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Unformatted text preview: of climate change, it is part of the larger issue of environmental degradation. Human consumption,
waste, and pollution are damaging the biosphere (land, water, atmosphere, biodiversity) beyond its ability to sustain
life as we know it. But, because climate change is now center stage, and because many individuals, organizations,
institutions, and governments are mobilizing to address the issue head on, the bulk of this article will deal with green
jobs from that perspective. The term sustainability, defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as, “meeting the needs of the
present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” 6 and the term green, are referred to interchangeably in
this article. While the debate over global warming and the role of human activity within it continues, a growing body of scientific data indicates
that manmade or not, the climate is in fact changing at an unnatural pace, which suggests dire, long-term consequences for humanity. In a January
2007 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that most of the global average warming over the past 50 years is very
likely due to...
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