An Analysis of Policy and Business Solutions to Global Climate Change

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As scientific research contends, discrepancies in the earth’s climate will have a significant impact on the environment and humans. Human habitation and economic patterns will all have to shift as entire ecosystems are altered because of these climate trends. As scientists continue to present the case that climate change is a serious problem that must be addressed through societal efforts, members of the public and private sector are beginning to recognize their obligation to take action. Yet, in order to make sound managerial decisions regarding climate change it is important to understand the nature of the problem. This report will consider the causes of climate change and evaluate the political response to climate change on an …show more content…
As scientific research contends, discrepancies in the earth’s climate will have a significant impact on the environment and humans. Human habitation and economic patterns will all have to shift as entire ecosystems are altered because of these climate trends. As scientists continue to present the case that climate change is a serious problem that must be addressed through societal efforts, members of the public and private sector are beginning to recognize their obligation to take action. Yet, in order to make sound managerial decisions regarding climate change it is important to understand the nature of the problem. This report will consider the causes of climate change and evaluate the political response to climate change on an international and federal level. Further, it will assess the economic considerations that managers must make when adopting standards to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Scope of the Problem The term climate change refers to shifts in the atmospheric temperature over a period of time. While weather refers to frequent temperature changes, climate refers to temperatures trends over longer periods of time. As the IPCC, an international panel that monitors climate change, notes, the global mean temperature today is higher than it has been at any point over the 500 to 1000 years (Lutgens & Tarbuck, 2013). According to a presentation by Dr. Keven E. Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the observations from an international panel

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