Reading Assigned (Climate Change: Move to Action (Winter 2008))

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Reading Assigned

These are the readings assigned in the class, and the lectures where they were assigned. Often the readings are only a few pages in the document. The readings are sometimes for the particular lecture or anticipating what's next.


Lecture 1

Spencer Weart: Discovery of Global Warming

Weart: Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Effect

Weart: Simple Climate Models


Lecture 3

Chapter 1 and Executive Summary of Radiative Forcing of Climate Change: Expanding the Concept and Addressing Uncertainties (2005)

Document at National Academy Web Site

PDF of Executive Summary on Class Web Site

PDF of Chapter 1 on Class Web Site


Lecture 5

IPCC Working Group I: Scientific Basis for Climate Change (Summary for Policy makers)


Lecture 8

Stott: External Forcings of 20th Century Climate

Andronova: Anthropogenic Forcing of 20th Century Climate


Lecture 9

Roe: Climate Sensitivity and Uncertainty


Lecture 11

Walther: Ecological Response to Climate Change

McCarty: Ecological Consequences of Climate Change


Lecture 12

IPCC: Executive Summary WG II: Impacts

O'Brien: Winners and Losers in Climate Change

Barnett: Water Availability and Future Climate

Milly: Impact of climate change on water management strategies


Lecture 13

Brooks: Framework for Understanding Vulnerability and Ability to Adapt


Lecture 15

Pacala and Socolow: Wedges for mitigation of climate change (Science, 2004)


Lecture 16

Jasanoff: The Fifth Branch (Chapter 1)

Pew: State-based Initiatives (2006)

Pew: State-based Initiatives (Update, 2007)


Lecture 17

Stern Report: Executive Summary

Nordhaus: Critical Analysis of Stern Report


Lecture 18

Ecosystem Marketplace: State of Voluntary Markets (2007)

World Bank: Carbon Markets Trends and Update (2007) Assigned Pages 3-7.


Lecture 19

Supreme Court: Massachusetts versus EPA

Sigman: Liability as Policy Option


Lecture 20

Aldy: Policy Options


Lecture 21

Socolow and Pacala: Keeping Carbon in Check (Scientific American, 2006)


Lecture 24

WHO: Climate Change and Public Health

McMichael: Analysis of Health Impact, Inequality, and Health Sector


Lecture 25

Hoffman: Pew Corporate Strategies 2006

McKinsey: Global Business Survey 2008


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