What makes a healthy environment?
- This graph shows per capita carbon dioxide emissions. It shows a 66% increase in pollution per capita between 1960 and 2014. Total emissions are also higher due to population growth. From 1960 to 2014, there was a period of strong economic growth and although new technologies developed, they failed to stop the rise. The last few years, from 2011 to 2014, have shown stabilization – this is only a short period of time, but could be due to improved global efforts to reduce pollution. (It was also a period of low economic growth in Western economies)
- It’s inherently unfortunate. Air/land/water pollution causes health problems and can harm terrestrial and marine productivity.
- Global warming and unstable weather. Global warming leads to rising sea levels and unstable weather patterns and can cause significant economic costs
- soil erosion. Deforestation as a result of economic development damages soils and makes regions more vulnerable to drought.
- Biodiversity loss. Economic growth leads to resource depletion and biodiversity loss. This could harm the “eco-carrying capacity” of the economy in the future. Although there is uncertainty about the extent of this cost, the usefulness of missing genetic maps may never be known.
- Long-lasting toxins. Economic growth creates long-term waste and toxins, which can have unknown consequences. For example, economic growth has led to an increase in the use of plastics that do not decompose when discarded. So there is an ever-increasing supply of plastic in our seas and the environment – both ugly and harmful to wildlife.
How Polls Ask Questions About Climate Change
A new Pew Research Center survey takes a different approach to measuring people’s beliefs about the causes of global climate change Thus, it cannot be directly compared to the center’s previous research. The new questions allow respondents to assess the extent to which human activity and natural patterns in Earth’s climate cycles contribute to climate change. Previous research has looked at beliefs about the cause of climate change in three broad categories: those who say climate change is primarily caused by human activity, those who say it is mainly due to natural patterns in the Earth’s atmosphere, and those who say there is no conclusive evidence for The occurrence of climate change .. a change that reflects a prominent place in the public discourse for more than ten years.
Of the two in ten who believe human activity has little or no role in climate change, most say natural patterns contribute to climate change to a greater or lesser extent. Only 4% of Americans say that neither human activity nor natural patterns contribute to global climate change, at least to some extent. (texajp_7)