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ESS 70A Sustainable Energy Systems

Winter Quarter 2019

This course addresses the question of how modern energy services can be provided sustainably and the challenges and barriers that must be overcome in order to do so. We will discuss the major environmental issues surrounding fossil energy: climate change, air pollution, and resource demands, introduce the global politics of energy and climate, and assess the potential of and barriers to reducing energy demand, generating low-carbon/clean energy, reducing air pollution, sequestering carbon, and intervening in the climate system.

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ESS 60C Global Environmental Issues

Spring Quarter 2017

What are the major environmental issues facing the planet today? What underlying characteristics do these problems have in common, and are there policies and approaches that may be effective in resolving them? This course will cover a wide range of problems, ranging from overfishing, antibiotic resistance, climate change, pandemics, food insecurity, and deforestation.

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ESS 158 Sustainable Systems Analysis

Last Taught in Fall Quarter 2016 Next Scheduled for Fall Quarter 2018

The overarching goal of this course is to give you the analytical skills necessary to engage and assess the sustainability of coupled human and natural systems and to effectively communicate your findings. The course will be structured around group research projects (2-3 students per group), with every phase of the projects entailing components of (1) class lecture, (2) homework and (3) class discussion.

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Miscellaneous Public Talks

video    Physical Sciences Dean's Breakfast Lecture, UC Irvine, May 2014

video    Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference, University of Washington, September 2014