Global warming and the environment : forecast disaster
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Allen, Richard V.
House, Karen Elliott
Brown, Lester R.
Georgetown University. School of Foreign Service
Transcripts of the video interviews from Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives
As the thawing of the cold war allowed the international community to focus more attention on environmental threats, the effects of global warming became an increasingly controversial topic in the foreign policy community. Following six of the warmest years of the twentieth century, policy makers finally began to realize that the warming temperatures caused by manmade emissions posed a threat to agricultural and economic development. However, despite scientific data supporting environmental decline, the seriousness of global warming and the best preventative course of action could not be agreed upon. Because the emissions that cause global warming are not constrained by political borders, international cooperation was needed to enact any meaningful solution. Industrialized countries had taken some steps to counter pollution, but developing nations, seeking to develop their economies and satisfy the need of growing populations, continued to utilize environmentally destructive policies. In this episode, the panel of guests discusses whether the international community faces a tradeoff between economic interests and long-term environmental degradation, or whether countries can continue to develop their economies while also becoming more environmentally friendly. Featuring Dick Allen of the Heritage Foundation, Karen Elliott House of the Wall Street Journal, and Lester Brown of the World Watch Institute.
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Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic) (Connecticut Public TelevisionWorld Beat AssociatesGeorgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association, 1990)Examines United States policy relating to global warming and environmental degradation.