The known and unknown in climate change science; strategies and technologies for mitigation of and adaptation to the impact of climate change; international issues related to avoidance, challenges posed by as yet undefined effects, and responsibilities mandated by existing and proposed laws, executive orders, regulations, and court rulings.
DESIRED LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the conclusion of the course, you will: • Judge between primary and secondary sources of information about climate change, appraise the quality of evidence, and support arguments with logical reasoning. • Locate, organize, classify, combine, evaluate, and assemble evidence about climate change, including uncertainties, controversies, major questions and typical misunderstandings. • List, summarize, illustrate, and diagram, the key elements of the earth’s climate system and how changes in those elements affect other parts of the system at various time and space scales. • Identify, discuss, estimate, predict, critique, and verify the major sources of anthropogenic influence upon the climate system including greenhouse gas emissions. • Name, describe, appraise, compare, and rate major opportunities for mitigating emissions, costs and benefits of each, and challenges to implementing each at an effective level. • State, illustrate, demonstrate, examine, and assess possible impacts of climate change upon human and natural systems, and alternatives to address those impacts. • Identify, state, discuss, examine, compare, and assess multiple alternative viewpoints and interests in the climate change dialogue at local, national, and international levels.