Geography - Global perspectives
Consider the geographic characteristics of global phenomena and their
impact on people and places.'
The global response to these phenomena varies between governments and
interested groups. The United Nations, NGOs  (Non-Government
Organisations) and the various national and regional governments have a
responsive role to play. The response may vary due to social, economic or
political considerations (SHEEP factors),  as a result of resource
access or distribution or due to the scale and nature of the event or
process. A global perspective is reached when a policy is developed to deal
with the effects of a particular global phenomenon.
In Kyoto Japan in 1997 agreements were reached over the emission of carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere, as one of the components of global climate
change. This international conference was one of many held during the late
1980s and 1990s which discussed the issues of climate change, the hole in
the ozone layer, population controls and species diversity. After many
hours of meetings and negotiations the conference resolution is often a
compromise which can at best result in only limited success. It is
difficult to gain agreement between individual nations as they have
different national agendas, which can be difficult to mesh with the global
interest. Is the re-election of the national government more important than
reducing the emission of carbon into the atmosphere? Most politicians
prefer to serve another term of office.
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