Academic journal article Human Ecology

Climate Change Named No. 1 World Crisis by Cornell Faculty

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Climate Change Named No. 1 World Crisis by Cornell Faculty

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A new study surveying Cornell's academic staff on the world's leading crises found that the No. 1 problem is climate change--a phenomenon not easily reversed. But there's another important problem that's much easier to impact: insufficient education in science and critical thinking.

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Visiting fellow Derek Cabrera, PhD '07, a former postdoctoral researcher in the policy analysis and management department, was the lead author on the study, which was published online in Frontiers e-View and will be published in the journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

According to the study, almost 300 Cornell faculty members identified the three most important world problems as climate change, corporations having too much influence in governing, and a lack of long-term perspective in political, environmental, and social actions.

The most solvable critical problems? After insufficient education in science, critical thinking, and environmental issues, the Cornell faculty rated the epidemic of preventable illnesses in the. Third World and inequitable access to health care as most solvable.

"These results should provide useful practical information for setting interdisciplinary research and policy agendas to address these global crises," said Cabrera, who is CEO of the Ithaca-based company Think Works. …

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