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Week 1 Journal. A.The Current Major Environmental Issues.

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a. The current major environmental issues.
Global warming or climate change is at the top of the agenda as far as major environmental issues go. All our current environmental issues end up becoming a global problem. Take any one, two, or even three issues; water levels rising, carbon emissions, temperature increases and you have global warming. These issues and more combined starts a cascade effect like gradual heating of earth, ocean levels start to rise due to melting of polar ice caps in short, a greenhouse effect.
Scientists have documented the rise in average temperatures worldwide since the late 1800s. Earth 's average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius) over the past century, per
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(Scientists say we must stay below a two-degree increase to avoid catastrophic climate impacts.) To help make the deal happen, the Obama administration pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, an international organization dedicated to helping poor countries adopt cleaner energy technologies. Under the terms of the Paris agreement, participating nations will meet every five years, starting in 2020, to revise their plans for cutting CO2 emissions. Beginning in 2023, they will also have to publicly report their progress (© Natural Resources Defense Council 2017).

c. What policy would you like to see enacted to address a major environmental issue?
Congress needs to introduce legislation that increasing environmental study of air compliance, emission control of big industry that are currently using fossil fuels, force automakers to aggressively seek out more alternative sources of renewable energy, and a nationwide study of the US global carbon footprint needs to be reevaluated. The Environmental Protection Agency along with the current administration needs to invest deeper into renewable and sustainable energy projects.

d. What, if anything, has changed or is changing, and how does it affect you
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