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Impacts to the Micronesian islands by environmental change of globalization and climate change

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Author(s): Shunsuke Nagashima

Journal: Journal of Ecology and Field Biology
ISSN 1975-020X

Volume: 33;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 79;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: atoll risk management | cultural and social impact | environmental change | global warming | globalization

ABSTRACT
This article focused on the environmental changes on atolls in Micronesia. First, we considered the problem. Second,we designed research that focused on the impacts of environmental changes especially in relation to globalization andglobal warming in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The results were in accordance to the hypotheses that globalizationhad impacted prominently in communities on main islands and impact was lessened with increased distancefrom the centre. The fact that the islands are remotely situated and thus, in theory, do not have much outside influence,has not alleviated them from having societal concerns. The earth’s environmental change is causing an impact on themain islands as well. This has been governed by distinctive characteristics in their geographical, regional, and contents.Moreover, they showed stronger concerns about impacts on the environment than globalization. A set of questionnaireswas used as the principal assessment method to quantify the concerns relating to the environmental changes.
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