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Managing human resources (populations) and the resources necessary to support them have increased in scope and difficulty in the modern era. Briefly describe the factors that lead to population growth and potential stabilization. How does human demographics influence population dynamics in more developed nations and less developed nations and what might this mean for future populations, economic and social growth, and how might these people be distributed? What do you see as the pros and cons of a large human population (brief) mostly living in cities? Are there too many or too few people? Why do you think this?
Several lines of evidence are used to determine past climate conditions over varying time periods from the last several decades to several centuries to hundreds of thousands to millions of years. What are some of these methods and what relative times do they address? How does the current rate of climate change compared to previous eras and what might be some consequences for non-human biodiversity? What might be some of the consequences of climate change for South Florida? How might regional effects of CC vary from global effects? How might YOU manage adaptation to the consequences of Climate Change in South Florida?
- About 3/4 of the world’s commercial energy comes from non-renewable fossil fuels. How do the major fossil fuels compare in terms of the relative NET energy and greenhouse gas emissions produced. What are some of the ecological and social consequences of reliance on fossil fuels and given the estimated global supplies in terms of longevity do you think we will transition away from them? What are the pros and cons of using gas from the Marcellus Shale and should fracking gases relative to other fossil fuels be encouraged or discouraged? Why or why not?