Harmful climate changes

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: World
Policy issue: Environment
Description: Increasing worldwide atmospheric pollution threatens major damage to agriculture, the protective ozone layer, and to coastal areas.
Symptoms: Rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other industrial gases; depletion of the ozone layer; global warming trend causes rising sea levels and coastal area flooding.
Causes: Destruction of forests for agriculture and firewood, and by industrial pollution; emission of air pollutants by cars and industry.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Governments of industrialized countries; universities and research institutes; world organizations.
Goal: Slow down, and eventually reverse the effects of harmful climate changes.
Program area: World ecological development
Program-remedy: 1. Expand family planning and related activities
2. Massive programs to protect topsoil on cropland, reforestation, raising energy efficiency, developing renewable energy resources and non-polluting industrial chemicals.
Program-prevent: Coordinated international action aimed at both prevention and on-going improvement.
Cost of program: $25 billion annually; growing to $125 billion by the year 2000.
Beneficiaries: Entire world population.

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