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Global environmental outlook 1. What are the reasons for the higher GDP recorded between 1987 and 2007? What characterizes this growth? Globalization Better communication o Telecommunications o Internet Lower transportation costs o Increased demand on resources Technology advancement Unevenly and unequally distributed 2. What is environmental change and what are its drivers? Climate change (greenhouse gas), loss of biodiversity (land cover change), health problems (changing vectors) DRIVERS Population growth Economic activities Consumption patterns 3. What are some of the consequences of environmental change? Human Health problems o Cancer o Vector-borne diseases o Emerging animal-to-human disease transfer o Nutritional deficits o Respiratory illnesses Economic Base o Half of the jobs world-wide depend on fisheries, forests, or agriculture Increased temp (approx. 0.74*C over past century) o Sea-level rise o Increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves, storms, floods, and
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course GEO 271 taught by Professor Maingi during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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