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Engineering solutions to climate change not ideal, but worth studying

Michelle Udem

Issue date: 2/6/09 Section: Opinion
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Increasing reflectivity on roofs is a solution that could be government-mandated or considered by individual families or communities. A cool roof reflects and emits the sun's energy back to the sky rather than into the building below. Cool roofing can reflect as much as 87.5 percent of the sun's energy, which would help reduce the cost and necessity of cooling a home, decreasing the need for power plants that rely on fossil fuels.

Short-term solutions will not solve our environmental problems. We must avoid the temptation of looking for quick fixes, as many researchers feel that this only encourages people to continue to be excessive in their burning of fossil fuels. We should focus on changing the way we live and consume and recalculate the impact of our activities on the environment. Short-term methods should only be considered during periods of urgency and when no long-term solutions are on the horizon. As Case students, we need to focus on practicing RecycleMania guidelines around campus and remember that engineering taught in the classroom could have great environmental impact.

Michelle Udem is a third-year economics and environmental studies major.
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