Globalization And the Physical Environment (The New Global by Ho-Won Jeong

By Ho-Won Jeong

Realize the connections among globalization and environmental change--specifically the ozone layer, acid rain, pollutants, ecosystems, and sustainable development.

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15 Continuing growth in total carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for the largest shares of greenhouse gases, has been observed in most regions except Europe. The biggest release of man-made greenhouse gases comes from the United States, followed by China, whose emission level is rapidly increasing. Advanced European countries have been making efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing stricter regulations in the energy sector. 16 OZONE LAYER DEPLETION All life on earth would cease to exist without the ozone layer, a region of the atmosphere about 10 to 25 miles (15 and 50 kilometers) above the earth’s surface.

Chapter 9, Global Institutions and Civil Society, stresses that the implementation of environmental policies requires the participation of diverse actors ranging from nongovernmental organizations and national governments to international organizations. Chapter 10 outlines some of the choices for future generations. Throughout, the book illustrates various characteristics of ecological degradation, its effects on human civilization, and efforts made to control a negative impact of economic activities on nature.

The environmentally friendly redesign of products along with less packaging can help corporations save money while conserving resources. The demand of corporate accountability can be backed up by consumer campaigns, boycotts, and shareholder advocacy. The reuse and recycling of consumer products, such as televisions, refrigerators, ranges, and computers, will significantly reduce the costs of waste management. Some of the above measures have been tried before here and there, yet it is a matter of resolve by a critical mass on the global scale.

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