Introduction

This course introduces students to the science of climate change, drawing attention to the latest research and evolving pattern of scientific data on climate that has emerged in recent years. In addition, emphasis is given to analyzing the social changes and adaptations that human communities have already made and those they will most likely have to make as the Earth's climate continues to change in the coming years. Special attention is given to the diplomatic efforts that have been launched since the creation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. 

Meet The Author

William R. Moomaw

William R. Moomaw

Professor of International Environmental Policy, Tufts University

William Moomaw, founded the Tufts Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and the Tufts Climate Initiative, and co-founded the Global Development and Environment Institute.

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Timothy C.  Weiskel

Timothy C. Weiskel

Research Director, Cambridge Climate Research Associates

Timothy C. Weiskel graduated magna cum laude from Yale University. He trained as a social anthropologist and historian as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford and the École Pratique des Hautes Éudes in Paris. Following fieldwork in West Africa, he received a DPhil from Oxford University and returned to the US to teach anthropology and history at Williams College, Yale, and Harvard.

Weiskel has published several books and articles including Environmental Decline and Public Policy: Pattern, Trend and Prospect (Pierian Press, 1992), which is based upon his 1988 testimony presented to the United States Senate in support of legislation to limit carbon emissions. His current research concentrates upon belief systems within cultures and how core cultural beliefs can either facilitate change or block change over time.

In 2001, he co-founded The Climate Talks Project along with Professor William Moomaw of the Fletcher School at Tufts University. This group has convened scholars, business leaders, nongovernmental organization activists, journalists, and concerned citizens to discuss effective means of mobilizing civil society to respond to the evolving global climate crisis.

Weiskel convened the Cambridge Climate Research Associates (CCRA) and founded Food-Matters.tv and Transition-Studies.tv to provide current news and information to students and fellow faculty working in the realm of environmental science, environmental ethics, and the conditions required for free and objective inquiry into the environmental future facing the human community. Weiskel consults with schools, universities, corporations, municipalities, and national governments to create on-site and online training programs to help them envision the necessary transformations we must all now undertake to move toward a post carbon-fueled world.

 

DPhil, University of Oxford

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