ENVI 208
The Challenge of Climate Change Climate: Policy Responses Fall 2009
Division II
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Climate change has emerged as the keystone environmental issue of this generation–and most likely for many generations to come. It now appears inevitable that temperatures will increase this century by 2-3ÂșC, though this projection may prove too far too optimistic if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Under many scenarios, temperatures could continue to increase in the 22nd Century absent stringent mitigation measures by the global community. This course examines the international and domestic legal and policy mechanisms to address the threat, including potential long-term responses. While this class will consider some of the scientific underpinnings for predicted climate impacts, it will focus primarily on the policy options open to individual countries and to the international community It will also consider the human, ecological, and social dimensions of climate unchecked climate change. The course will culminate in an in-class simulation of negotiations for a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 1927
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short papers, participation, and a final exam
Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 101 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies concentrators
Unit Notes: satisfies the Environmental Policy requirement for the Environmental Studies concentration
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy

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