Environmental Case Analysis: the Risks of Global Climate Change

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Environmental Case Analysis: The Risks of Global Climate Change
Introduction
"The natural world seems to be deteriorating around us, and it seems to be our fault. We are uncertain about the extent of the deterioration, the means that would reverse it, and the prospects for human life in the future" (Newton, Dillingham, & Choly, 2006, p. x). The environment and its protection is an extremely serious issue. Many environmental issues exist including endangered species, waste pollution, over population, and water pollution. Another fascinating, threatening, and potentially disastrous environmental issue is global climate change. This issue, global climate change, was discussed in a case within the book Watersheds 4. Global climate change
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The interests people have are most important in future of humankind and protecting species in the ecosystem which make the world what is it. The pressures people face regarding global climate change are mainly economic pressures, but also ethical, and psychological. Many people cannot afford hybrid cars or solar electricity. The ethical pressure people are faced with is that they are contributing to the global climate change, and they could be doing more to prevent it. The psychological pressure people are faced with is many people are in denial that global climate change is happening; yet they also want their children 's children to grow up in a safe, healthy environment. Non-human living things. The second stakeholder in this case of global climate change is all non-human living things that encompass this planet. The effects of global climate change "may influence not only human activities but also ecosystems. Some species may be forced out of their habitats, possibly to extinction, because of changing conditions, while others may flourish" (Wikipedia, 2006, ¶26). For example, due to the diminishing ice in the Antarctic, krill (the food which penguins, whales, and seals eat) is becoming lessened because it lives on the bottom of the ice. Similarly, changes in timing of life patterns, such as annual migration dates, may alter regional predator-prey balance.

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