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ERIC Number: EJ938792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0882-7249
The 800 Pound Gorilla: The Threat and Taming of Global Climate Change
Hansen, Jim
Facilities Manager, v24 n2 p22-24, 26, 28 Mar-Apr 2008
This article provides two case studies that examine the current and future consequences of continued global warming at the current business-as-usual pace and at a decreased (new alternative forms of energy) level. Cause and effect relationships, such as the varying levels of CO[subscript 2] (carbon dioxide) emissions and the effect it has on melting ice, higher sea levels, and the extinction of species, are explored. Potential policy solutions such as a carbon tax and renewable energies are addressed as well as the critical role that colleges and universities can play by committing to achieve climate neutrality. By demonstrating that their campuses can operate effectively while curtailing greenhouse gas emissions, institutions of higher learning can show what is possible and point the way for others. The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a particularly hopeful development. By committing to achieve climate neutrality at the earliest possible date, signatories to the pledge are recognizing the urgency of the problem, not waiting for government to take actions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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