The Global Warming Paradox

Course Description

Preference to freshman. Focus is on the complex climate challenges posed by the substantial benefits of energy consumption, including the critical tension between the enormous global demand for increased human well-being and the negative climate consequences of large-scale emissions of carbon dioxide. Topics include: Earth's energy balance; detection and attribution of climate change; the climate response to enhanced greenhouse forcing; impacts of climate change on natural and human systems; and proposed methods for curbing further climate change. Sources include peer-reviewed scientific papers, current research results, and portrayal of scientific findings by the mass media and social networks.

Course Details

  • Non-Standard Schedule: This course follows a different set of dates and deadlines for the Summer Quarter. Please see the Summer Session Non-Standard Schedule Calendar for more details.
  • Grading Basis: Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit
  • Additional Note: Introductory Seminar
  • Limited Enrollment Details: Preference to rising Stanford first- and second-year students who haven't had the opportunity to previously take an Introductory Seminar.
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