Proposed Budget Cuts
“At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
Same reading as last class. We are going to discuss the risks from climate change as outlined in the IPCC report.
IPCC Graphics Topics 2&3 Edited
Climate Change Law in the News (check back for breaking news)
The New White House Page on Climate Change
An America First Energy Plan
We will discuss this in class.
Kahan, Dan M., Climate-Science Communication and the Measurement Problem (June 25, 2014). Advances in Pol. Psych., 36, 1-43 (2015). (SSRN-id2459057: Edited for presentation)
We are going to start our discussion of climate change by looking at the cultural cognition problem – what shapes people’s beliefs about scientific issues? Do the people you disagree with just not know the facts?
Read this article through page 37. This research explores the critical distinction between what a person knows and what a person believes, or put another way, what a person knows as opposed to who the person is. This has important implications for communicating information about controversial subjects such as climate change. It is also fundamental to trial practice: you have to persuade jurors to believe your story, not just know your story.
The article is well written, but can be heavy going. Pay attention to the graphs. Look carefully at the section that discusses why telling people that 97% of scientists believe something is not a good way to get them to change their mind.
There is a section on climate change beliefs in south Florida starting on page 33. I disagree with the author here on using this as an example of a community that has accepted climate change despite their political divisions. My question: are you really accepting climate change/sea level rise if the actions that you take in your plan cannot work if sea level rises? This has direct application to Louisiana.
All the assignments will be posted to this blog. Check before class for breaking news updates. I reserve the right to use class participation points.
Seating – this is a small class in a big room. Please sit toward the center on the first few rows.
Climate in the News
Earth on the edge: Record breaking 2016 was close to 1.5°C warming
President Obama’s Last Piece on Climate Change
The Extremes of the Climate Debate
We are all going to die – soon
From Season 3, Episode 3 of Newsroom:
Is this so crazy? See: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/11/climate-desk-fact-checks-aaron-sorkins-climate-science-newsroom
It is just a liberal plot:
It might be getting warmer, but who knows why?
A thoughtful skeptic:
Evaluating science in the media
The Canadian House Hippo
The Impact of Global Warming on Louisiana
Sea level rise is the major global warming threat to coastal Louisiana and New Orleans. We are going to have a representative from NOAA in class to talk about the effects of relative sea level rise on coastal Louisiana.
Tim Osborne: The Realities of the Coast and It’s Populations
Please review these articles before class:
Scientists say Louisiana’s latest projections for coastal flooding are grim, but realistic
With gloomier estimates, should coastal plan look further than 50 years?
As we will discuss later in the course, even these articles overstate the possibility of coastal restoration. For example, the best evidence is that river diversions will not build land at all:
Pictorial Account and Landscape Evolution of the Crevasses near Fort St. Philip, Louisiana