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The Social Bases of Climate Change Knowledge, Concern, and Policy Support in the U.S. General Public

For the past two decades, the issue of climate change has been thoroughly politicized in the United States. By the early 1990s, the U.S environmental community—the environmental movement, sympathetic climate scientists, and environmental policy-makers—successfully defined anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming as … Continue reading

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Reciprocity and Environmental Obligations

Reciprocity—put most generally—is the idea of actions-in-return that are not founded in voluntary agreements or contracts. Understood in this way, reciprocity can be one-on-one: the return of a kindness or the exchange of presents. But it need not be: pitching … Continue reading

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The Ethical Responsibility to Reduce Energy Consumption

This Article argues that developed countries have an ethical responsibility to reduce energy consumption—through energy efficiency and conservation—as part of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While this responsibility is borne by nations themselves, it has consequences for … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Causation, and Delayed Harm

The causal linkage between human activity and climate change has been the locus for contentious debate over the past twenty years or so. It has been a proxy for larger debates over whether and how policymakers should respond to the … Continue reading

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Responsible Environmental Behavior, Energy Conservation, and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: You Can Lead a Horse to Water But Can You Make It Drink?

Despite professing to care about the environment and supporting environmental causes, individuals behave in environmentally irresponsible ways like driving when they can take public transportation, littering, or disposing of toxic materials in unsound ways. This is my fourth exploration of … Continue reading

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Embryonic Stem Cells, Intellectual Property, and Patents: Ethical Concerns

The ethical issues surrounding the research involving embryonic stem cells can be traced back to the principles of Kant, Mill, Rawls, and other philosophers. As with all ethical principles, they tend to be absolute and vague. Thus, when society faces … Continue reading

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Using Excess IVF Blastocysts for Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Developing Ethical Doctrine, Secular and Religious

Ethics can be an uncomfortable field when faced with astounding breakthroughs in scientific research that could change the face of medicine. The sequencing of the human genome in the Human Genome Project that started in 1990 was effectively completed at … Continue reading

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United States Regulation of Stem Cell Research: Recasting Government’s Role and Questions to Be Resolved

Humans, like many other animals with central nervous systems, run under the control of biological clocks distributed among the various organs of their bodies and synchronized by a master clock located in their brains. Like an organism in which these … Continue reading

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Attitudes About Human Embroys, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and Related Matters

Human embryonic stem cells (“hESCs”) were first isolated in 1998. A year earlier, Dr. Ian Wilmut had cloned an adult sheep to create Dolly. These developments are not unrelated. Each engendered widespread debate about the practical and moral implications of … Continue reading

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Heightened Notice Means Heightened Problems: Due Process Notice Concerns When Discharging Student Loan Debts Under Chapter 13

Most college and graduate school graduates cringe when they hear the words “student loans.” Student loans are seemingly just as difficult to avoid as they are to eliminate. For some unfortunate individuals, overwhelming student loan debts are so great that … Continue reading

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