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Environmental Science Reflection

What has been the most interesting aspect of environmental science? Has your new understanding of environmental sustainability changed the way you view the environment? Have you adapted any behavioral changes as a result of taking this course? Any other aspect of environmental science that you would like to share that you thought was interesting?

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Climate Change
Knowledge of environmental sustainability changes the way you look at climate change and the environment. Businesses are looking at their own core business, distribution channels, supply chains and more with the idea that in a changing climate, resources become scarcer and the pollution affects our quality of life which in turn affects the bottom line.

Understanding the "triple bottom line" of people, planet and profit makes us look at different ways to be consumers as well. The three are interwoven in all of our decisions from the local to the global arenas. They represent the social, ecological and economic dimensions that have to be considered in all climate change decisions, whether at the multilateral UN level, or the community forum that is considering where to place a new city hall.

The IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) reports that "Vulnerability to specific impacts of climate change will be most severe when and where they are felt together with stresses from other sources [20.3, 20.4, 20.7, Chapter 17 Section 17.3.3] (very high confidence).
Non-climatic stresses can include poverty, unequal access to resources, food security, environmental degradation and risks from natural hazards [20.3, 20.4, 20.7, Chapter 17 Section 17.3.3]. Climate change itself can, in some places, produce its own set of multiple stresses; total vulnerability to climate change, per se, is greater than the sum of vulnerabilities to specific impacts in these cases [20.7.2]. "
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