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03/27/2017

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Brianna Rakouska

In the face of our current political climate, this piece is especially upsetting because it illustrates that effects of environmental choices made by a nation are not contained within that nation's borders. It details that climate change will affect all regions with negative effects for ecosystem and economy. It is easy to forget that a small change in the climate can have such drastic effects because we are so used to large fluctuations in weather temperatures but this piece does a great job of detailing likely changes due to different increases in temperature. Unfortunately, because such small fluctuations can have such drastic effects it is easy to move past a threshold without realizing it. It is a possibility that we may have already begun a runaway positive feedback loop of climate change. This piece talks about the melting of permafrost, which releases methane, which is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, which will contribute to the continued warming of the atmosphere.

ailyn kelly

I had never contemplated the effect of climate change on global development or poverty, and after reading Turn Down the Heat I'm astounded by the effect that a change in global temperature has on the global community. What caught my attention was the sentence, "Inside and outside of conference halls, global leaders will need to take difficult decisions that will require, in some instances, short term sacrifices but ultimately lead to long term gains." This quote to me sums up the issues surrounding global politics. Most politicians know that immediate action needs to be taking when dealing with the current environmental crisis, these issues are definitively outlines in the Case for Immediate Action and throughout the Executive Summary. However, many politicians cease to act because of fear over the short term impacted, meaning the possibility of loosing re-election. My issue with governments approach to global climate and environmental change, is that they seem to be concerned with the present consequences rather than future gains.

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