GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment



Our goal this week is to explore the latest scientific consensus on the causes of global climate change and its social, economic, and environmental impacts. This week's materials will provide a broad overview of the current state of knowledge on these issues, and also bring together many of the topics from the semester - including biodiversity, environmental justice, and natural resource extraction - to consider possible ways forward to a sustainable future.

Assignments due during Week 11:

  • Take the Week 11 Quiz by Tuesday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Submit your weekly Questions & Reactions by Tuesday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Respond to your classmates' Q&R's by Thursday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Continue to make progress on your Final Essay paper (it's due Thursday after week 12).

Materials for Week 11:

  • FILM: IPCC Working Group I 2013: The Physical Science Basis
  • FILM: IPCC Working Group II 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
  • Vandana Shiva: Soil not Oil (reading posted in CANVAS)

Week 11 Objectives:

At the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • explain the human causes of global climate change and describe the resulting environmental changes.
  • explain the social impacts of climate change and describe how geography and economic inequality shape the vulnerability of different populations.
  • discuss several possible adaptation strategies including who will experience the costs and benefits.
  • analyze the drawbacks and benefits of a biodiverse "carbon democracy" as a climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy.

Let's dive in!