Reading/class preparation (for lectures):
Reading/class preparation (for discussion):
- Bradsher and Barboza, "Pollution From Chinese Coal Casts a Global Shadow", The New York Times, June 11, 2006.
- EPA Press Office , "Radiation Monitors Continue to Confirm that No Radiation Levels of Concern Have Reched the United States", Environmental Protection Agency, 22 March 2011 News Release.
- Stokstad, "Science Meets Politics Off California's Coast", Science, 327, 1574-1575, DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5973.1574, 26 March 2010. Struggling with access to the journal Science? UCSD has a subscription, and you should be able to access it from any computer on campus, or from home if you use the UCSD proxy server or VPN. See here for details.
- Brown, Preface, Ch. 1 "On the Edge".
March 28: Introduction to the course. Tragedy of the Commons. Handouts: syllabus, survey
- Lowe, Alex, "Ecological Footprint 2.0", WorldChanging (Environmental Blog), 2007. http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/006904.html
- Assignment: footprint exercises
Discussion (March 28/29): Ecological footprints. Assignment due in class.
March 30: Tragedy of the Commons: Air pollution and other examples . Paper #1 topics assigned.
April 1: Tragedies of the Commons: Climate.
- The Copenhagen Diagnosis, 2009, Allison et al., 60 pp.
- IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report, Summary for Policymakers, 2007.
- Diringer, E., 2010. Summary: Sixteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Be sure to read the full pdf.
- Krugman, Paul. Building a Green Economy, New York Times Magazine, 5 April 2010.
- Brown, Ch. 4 "Rising Temperatures, Melting Ice, and Food Security".
- Assignment: Draft plan for Paper 1.
April 4: Sustainability at UCSD. Guest lecture: Byron Washom, UCSD Sustainability 2.0Week 3: Energy
Discussion April 4/5: Writing a paper. Assignment due as specified in Paper 1 instructions. See Paper 1 web page for further guidance. Please bring hard copy to class and submit electronically via WebCT to turnitin.com (see week 2 discussion folder).
April 6: Speaking Truth to Power: The Scientific Case for Urgent Action to Avoid Severe Climate Disruption. Guest Lecture : Richard Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
April 8: Climate and the Carbon Cycle. Guest lecture: Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Weisz, Basic Choices and Constraints on Long-Term Energy Supplies, Physics Today, July 2004, p. 47.
- Gertz, Emily, 2008. Can Offshore Drilling Really Make the US Oil Independent?, Scientific American, 12 September 2008.>
- Reuters, 2011. Update 2: US Issues 1st Permit to Drill New Well Since Ban Ends, 24 March 2011.
- New York Times Opinion Page, "Room for Debate: What the Oil Spill Means for Off Shore Drilling", New York Times, 29 April 2010.
- Union of Concerned Scientists, The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010: Executive Summary, March 2011. For further information, see the Union of Concerned Scientist web site on nuclear power.
- Brown, Ch. 3 "Eroding Soils and Expanding Deserts"; Ch. 5 "The Emerging Politics of Food Scarcity".
Week 4: Water resources.
April 18: Peak everything (coal, natural gas, uranium, and water)
- Summary of the Hydrologic Cycle, US Geological Survey, 8 February 2011, http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercyclesummary.html
- "Water Resources and Population", Paul Harrison and Fred Pearce, AAAS Atlas of Population & Environment, ed. by Victoria Dompka Markham, 2000, American Association for the Advancement of Science and University of California Press. http://atlas.aaas.org/pdf/51-54.pdf
- "California's water crisis", Aquafornia Californa Water News Blog, 31 December 2007: http://aquafornia.com/californias-water-crisis/
- "Gray water debate in Sacramento steams up", Los Angeles Times Greenspace Blog, Susan Carpenter, 17 March 2008. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2009/03/greywater-regul.html
- "Editorial: 'It just makes dollars and sense" http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/14688182.html
- Brown, Ch. 2 "Falling Water Tables and Shrinking Harvests".
Discussion: April 18/19: Is nuclear-powered desalination the way to supply water to San Diego? Assignment due.
April 20: Water rights in the West and the future of water. Paper 1 due to turnitin.com with hardcopy submitted in class
April 22: (Earth Day!) Environmental problems and the value systems to solve them: an ecologist's perspective. Guest lecture: Professor Paul Dayton, Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
- Campbell, M. et al., 2007. "Return of the Population Growth Factor", Science, 315, 16 March 2007, 1501-1502.
- Hazell, P. B. R., Green, 2002. Revolution: Curse or Blessing?, International Food Policy Research Institute.
- Oxford Analytica, "Food Shortage Rises with Prices", Forbes.com, 15 April 2008.
- Brown, Ch. 6 "Environmental Refugees: The Rising Tide"; Ch. 7 "Mounting Stresses, Failing States"
May 2: Sustainability and the triple bottom line
- Sachs and Reid, 2006. "Investments Toward Sustainable Development", Science, 312(5776), p. 1002. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;312/5776/1002.
- Myers, 1997. "Consumption: Challenge to Sustainable Development ...", Science, 276(5309), pp. 53-55. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/276/5309/53. (Also look at the response by Vincent and Panayotou on the same date as the original article (and same web page) and at the follow up letters by Stern and Dietz and by Alcock dated 13 June 1997: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;276/5319/1629d.)
- Hickman, 2006. "Is it OK ... to use an MP3 player?", Guardian (UK), October 17, 2006. http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/ethicalliving/story/0,,1924202,00.html. (For the full report referred to in this article, see http://www.forumforthefuture.org.uk/files/DigitaleuropeMusiccasestudy.pdf.)
- Guinée and Heijungs, 2005. Life Cycle Assessment, Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.
- One or more additional articles on life cycle assessment of your choosing. See our list.
- Pacala, S. and R. Socolow, 2004. Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies, Science, 305, 968-972.
- Brown, Preface to Part III; Ch. 8 "Building an Energy-Efficient Economy"
- Assignment: Mitigation wedges.
Discussion: May 2/3: Carbon mitigation wedges. Assignment due.
May 4: Design for the environment. Life cycle assessment. LCA Handout.
May 6: Implementing energy sustainability: Research at UCSD. Guest lecture: Professor Jan Kleissl, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Week 7: Energy and Climate Change
May 9: Alternative energy: energy requirements and conservation. (Short presentation by Green Campus at the start of class.)
- Lewis, Nate S., 2007. "Powering the Planet", Engineering & Science, No. 2, 12-23.
- Brown, Ch. 9 "Harnessing Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy".
Discussion: May 9/10: Life cycle assessment implementation. Assignment due: prelinary paper plan. Preliminary paper plan due as assignment.
May 11: Alternative energy: hydro, solar, wind
May 13: Alternative energy: Difficult and impossible options (Geothermal, tidal, waves, carbon sequestration, and geoengineering)
Week 8: Land Use and Urban Planning
Week 9: Transportation
May 23: Personal vehicles: electric cars, natural gas, hybrids
- Godoy, M., 2007., "CAFE Standards: Gas-Sipping Etiquette for Cars", NPR, 17 June 2007.
- Korzeniewski, J., 2010., "New Federal CAFE standards officially released, 34.1 mpg by 2016", autobloggreen, 1 April 2010.
- Nissan Leaf wins 2011 World Car of the Year, Kim Hartman, Digital Journal, 22 April 2011.
- Progressive Automotive X-Prize runner-up car gets 207.5 MPGe, Bob Yirka, PhysOrg.com, 9 May 2011.
- $25,000, 350-mile-per-charge electric car could be reality by 2017, DOE says, Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times Greenspace Blog, 13 May 2011.
- Curitiba, Brazil: Three decades of thoughtful city planning,, dismantle.org
- McKibben, Curitiba: A Global Model For Development, CommonDreams.org, 8 November 2005.
Discussion: May 23/24: Assignment due. Transportation planning for UCSD: Trains, buses, and automobiles. Assignment due.
May 25: Transportation planning. Paper 2 due 9:30 am to Turnitin.com (which you should access via WebCT). Please bring a hard copy to class.
May 27: Extending the trolley to UCSD. Guest lecture: Greg Gastelum, Project Development Program Manager, and Dave Schumacher, Principal Planner, both from SANDAG.
Reading/class preparation:Reminder: Complete your CAPE evaluation to give us feedback on the course this year and help next year's faculty and TAs figure out how to improve the course.
May 30: Memorial Day. No class.
- Sachs, J. et al., 2009. Biodiversity conservations and the Millenium Development Goals, Science, 325, 1502-1503.
- UN Millenium Project, 2006, About MDGs, What they are, UN Millenium Project Historic Web site
- Addison, K., undated, Appropriate technology: Journey to Forever, web page.
- Ridley, K., 2006. Can soap operas save lives? Ode Magazine, April 2006.
- Union of Concerned Scientists, 2011. What you can do about global warming.
- Brown, Ch. 12 "Feeding Eight Billion", Ch. 13 "Saving Civilization".
Discussion: May 30/31: No discussion due to Memorial Day holiday. Optional independent visit to Birch Aquarium: Raising awareness of environmental challenges: The role of education and public outreach. Bonus assignment may be submitted anytime up until 10 am June 3.
June 1: Revisiting population: Reducing poverty, improving education, feeding the world.
June 3: Strategies for moving forward. What to expect for the final exam.