There are several assigned reading for the course as follows:
- Note - they are now also listed with every lecture
Section 1: Climate change and health - Part 1 Evidence of a changing climate
Empirical evidence that humans are causing global warming. http://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?r=96
IPCC Working Group I, Summary for Policymakers. http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/wg1/ar4-wg1-spm.pdf (note - may take a few seconds to open)
Part 2 Evidence of climate change effects on health
Myers SS, Bernstein AS. The coming health crisis. The Scientist. 2011;25(1):32. Available online at: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/30826/title/The-Coming-Health-Crisis/
McMichael AJ. Globalization, Climate Change and Health. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013; 368:1335-1343. Available online at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1109341
Section 2: Biodiversity and health - Part 1: What is biodiversity?
Textbook: In Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. Chivian E, Bernstein AS, eds. Oxford University Press, 2008. This text is available as an e-textbook through Coursemart and Amazon.
- Chapter 1: What is biodiversity?
Part 2: The importance of biodiversity to health
Textbook: In Sustaining Life:
- Chapter 2: How is biodiversity threatened
- Chapter 8: Biodiversity and food production; and pp. 118-119, 128-150, 257-265, 278-282, 287-312, 315-317.
Section 3: Solutions - Part 1 Earth-Solar Energy Balance: a return to climate science
The NOAA Annual Greenhouse gas Index: Summer 2012 http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/aggi/
Changes in Atmospheric Constituents and in Radiative Forcing. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/wg1/ar4-wg1-chapter2.pdf (note - may take a few seconds to open)
Part 2 Climate stabilization wedges
Visit the Princeton Climate Mitigation Initiative site: http://cmi.princeton.edu/wedges/ explore this content rich resource and follow the links to the following articles.
Solving the Climate Problem: Technologies for Curbing CO2 emissions. R. Socolow, R. Hotinski, J. Greenblatt, S. Pacala, Environment, 2004. http://cmi.princeton.edu/wedges/pdfs/climate_problem.pdf
Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies. S. Pacala and R. Socolow, Science, 2004. http://www.princeton.edu/mae/people/faculty/socolow/Science-2004-SW-1100103-PAPER-AND-SOM.pd
Wedges Reaffirmed: a short essay by Robert Socolow, 2011 http://www.princeton.edu/mae/people/faculty/socolow/Wedges-reaffirmed-PLUS-ten-soliticed-comments-9-29-11.pdf
Optional viewing: Energy Basics Presentation (will be available in Section 3)
Part 3 The changing views about climate change
World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2013 http://www.weforum.org/reports/global-risks-2013-eighth-edition
World Bank Report November 2012 “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4’C Warmer World Must be Avoided” http://climatechange.worldbank.org/sites/default/files/Turn_Down_the_heat_Why_a_4_degree_centrigrade_warmer_world_must_be_avoided.pdf
Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Feinberg, G. & Howe, P. (2013) Global Warming’s SixAmericas, September 2012. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/files/Six-Americas-September-2012.pdf
Part 4 Hopeful examples of people, governments and corporations offering solutions
Please explore http://www.handprinter.org/ a website which has been created by our colleague Dr. Gregory Norris.
You may also wish to read the following resource used by Dr. Norris for his course at Harvard: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic979867.files/Basic%20Beneficience%20Primer.pdf
World Business Council for Sustainable Development guide to measuring social impact, downloadable at: http://www.wbcsd.org/impact.aspx
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Social Cost of Carbon (2010) Summary and full document available at: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/EPAactivities/economics/scc.html
The Boston Harvard Association report “Preparing for the Rising Tide” http://www.tbha.org/preparing-rising-tide-report
Please explore the following websites:
- Harvard Graduate School of Design Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructurehttp://www.gsd.harvard.edu/research/research_centers/zofnass/
- Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/
- U.S. Green Building Council http://www.usgbc.org/
- World Green Building Council http://www.worldgbc.org