Question Set 6

  1. The syndrome: What are the largest changes caused by humans in the last 100 years in the chemistry of the atmosphere and ocean and how did these changes impact the energy balance of the earth system? Be quantitative.
  2. The diagnosis: Explain the importance of flows in the Earth's life support system and the impact of the current mainstream model for economy on these flows. To what extent depends the current economy on changing the flows and how is this impacting the Earth's life-support system?
  3. The prognosis: What are the main hazards/developments that could cause global catastrophes and how are they related to changes in the Earth's life-support system caused by humans in the last 100 years?
  4. The therapy: What would be a crucial step towards sustainable development as defined by Griggs et al., 2013. Are the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations facilitating this step?
  5. GRAD: Discuss the relationship between the carrying capacity of a system and the development of populations of human and non-human animals.

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Please, submit the answers by e-mail to the two instructors. Note that your answers to the questions should be concise and in a scientific writing style. Please, include your name at the top and the questions before each answer. The answers have to cite the sources consulted in writing the answer and a list of references. Citations and Reference have to follow the documentation style defined by the Council of Scientific Editors, known as the CSE style. See SSF-Guide or the WISC page for more information on the CSE style. Examples of correct references can be found here.

Questions marked with "GRAD" are to be answered only by students in the 500-level class.