GENED 1094. Confronting Climate Change

Semester: 

Fall
  • Professor: Daniel P. Schrag
  • Term: Fall
  • Days: M, W
  • Time: 1:30-2:45
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 126633
  • Subject Area: General Education

This course will examine future climate change in the context of Earth history, and then consider various strategies for what might be done to deal with it. The likely impacts of continued greenhouse gas emissions will be explored, emphasizing the scientific uncertainties associated with various predictions, and how this can be understood in the context of risk. In the latter third of the class, the question of how to mitigate climate change will be discussed, including an examination of various options for advanced energy systems. By the end of the semester, you will be able to design a low-carbon energy system for the U.S. with a consideration of each of our four basic energy sectors (transportation, industry, residential and commercial, and electricity). You will also develop an understanding of international climate efforts and consider the policy options to combat climate change.