Environmental Science and International Politics: Acid Rain in Europe, 1979-1989, and Climate Change in Copenhagen 2009

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2
The Game

MAJOR ISSUES FOR DEBATE
There are a number of issues that will arise during the game. The evolution of issues is a result of the ten-year span of the three international conferences that constitute the game.
Geneva Conference
The major issues for this conference are philosophical.
What are the responsibilities of nations for the air pollution they export to other countries?
Can any nation prove it has been harmed by pollution from another?
If damage has occurred, what are the most efficient ways to solve the problem?
In general, what is the relationship of humanity to the environment in which we live?

Helsinki Conference
By the time of this conference, significant research has been done in many nations to determine the specific problems that need to be solved.
What measures must be taken to reduce damage by acid precipitation?
What are the responsibilities of polluters to those they pollute?
What are the responsibilities of wealthy nations toward poor nations?

Sophia Conference
The details of this meeting will depend on the outcome of the two previous meetings. However, it is expected that attention will move from control of SO2 to NOx pollution and smog. This will require a debate on leaded gasoline and lead pollution as well.
Should catalytic converters be required on some or all new cars?
Are there alternatives to catalytic converters that will reduce smog?
Should leaded gasoline be phased out in Europe?

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Note to Instructors viii
  • How to Play These Games 1
  • Contents 8
  • Figures and Tables 11
  • 1 - Historical Background 14
  • 2 - The Game 35
  • 3 - Roles and Factions 41
  • 4 - Core Texts and Supplemental Readings 44
  • Bibliography 106
  • Acknowledgments 109
  • Appendix 1- Introduction to Environmental Philosophy 110
  • Appendix 2- Introduction to Environmental Economics 116
  • Appendix 3- Using Numbers to Make Arguments 119
  • Appendix 4- Study Questions for Reading Assignments 121
  • Contents 124
  • Figures and Tables 127
  • 1 - Historical Background 129
  • 2 - The Game 153
  • 3 - Roles and Factions 159
  • 4 - Core Texts and Supplemental Readings 162
  • Acknowledgments 164
  • Appendix 1- Green House Gases 165
  • Appendix 2- Chemicals in Fossil Fuels 168
  • Appendix 3- Quantitative Look at Combustion Reactions 172
  • Appendix 4- Leaked Draft Document by Danish Delegates 180
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