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Financial Drains, Environmental Gains

If developed countries implement adaptation strategies now, how will we reduce the financial costs of climate change down the line?

Every single one of us share mother Earth, but those that are economically advantaged barely give back. Developed countries working under the Organization of Economic Cooperation (OECD) consist of 30 democratic governments all over the world ranging from Australia to United States; have been making long strides and efforts in attempts to adapt to climate change. From financial aid to material based aid, developed countries have made attempts to slow climate change and its effects, but more needs to be done. If more developed countries contribute then adaptation strategies can be implemented faster, which will inevitable slow the effects of climate change.

Now once more developed countries meet their obligations seeing as how they’re one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions, then the financial costs will be reduced. Not directly reduced, but we can see how drought in Ethiopia, flooding in Bangladesh, more frequent storms in Philippines, sea levels rising in Maldives, and food shortages in Malawi are all prime examples of the drastic effects of global warming. The amount of damage done and the financial drain on, most commonly, those undeveloped countries paves a path for developed countries to take charge not only to rebuild nations around the world that need assistance, but attack the root cause of the problem by adapting to climate change. If policies are enacted to adapt to climate change and are continuously successful, then we’ll see how those financial costs will radically reduce while environmental gains will become more and more apparent in society. Although we can’t sew up the hole in the ozone layer, we can at least patch things up to prevent further devastation. No action is too small or insignificant as long as it contributes to the overall picture of adapting to environmental problems. Not only will undeveloped countries get back on their feet with the help of developed countries because they’re not incessantly spending funds from environmental disaster damage. This allows even undeveloped countries to build up their economies, create global partnerships with other leaders around the world, and make global efforts in attempts to acknowledge our past mistakes towards our treatment of mother Earth and finally take a step in the right direction.

-Nicholas Chan


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To Warm or Not to Warm? That is the Question.

global-warming-bomb1It seems that a lot of the buzz about saving the earth from global warming has been replaced with questions of whether or not global warming is even real. On one hand you have scientists saying that the global temperatures have increased. We constantly hear about the ice caps melting, a decrease in air quality,  and the hole in the ozone layer. There is plenty of research and articles that back this up, yet there are still some that disagree. You see on the other hand, we also have scientist that believe global warming is nothing but speculation. They have their own studies that show no change in global temperature. In fact it just snowed for the second time in history in Ras Al Khaimah. The closest they’ve come to snow was a hail storm twenty years ago. Now if that’s true, how is it possible that temperature are increasing. Of course this issue is not just black and white, there are shades of grey. Some scientist says that the global temperature is rising, but it has nothing to do with CO2 emission, and is not caused by humans. They believe that the earth periodically warms and cools, and there is nothing we can do to affect that. Regardless of what the answer is the actions we take should still be the same. We need to reduce, reuse, and recycle, despite how cliché it sounds. Even if there is no such thing as global warming and our lifes are not at risk, the fact is that just about everything we do effects the environment. So no matter what we do, we should keep the environment in mind.
-Written by Christine Umeh

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The Tide is High…

hyturbineThe tides are rising and so is the demand for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. OTEC is a new alternative energy source that generates electricity from water as a heat engine. The temperature difference from our oceans actually creates efficient energy. Currently, the problem with OTEC is that it doesn’t generate a lot of energy, so it’s up to Congress to determine if the costs outweigh the benefits, but changes in heat exchange show promise. 70% of the Earth is currently covered with water and the sun is heating the waters to generated electricity. With a combination of solar energy and hydropower a new alternative energy source and actually dominate the wind energy markets. Recent attempts at implementing OTEC failed because of costs and low efficiency rates, but if thermal efficiency were to increase in magnitude, electrical sources might be changed altogether. In a cost-benefit analysis, the sum of money Congress has to put out may gut the economy, but the overall benefits from saving our natural resources will greatly outweigh.

-Nicholas Chan

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Shutting Down

On March 27, 2010, the Forbidden City of Beijing has agreed to shut off all the lights. 12 billion people have agreed to participate in this event to show their awareness to the current problems within our environment. Although the event only lasted an hour, it was enough to make a significant impact not only to the world but also the people. As Lao Tzu once said “ A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Now Beijing has taken the first step and it’s up to the U.S to follow. With China as our biggest competitor when it comes green-er technologies and/or efforts to reduce our carbon dioxide footprint. So it won’t be long until the United States joins China and the Forbidden city of Beijing to shut off all the lights for 1 hour. But sometimes we don’t need the government to make it official, we ourselves can start shutting our electricity off for an hour, half an hour or maybe even just 15minutes but we must first take the first step if we want others to follow.

~Phil Pham

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Green collar jobs

Now a days hundreds of Americans are trying hard to find jobs, but without success. The jobs that they eventually get are just one of the reasons why the earth is getting sick everyday. Why don’t we try to resolve this problem by finding a way to help clean up the earth from the dirty polluted air, and at the same time benefiting our selves? Guess what, there is way of doing just that, which is getting green collar jobs. The term green collar jobs refer as a job that not only do you get paid for but you also help the environment. The green collar job started from a woman named Alan Thein Durning, who wrote a book in June 1999, called “Green Collar Jobs”. This book influenced green jobs for the people, and the government paid $125 million dollars to train the people for those jobs. Right now in the U.S. we have the three green economy sectors that growing rapidly, and with that in mind we need more, well trained employees. There are green jobs that need lots of workers, for example, solar companies are growing so rapidly that they need more installers to meet their need. The wind power companies need workers to build the wind fans, and the green building contractors need workers for construction. These are opportunities that we as Americans need to take advantage of, because if we don’t we won’t just be hurting our financial life, but we will also be disturbing our world.

Eghosa Okundaye

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Preventing Cancer, One Step at a Time

Cancer is a villain in our society. It is the antihero that is the second most leading cause of death in the U.S (next to Heart Disease). Little do we know that we actually have power against these “evil forces”. It is humanly possible to prevent these “Deathly”, “incurable” diseases. We hold more capabilities in our hand than we actually believe.

The truth is, vegetables and fruits such as blueberries, grapes, tomatoes, garlics and onions, green tea, oats, and broccoli hold a role in repressing cancer. Scientists agree that this diet is one deciding factor (in addition to the outside environment, but more on that later) in restraining cancer and strengthening cells before cancer arrives in the body.

Likewise, because diet is substantially important and is the chain link between cancer and heart disease, it is also possible to interdict heart disease before it reaches our body as well by eating healthily and stopping obesity before it reaches us.

Furthermore, exposure to cancer may also prove to be hindered if you are in a greener, less polluted environment lacking in asbestos, contaminated water, and even radiation. If more people center their focus on bettering the environment, then the cancer output would be lower. It has also been proven that increased use of green products could thwart the threat of cancer.

If we take small steps such as eating more vegetables, recycling more, using more environmentally friendly products, and working in less harmful places, we can limit the abilities of cancer before it reaches us. So let us go toward a new future, a greener future, devoid of cancer.

-Flaviu Delczeg

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2010 TPS Global Debate – A Review

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