Climate Change (term Paper)


This paper looks at the controversial issue of climatic change. In particular, it develops the question of if and why earth’s climate is changing? The roles of man, naturally occurring trends, and earth’s cycles are considered, and an outlook for what can be expected in the near and distant future is given.
‘The uneasiness of modern man arises from a rupture between himself and nature that leaves him homeless within the universe...’
William Barrett
Introduction

Over the past years most individuals have become acutely aware that the intensity of human and economic development enjoyed over the 20th century cannot be sustained. Material consumption and ever increasing populations are ...

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irresistible economy seems to be on a collision course with an immovable ecosphere.” Based on these facts alone, there is grave reason for concern.
Taken further, it is even more frightening to note that, while man has affected the environment throughout his stay on earth, the impact has been most intense in the relatively short industrial era. Since the industrial revolution, and over the past century in particular, man’s ecological footprint on the earth has quickly grown from that of a child to one of a giant. True, this period is heralded as an economic success story, which it certainly has been. However, many argue that it seems increasingly likely that the path to man’s success will soon slope downward to his demise. The climate is changing, and so must we.
This paper will look at the coin of climate change, where on the one side the human impact on the earth will be shown, and on the other, the impact of earth on man. Such a study is inevitably somewhat ...

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far greater than the available supply of it. This prediction was rooted in the thought that population, when unchecked, increased geometrically; i.e., 2,4,8,16,32... while food products, or as he called it ‘subsistence’, only grew at an arithmetic rate; i.e, 1,2,3,4,5,...... He provided only a basic economic reason for this however, and generally attributed famine, poverty and other catastrophic occurrences to divine intervention (he was a very religious man, a clergyman, in fact). He believed that such natural outcomes were essentially God’s way of preventing man from being lazy.
The point here is not to provide an evaluation of Malthus, and one might well argue that he was wrong ...

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Added: 4/25/2007 02:02:54 PM
Category: Science & Nature
Type: Free Paper
Words: 4217
Pages: 16

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