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Resolved, that the human impact on global climate change is exaggerated.

From changes in Arctic water levels to an increase in temperature world wide, global warming is a scientific process that is accepted by most experts around the world. It is unclear however, how much of it is due to the actions of humans. One could say that climate change is caused primarily by humans by pointing out our production of massive amounts of industrial carbon dioxide and other hazardous gasses, our production of hazardous materials, and our dependence on fossil fuels and oil. However, according to Science Magazine, the number one chemical causing the “Greenhouse Effect” is water vapor, which is produced naturally, causing others to claim that global warming is a perfectly natural cycle–nothing to be afraid of or take action against. After being given some evidence that our industrial by-products may not be the deciding factor in climate change, are we really to be blamed?  What should we do?

KS~MARCH 2011

Posted in Environment, Science1 Comment

Resolved, that gene patents are detrimental to research and development.

Due to the pioneering research of the Human Genome Project, an international collaboration of scientists, as well as, the contribution of private ‘genomics’ corporations, scientists now have the ability to isolate human genes. This has sparked much debate, prompting hopes that this new knowledge could lead to a tangible improvement in treatments of certain conditions. At the same time, genetic screening is becoming more widespread. As research progresses, the legal and moral questions of whether or not genes should be patented, what would constitute gene patents, and whether these patents would be detrimental to research and development inevitably arise. Many say that genes, as parts of nature, should not be subject to patents; some fear that if patents are instituted, the rush to patent human genes and the corporate use of those patents to maximize corporate profits could stifle vital medical research for humanity. Others say that patents are a necessary evil, and there is little evidence that they are directly harmful to research. Do the disadvantages of gene patents outweigh the benefits?

KS~MAR 2011

Posted in Domestic Affairs, Economics, Science3 Comments