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climate change - SBS 200 October 9, 2007 Introduction...

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SBS 200 October 9, 2007 Introduction Today, there is a great focus on environmental issues. A century ago, many people were unaware that the environment held any importance in our lives. As the industry thrived, pollution became an extreme issue. Factories, automobiles, and many other products used in our lifestyles are creating a surplus of greenhouse gases that are slowly causing climate change. There are a number of ideas about the cause of climate change and how to solve the problem. The nation has tried to enforce action to reduce global warming with the Kyoto Protocol. However, most companies lack the enthusiasm to step into action when it comes to saving energy. Companies must realize that they will benefit from change themselves, not just the environment. Such protocols stress the importance of reducing energy use on companies and large groups. However, they do not address individuals. Large companies are not the only ones affected by global warming. Global warming may severely affect the population’s health in the future. There are many preventative acts that can be taken on by individuals. Creating a new policy would require raising the awareness of this problem throughout the nation. The biggest problem may be putting new policy into action. Unfortunately, global warming is an issue that many people do not feel is a priority. Because the effects will not be seen until the future, many do not believe that such harm will be done to the environment and world we live in. For a policy against climate change and global warming to be effective, a nationwide movement must be put into action.
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McElaney 2 Journal Article #1 Boiral, Olivia. (2006) Global Warming: Should Companies Adopt a Proactive Strategy? Long Range Planning. Volume 39, Issue 3. pp. 315-330. This article addresses global warming and the requirements enforced by the Kyoto protocol, and how company managers can adopt strategies to deal with these problems. 80 percent of managers of the top 500 companies in the world agreed that global warming would indeed affect their companies. However, fewer than half of these companies implemented new strategies to face this challenge. This may be because of the widely-shared perception that environmental action involves costs that impact productivity. This article discusses the importance of being proactive versus the wait-and- see approach. The Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997, and came into effect in 2005. There are 55 countries that together produce 55 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHC). The Kyoto Protocol is an international movement to control GHC. Under the terms of the Protocol, countries must reduce their GHC emissions by an average of 5.2 percent by 2008-2012 from their 1990 level. China and India do not have the same terms, because they are developing countries. Because of this, there is criticism and opposition to the Protocol. This is likely a reason that company managers are slow to react to the terms. Companies can benefit from voluntary GHC reductions in many ways. These
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