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I find it very interesting and sad how there is a disconnect between scientific data and facts, and the common knowledge of the population about climate in general, and how our actions are effecting such a complex system. I believe this disconnect is partially due to people not being able or willing to acquire data and most importantly not being able to understand it. I believe the scientific community must make this information more public in a way that everyone can understand and then derive their own thoughts and beliefs after they have been informed. I believe this could address some of the "myths" or beliefs we have about global climate change and most importantly, the impacts these changes will have in the future. I think it would be interesting to discuss in class how we as a society could turn global climate change into an opportunity to change human behaviour, such as our dependancy on fossil fuels, and monetize these changes into long-term solutions to reach a stable environment. It would be interesting to analyse how incentives to address these issues can affect markets and countries economies. I would also find it interesting to evaluate how making scientific data more accessible and available affect policy and how that can also have an impact on markets and economies worldwide.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2015 on Climate Talk at Jolly Green General
I would be interested in studying how invasive species can effect a community, whether it is monetary, regulations, of effects to the environment and how that impacts the community. For example the zebra mussel original to lakes in southeast Russia has become a very effective invasive species worldwide. In North America they are known for their colonisation power making them block pipelines, clogging water, intakes,a and covering almost everything. Zebra mussels are also responsible for the near extinction of many species in the Great Lakes by out-competing native species and by growing on top of native clams and mussels ad suffocating them. This is just one example but I am sore other invasive species have had effects on an a community.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2015 on For Thursday at Jolly Green General
I believe that the model methodology expressed in the paper can be a valuable tool when creating new protected areas to explore different possibilities that includes the people of the area to protect both the local and the natural resources. When authorities prohibit a practice that is a substantial pat of a local economy, locals tend to look at this agency as an enemy rather than an ally, therefore I believe the best way to address conservation policy is with the help and input of locals. Getting locals involved in the conservation project allows them to care for the project and actively take a stand to protect the natural environment knowing it will be for the best. This will only happen if locals derive explicit benefits that equal or surpass the negative effects of the conservation efforts. This is why learning about the needs of the local population and factoring them in a model could prove to be an effective way to evaluate the best conservation practices. A great example is the olive riley sea turtle egg harvesting in Ostional beach in Costa Rica. Locals harvested the sea turtle eggs in this beach, which greatly depleted the population of turtles. After the creation of the Ostional Wildlife Reserve, egg harvesting became illegal, thus damaging the local economy. This led to the illegal harvest of eggs, which prevented the sea turtle population from improving and was detrimental for the society creating tension between the locals and any form of authority be the police or the reserve. With new management, the reserve decided to work with the locals and create grants that allowed locals to harvest turtle eggs to a certain extent. This program allowed the reserve to monitor and regulate the amount of turtle eggs that were being harvested. Upon later research the local economy benefitted and allowed the community to invest in education centers for the caring and protection of sea turtles. Biologists also monitored the olive riley sea turtle population and since the grants were created the population started to increase and has currently reached a healthy size. This is a great example of how conservation movements, working sustainable with the local community can ensure that the local economy is not damaged and for the protection of the natural resources. If a model was sued to evaluate the possibilities of creating a reserve, maybe the local community would have not suffered at the beginning.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on Reading for Thursday at Jolly Green General
I agree with Matt in the sense that the methodology used was very simple yet effective an could be used to conduct studies in other areas to evaluate to try to assign a value to various characteristics. I also agree that the sample size might be a little biased. What do locals think of these values? Do they care solely because of the income biodiversity and turtles bring or do these attributes have an intrinsic value for the population. If so what it it and should this value be given more weight than the value attributed by a tourist? Being from Costa Rica I understand how a country can depend on tourism and how valuable attributes like biodiversity can be only because of the tourism it will attract. Apart form that I know people (especially in close communities) can actually value these attributes due to cultural and historial ties rather than the money it brings through truism. Therefore if locals and tourists value the same attributes for different reasons, then can we assign different monetary values to the same attributes? Also how can sharing with locals the monetary price that reflects how they value these attributes change how they see these attributes and how they might act in the future? Can knowing how much you value an attribute change future policy, people's behaviour and ultimately the value of the attribute itself?
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2015 on Reading for Thursday at Jolly Green General
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