  Climate Change – global temperature increases, changes in distribution of rainfall Greenhouse Gas  Greenhouse Effect – greenhouse gasses are trapping the sun’s rays in the  atmosphere rather than allowing them to reflect back into space Carbon Pricing Adaptation vs. Mitigation What are the causes of, consequences of, and potential solutions to global  climate change? Causes o Carbon dioxide (70%) Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil)
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Unformatted text preview: Electricity use travel o Methane (15%) Landfills, manure, burning organic materials o Deforestation • Consequences o Desertification o Ecosystem collapse o Floods o Rising sea levels o Migration o Fresh water scarcity • Potential Solutions o Mitigation – changing energy sources o Adaptation – adapt to changing planet o Population control o Cap and trade policies (carbon credits) o Carbon tax o Gas tax o Nuclear Power o Solar Power o Easier recycling • What role do individuals play in the problem and the solution? • 21:04 • 21:04 •...
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2011 for the course CICS 101 taught by Professor Farnsworth during the Fall '10 term at University of Michigan.

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