Classes

PUAF 699Z: Energy Policy

Section: 
0101
Semester: 
Spring
Offered: 
2012

An interdisciplinary introduction to the science, technology, economics, and politics of energy use in human societies. After an introduction to the scientific principles of transforming energy sources into usable services, we investigate specific technologies and discuss their impact on geopolitics and the environment. In doing so we examine the role of energy in national security, the prospects for nuclear power, wind, solar, and other alternative technologies, the relationship of energy and development, and the implications of climate change for energy technologies and innovation.

PUAF 741: Global Environmental Problems

Section: 
0101
Semester: 
Fall
Offered: 
2011

Suitability of analytic tools for examining global environmental problems, human overpopulation, land abuse, ozone depletion, climate change, acid rain, loss of biological diversity, the scarcity of food, fresh water, energy and nonfuel mineral resources, and health hazards of pollutants toxic metals and radiation.

PUAF 798K: Climate Science & Policy

Section: 
0101
Semester: 
Fall
Offered: 
2011

Scientific knowledge and uncertainties on climate change; investigate the international process created to link this science with policymaking; root causes of greenhouse gas emissions and possible technological trajectories to mitigate them; perspectives and investment strategies of a diverse group of corporations; links between climate change, extreme events, and human security; carbon and greenhouse gas markets.

PUAF 798K: Climate Science and Policy

Section: 
0101
Semester: 
Fall
Offered: 
2012

International policies on emergent world problems increasingly depend on harmonizing scientific knowledge, inert sociotechnical systems, and shifting political demands. This course examines one specific but extensive problem --global climate change-- from multiple perspectives to help illuminate aspects of this complex interplay.

PUAF 741: Global Environmental Problems

Section: 
0101
Semester: 
Fall
Offered: 
2012

About a generation ago, many environmental problems came to be seen not only as issues for a