Reading Materials & Lecture Notes

Class 1, Jan 18, Wed: Welcome introduction & syllabus

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Class 2, Jan 23: The complex global climate system & the environmental: fundamental concepts - overview (lecture)

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Class 3, Jan 25: Global climate & the environmental changes: observation, attribution & policies (lecture)

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Read IPCC AR5 WGII SPM (HW1: reaction journal required. Start early; it has 30pages exclduing cover page and content table)

Read IPCC AR5 Technical Summary

Class 4, Jan 30: TBD (Substitue Instructor: Dr. Matthew Newman)

Read this article (HW2: reaction journal required)

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Class 5, Feb 1: TBD (Substitue Instructor: Dr. Matthew Newman)

Read this article (HW3: reaction journal required)

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Class 6, Feb 6: Is climate change real or a hoax, and where to obtain reliable information? Class Debate (check "Discussion/debate assignment" for your group & duty)

Read IPCC AR5 WGI SPM (HW4a: Reaction journal required; Start early: Content contains 26 pages)

Read "Top ten reasons climate change is a hoax" from GlobalClimateScam.com (HW4b: Reaction journal required)

Class 7, Feb 8: Guest Lecture: Ozone hole and the role of science in formulating policy. Dr. David Fahey, NOAA

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Read this interesting article on ozone-hole treaty slowed global warming (HW5: Reaction journal required)

Class 8, Feb 13: Class Debate: Ozone depletion, status & effective policy compared to global climate change (check "Discussion/debate assignment" for your group & duty)

Read this article on stratospheric ozone, global warming, science and policy article (HW6a: Reaction journal required)

Search reliable publications on ozone hole, global climate change and policy to prepare for the debate.

Class 9, Feb 15: TBD. (Substitute Instructor: Dr. Mike Alexander)

Read this article (HW7: reaction journal required)

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Class 10, Feb 20: Guest Lecture: Climate Threats: A More Inclusive Assessment Is Needed. Prof. R. Pielke Sr.

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Read this Land Use Land Coever article (HW8: reaction journal required)

Read this article

Class 11, Feb 22: Discussion/debate: Effective policies for mitigating global warming?

Read IPCC AR5 WG3 SPM (HW9: Write a topic essay; see "Writing Homework" for detailed instructions)

Class 12, Feb 27: Class Discussion. Coral bleaching: the role of natural climate variability or human impact?

Read the coral bleaching article (HW10: Reaction Journal required)

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Class 13, Mar 1: Guest lecture: by Dr. Kathryn A. Ramirez-Aguilar. (HW11: Topic essay. What can you & will you do to improve our local/regional environment?)

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Class 14, Mar 6: Class Debate: Climate mitigation policy and international trade

Read this policy article (HW12: Reaction journal required)

Class 15, Mar 8: Guest Lecture: "Anthropogenically induced earthquakes in the US" by Prof. Shemin Ge, department of geological science, CU. .

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Read this article (HW13: Reaction journal required)

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Class 16, Mar 13: Discussion & role play: Hydraulic fracturing & environmental issue - what do we need to do when climate policy conflicts clean environment?

Read this energy policy article (HW14: Reaction journal required)

Read this EPA website regarding its effort to reconcile the goals of clean energy and environmental issue

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Class 17, Mar 15: See movie: An Inconvenience Truth 2.

Read this article (HW15: Reaction journal required)

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Class 18, Mar 20: Discussion/Debate on the movide.

Read this article (HW16: Reaction journal required)

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Class 19, Mar 22: Guest lecture: IPCC AR5: Process, Projections, and Predictions. Dr. Gerald A. Meehl from NCAR

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(HW17: Reaction journal for this article)

Spring break

Class 20, Apr 3: Final project presentation

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Class 22, Apr 10: Final project presentation

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Class 23, Apr 12: Final project presentation

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Class 24, Apr 17: Final project presentation

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Class 25, Apr 19: Final project presentation

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Class 26, Apr 24: Final project presentation

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Class 27, Apr 26: The importance & challenges of communicating climate change

Read this article (HW19: Topic essay - effective ways for breaking through the barriers of climate communication)

Watch this youtube video by Dr. Jeff Kiehl, NCAR/UCSC

Class 28, May 1: TBD (substitute instructor: Dr. Matt Newman)

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Class 29, May 3: TBD (substitute instructor: Dr. Matt Newman)

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