This is an informal working where I post interesting climate change teaching resources.
The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation
State of the Climate 2014 – NOAA
Online courses and teaching materials
This is a MOOK on climate science communication. I have not reviewed the lessons, but their video on Antarctic ice and the myth that it is increasing is great:
I suspect there are many parts of this that would be useful in climate change classes.
A great collection of climate change and energy teaching resources.
Foreign Law Cases
Dutch Climate Case
Indian Drought Case
Conventional wisdom suggests that energy efficiency (EE) policies are beneficial because they induce investments that pay for themselves and lead to emissions reductions. However, this belief is primarily based on projections from engineering models. This paper reports on the results of an experimental evaluation of the nation’s largest residential EE program conducted on a sample of more than 30,000 households. The findings suggest that the upfront investment costs are about twice the actual energy savings. Further, the model-projected savings are roughly 2.5 times the actual savings. While this might be attributed to the “rebound” effect – when demand for energy end uses increases as a result of greater efficiency – the paper fails to find evidence of significantly higher indoor temperatures at weatherized homes. Even when accounting for the broader societal benefits of energy efficiency investments, the costs still substantially outweigh the benefits; the average rate of return is approximately -9.5% annually.
Atmospheric chemistry teaching materials
Ocean current teaching materials
Field, Christopher B, Vicente Barros, Thomas F Stocker, and Qin Dahe, Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation: Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2012).
The Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), presents longterm annual projections of energy supply, demand, and prices focused on the U.S. through 2040, based on results from EIA’s National Energy Modeling System (NEMS). NEMS enables EIA to make projections under alternative, internally-consistent sets of assumptions, the results of which are presented as cases. The analysis in AEO2014 focuses on five primary cases: a Reference case, Low and High Economic Growth cases, and Low and High Oil Price cases. Results from a number of other alternative cases also are presented, illustrating uncertainties associated with the Reference case projections. EIA published an Early Release version of the AEO2014 Reference case in December 2013.
NAS Climate Change Project – original link
Burger M, Carlson AE, Gerrard M, Hein JF, Schwartz JA, Benes KJ. Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act. Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School. 2016. (International air pollution provision)
A new EPA report, Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action, estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. This report summarizes results from the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project, a peer-reviewed study comparing impacts in a future with significant global action on climate change to a future in which current greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
The report shows that global action on climate change will significantly benefit Americans by saving lives and avoiding costly damages across the U.S. economy.
Carbon Tax/Cap and Trade
EPA Power Plant Rule
Clean Power Plan Final Rule – August 2015
CBA for social cost of carbon, also good adlaw case on CBA
Brief of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondents, ZERO ZONE, INC., et al., Petitioners, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, et al., Respondents., No. 14-2147, 2016 WL 4177217, at *1 (7th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016)
State of the Climate – NOAA
State Climate Change Programs
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, 730 F.3d 1070, 1077 (9th Cir. 2013), cert. denied, 30 June 2014. The USSC let’s stand the opinion upholding California’s plan to regulate transportation source emissions. This was attached for allocating too much carbon to the life-cycle analysis of ethanol.
Books on climate science and politics
Articles on climate science and politics
The consensus on climate change
Sea Level Rise
Ocean warming may well turn out to be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation. This report represents the most comprehensive review to date on ocean warming. To build up the report, leading scientists from around the world were invited to join with colleagues to contribute individual chapters. It contains many recommendations from the scientists on capability gaps and research issues that need to be resolved if we are to tackle the impacts of ocean warming with greater confidence in the future. The focus of the report is on gathering facts and knowledge and communicating this to show what is now happening in and to the ocean. There is purposefully much less focus on political ramifications. We hope that this report will help stimulate further debate and action on such issues.
Includes draft plan on coast
Storm Surge Inundation (SLOSH Maximum of Maximums)
Great teaching tool for extreme weather and sea level rise, along with the maps from Climate Central:
Surging Seas – Climate Central
The NOAA maps pick up where Climate Central leaves off because Climate Central only goes to +10 and that is not even a big storm for those of us on the Gulf Coast.:-)
International Water Issues
National Security Issues