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Issue 2 - April 2007 Climate Change: How should we view and move forward on climate change policy?

This issue of IDEAS includes four opinion pieces about the effects of andpolicy options for climate change: Arctic Climate Change and US Security; Disaster Recovery and Climate Change; Climate Change and Warin Sudan; A Call for US Climate Policy.

Climate Change in the Arctic and its Implications for U.S. National Security  by Elizabeth L. Chalecki (Fletcher PhD candidate)

Reflections:

  • What are the diplomatic and security implications of polar ice melt?

  • What types of US policy should be prioritized given the high likelihood of polar ice melt in the near-term? 


Climate Change, Disaster Recovery, and Lessons from Indonesia by Nicole Guanzon (Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University) 

Reflections:

  • Following climate change initiated disasters,who should be involved in recovery operations and how should recoverybe conducted?

  • What policies will encourage sustainable post-disaster recovery?

 

Climate Change as the Continuation of War by Other Means by Patrick Meier (Fletcher PhD candidate)

Reflections:

  • Can not implementing climate change mitigation be seen as a conscious policy with costs and benefit?

  • Can climate change and genocide be equated?

 

Changing Course Will Require Major Policy Change, and the United States Must Lead the Way by William Moomaw (Fletcher) and Judy Layzer (MIT)

Reflections:

  • Are there relevantly painless ways to address climate change?

  • Where should we focus policy and action to have the greatest effect on mitigating climate change?