Having watched one of Naomi Oreskes’ presentation on the Merchants of Doubt students will discuss the history of climate change theory. We will start with a brief timeline of scientific research on climate change. Then we will work in groups to study the greenhouse effects of carbon dioxide based on Spencer Weart’s digital version of The Discovery of Global Warming. We will close with a discussion of technological efforts at climate engineering. Students will discuss James Fleming’s Chemical Heritage article, “Manufacturing the Weather.”
- Oreskes’ presentation
- James Hansen’s Ted Talk
- More information on Hansen’s Tax and Dividend
- Course files (Climate Change Timeline)
- Inhofe’s 2003 Speech
- Read Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Calorie Man” (the first half of the pdf)
- In the comments below, answer these questions:
- In Bacigalupi’s WindUp world, food is measured in calories and energy in joules bound up in springs. In what ways does reducing these staples to homogenized, commensurable numbers symbolize a dystopian future.
- How is science to blame for the dystopia?
- How different is this dystopian future from our modern reality?