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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.        

IPCC Working Group I, Summary for Policymakers.  (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:

McMichael AJ. Globalization, Climate Change and Health. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013; 368:1335-1343. Available online at:



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 

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 (note - may take a few seconds to open)

Part 2   Climate stabilization wedges 

Visit the Princeton Climate Mitigation Initiative site:  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.

Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies. S. Pacala and R. Socolow, Science, 2004.

Wedges Reaffirmed: a short essay by Robert Socolow, 2011

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

World Bank Report November 2012 “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4’C Warmer World Must be Avoided” 

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.

Part 4   Hopeful examples of people, governments and corporations offering solutions

Please explore 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:

World Business Council for Sustainable Development guide to measuring social impact, downloadable at:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Social Cost of Carbon (2010) Summary and full document available at:

The Boston Harvard Association report “Preparing for the Rising Tide”

Please explore the following websites: