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

By David E. Henderson; Susan K. Henderson | Go to book overview

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OVERVIEW
This game will take you to Copenhagen where you will participate in the negotiations to formulate a global climate treaty. These negotiations have been going on for years but have failed to produce a treaty that the majority of polluters are willing to sign. There is great optimism that Copenhagen will be different. As a result, many heads of state have chosen to attend the final few days of the meeting, either to increase the chance of success or to ensure their national interests are properly represented.For most students in this game, your role is not that of a scientist but a politician. The educational training of your character may be similar to your current academic major. Your character may have studied economics, political science, history, or even art. There are a number of questions that all conference participants need to understand. Without a solid understanding of these, you may be misled by things you read or the arguments you hear.
1. How does the climate system work to keep a relatively constant climate on Earth?
2. What is the greenhouse effect, and how does it affect climate?
3. What are greenhouse gases, and what are the properties of molecules that make them greenhouse gases?
4. What chemicals and chemical reactions are used to power our society, and how do they lead to the production of greenhouse gases?
5. Which fuels produce the least greenhouse gases?
6. What strategies are available to reduce the use of fossil fuel?
7. What are the potential risks and benefits of a warmer climate?
8. What actions have nations already taken to deal with the climate change?
9. Which nations are most responsible for greenhouse gases?

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Table of contents

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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