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HISTSCI 133VD. Environmental Science and its History: Big Problems and Debates

How was the high-energy technological society of today created – and how can it be maintained in a civilizationally-responsible way?  We will address the human goals, expectations, and confrontations interfacing with weather, climate, and energy resources across history.  Among these are the tumultuous history of fossil fuels and “peak oil,” the birth of the environmental movement, debates about pollution and acid rain, and the contentious and conflicted relationship between technology development and environmental concerns.  Students will explore the history of climate change from its origin in nineteenth-century science through the most recent catastrophic environmental effects and contemporary attempts at mitigation.

Professor: 

Connemara Doran

Season: 

Spring

Days: 

M
W

Time: 

9:00-10:15am

Course ID: 

213527

Subject Area: 

History of Science

Research Areas: 

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Email: huce@environment.harvard.edu
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