Caroline Hobbs is a senior Economics and Environmental Studies double major at Skidmore College, where she also serves as President of the Honors Forum and Captain of the Women’s Tennis Team. Caroline’s other research interests include ecosystem services valuation, perception of risk related to crude oil transport, and coral reef ecology and conservation. Caroline hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Ecological Economics or Environmental Management as she continues to integrate her passions for industrial ecology, renewable energy, behavioral economics, and marine conservation.

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While climate systems are incredibly complex, the causes of contemporary climate change and many of the potential impacts are now well understood. The atmospheric concentrations of several greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) have increased to unprecedented levels, in at least the past 800,000 years, and carbon …

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