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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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Using Local Knowledge to Shrink the Individual Carbon Footprint

Entire texts have been devoted to exploring the meaning of the term “lifestyle” and sociological understandings of lifestyle are complex and nuanced. For present purposes, however, a more simple articulation of the term will suffice. Lifestyle can mean “mode of … Continue reading

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Your Death: The Royal Flush of Wall Street’s Gamble

The simplistic daily transactions of individual citizens to the complex management of corporate structure. Within this spectrum of securitized products lies an array of venture opportunities and strategies that are available to both novice and sophisticated investors alike. The subject … Continue reading

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Turning Away From Islam in Iraq: A Conjecture as to How the New Iraq Will Treat Muslim Apostates

Can freedom of religion be reconciled with death for apostasy? The 2006 Constitution of Iraq binds the new Iraqi state to upholding both the freedom of religion and the principles of Islam, which includes capital punishment for leaving Islam according … 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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