Human Dimensions of Global Warming

Lesson 5 Reading Assignment


This week's reading assignments offer a juxtaposition between our latest scientific understanding of the role of transportation emissions in our overall reduction goals coupled with current policy initiatives related to the transport sector.  As you'll see - they don't align very nicely.

Reading Assignment

  • Atkin, E. (2018, August 21). Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die. Wired. Retrieved from  
  • Kennedy, M. and C. Domonoske. (2018, August 2). White House Proposal Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards, No Exception for California.  National Public Radio.  Retrieved from:
When reading these articles, think about:
  • Where Germany and California stand in comparison to other parts of the world.  If they're already doing so much and struggling with this sector, what does this mean for the rest of the world in its various goals to achieve aggressive emissions reductions?

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