Short Essay Questions : This is not intended for research 1. True or false: International conventions/protocols (like Paris) for the environmental…

Short Essay Questions: This is not intended for research

1.     True or false: International conventions/protocols (like Paris) for the environmental standards are ineffective. Provide some evidence on emissions before and after these protocols were signed (many emissions got worse – What  does Kuznets say? What do you think?

2.     Provide some evidence (data) of success and some evidence of failure of our national sustainability public policy (use food, or water, or air, or solid waste or energy as an example…. not all of them). What is your general conclusion? Do we need more rules? More enforcement? More awareness? More money? More responsible consumers? More responsible producers? retailers? Suppose you can’t of that at once (you can’t !), which path would you pick first?  Explain

3.     Differentiate MEC and MCE and give examples of each. Is MCE a private or a public cost? Explain.

4.     It is argued that environmental policy should be imposed at the federal level. Otherwise, states will relax their laws and enforcement in an attempt to attract businesses and jobs (they call them pollution havens). Is there evidence for or against state regulations? Does the same idea apply on a global scale: between countries or varying from country to country?

5.     David Ricardo’s Model predicts that land and food prices will increase. Malthus and Marx predict that food will be scarce, and wages would decline in the long term. Illustrate all three models. Then explain:

a.     Are these three theories consistent? Can they all be true at the same time?

b.     Are these models still relevant today? Explain your view.

c.      What scientific/technological changes took place since these theories appeared, that may have altered these economists’ conclusions – examples:  birth control, globalization, fossil fuels, deteriorating work conditions in the third world, consumerism? What else changed?

6.     Is there truth to the idea that climate change:

a. Exists (Data?)? 

b. A significant portion of it is due to Anthropogenic causes (data?)

7.     Provide evidence on the impact of unchecked economic growth model on

a.     Human health

b.     Ecological balance

c.      Biodiversity

d.     Resource depletion

.     Discuss the role of households, corporations and governments in sustainability. Which has more power to change? Is there a global economic structure that is a threat to the sustaining life as we know it?

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