3.21.11 Climate Change_class notes

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Sociological Analysis of Social Problems March 21, 2011 Climate Change
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Why it matters Rising sea water and increasingly dangerous storms will harm cities and drinking water systems Heat waves, storms and contaminated water will result in increase mortality and morbidity Changing climate will alter natural habitats, biodiversity
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Barriers to implementing climate change policy 1) Resistance to the very idea that climate change is real and manmade. 2) Current climate change reform policy suggestions require alterations to our way-of-life 3) Climate change requires “future- orientation”
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Milestones in climate change policy Threat of global warming announced in 1979 conference Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) formed in 1987; in 1990, this report calls for immediate action Kyoto treaty in 1997 IPCC report in 2007 Copenhagen climate change conference 2009
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American Response to Global Warming Kyoto protocol – international treaty was negotiated in 1997: objective of reducing greenhouse gases in an effort to prevent climate change. Kyoto is a “cap and trade” system that imposes national caps on the emissions of Annex I countries
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US adherence to Kyoto US signed the Kyoto protocol, but never ratified it. In 1997, US Senate unanimously passed the Byrd-Hagel Resolution, which stated that the US should not sign any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrial nations or
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:103 taught by Professor Kempner during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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