Class Notes 11-29

Class Notes 11-29 - November 29, 2011 Global Challenges:...

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November 29, 2011 Global Challenges: Environment I Today: The Politics of Climate Change Thursday: The Science of Climate Change What is the “Global Commons” Land, seas, and the atmosphere—anything considered to be responsibility of all citizens Issue of long-term concern Rachel Carson’s 1962 Silent Spring Garrett Hardin 1968 The Tragedy of the Commons Since 1970s, huge increase in environmental movements Key Issues Nuclear Energy Ozone Layer/clorofloruocarbons (CFCs) Pollution/loss of biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change The burning of fossil fuels and deforestation releases CO 2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere Higher density of CO 2 linked to increasing temperatures This is creating a series of changes in the biosphere Controversies Accusation that whole claim is fabricated Suggestion that claims are exaggerated/speculative (e.g. Lomborg 2001) East Anglia University scandal in 2009 Debate as to what should be done Efforts to model and predict outcomes: Health-access to clean water and spread of infectious diseases
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2012 for the course INT STUD 101 taught by Professor Stephenyoung during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.

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Class Notes 11-29 - November 29, 2011 Global Challenges:...

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