Policy Response 4

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Please answer the following questions using the assigned readings for Weeks 7, 8, and 9 listed in the course syllabus. Be sure to cite course reading. The minimum word count for the response is 1500 words and must not exceed 2000 words (approximately 6-8 pages - excluding cover page and references section). Provide a cover page with your name, course information, and a title, and include a references section on a separate page. The document must be double spaced with 12 point font, one inch margins, and use proper grammar/spelling.  Also, please label each question being answered (e.g., Q-1A). Please do not copy questions. Copied questions will not count towards the word count, but will count towards exceeding the maximum length. 

Please include at least three sources from the assigned readings among your references and make sure you incorporate these into your answers through the use of citations and concrete examples. Also, please include at least two additional sources of information from outside the course, and make sure that a least one of these is a peer reviewed journal article. 

You are encouraged to use additional sources of information among your references and incorporate these into your answers. These can be from the assigned course materials or from outside sources. 

Q- 1A. According to Oreskes (2004), what is the scientific consensus on climate change? Do you agree with the method employed by the author to come to the conclusion? Elaborate on the role of mass media in climate science debate.

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Q- 1B. Based on Week 7 readings, how can social and technological innovation combat climate change? Make sure you highlight and elaborate on political will (especially in the US), and short-term economic costs to these changes. 

Can be use outside sources 

Q- 2A. "Under conditions found in much of the developing world, vulnerability to extreme events is actually growing because reasonably successful traditional adjustments are no longer implemented and societal-organized adjustments are not yet available" (Kates, 2000). How do developing countries compare to developed nations in regards to their ability to adapt to climate extremes (e.g., socially, economically, politically, goegraphically)?

Kates, R. W. (2000). Climatic Change 45: 5- 17.  "Cautionary Tales: Adaptation and the Global Poor." 

Q- 2B. When it comes to climate change, should we worry about energy security, or human life? If the vulnerable groups became the forefront of the debate, do you think it would increase the urgency to act? 

Please read all questions carefully and answer all of them completely. Be sure to provide an adequate explanation and supporting arguments for all of your answers. Don't forget to back up your arguments with concrete examples from the assigned readings or other sources you may have consulted, and please remember to provide adequate citations for any references used. Your answers must demonstrate that you have read and understood the assigned readings.

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