Global environmental change encompasses the rapid, interconnected changes now occurring in the Earth system -- its climate, human population, resources, and ecosystems. ENVIRON 111 (Global Change II) is an interdisciplinary, team-taught and web-supported introduction to the human dimensions of global change. You will study the recent, explosive growth of the human population and our impacts on land, air, and water resources, including ecosystems and biological diversity. Energy and climate, which are intimately connected issues, are examined in the context of their histories and especially by looking toward our global future and critical societal decisions that need to be made. To better grasp the challenges of the transition to a more sustainable future, you will study how different groups and cultures have historically interacted with their environment, the post-colonial transformation of human production and consumption, and its interdependence with changing patterns of economic production and distribution. The course concludes with an examination of the major forces of globalization that will shape the future relationship between humans and the resources of our planet.
Introduction to Global Change -- Part II
Engineering » Climate & Space Sciences
Engineering » Civil & Environmental Eng.
Literature, Science, & Arts » Earth and Environmental Sciences
Literature, Science, & Arts » Program in the Environment