Fall 2015
    Law No.: LAW9013
    Sched. No.: 115821165

Climate Change: Science, Markets, and Policy*
Section 1
Cannon, Jonathan Z.
Lawrence, Deborah

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):M, 1710-1940 (WB103)
Capacity:15 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**
Current Enrollment:15 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**

Course Description:


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar will provide multiple perspectives on what many consider the greatest environmental issue of our time and one with far-reaching implications for how we and future generations will live and do business. Our goal will be to explore the linkage between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and changes in the earth’s climate; the impacts of climate change on environmental conditions and natural resources; and the potential for engaging markets and public institutions to address those impacts. We will start with a review of the science, including projections of climate change under alternative future scenarios. We will then turn our attention to the world’s energy markets, which are responsible directly or indirectly for the great majority of humankind’s greenhouse gas emissions; our particular focus will be on the dynamics of those markets and their capacity for change. We will review the legal regimes now in place that offer some ability to address climate change, our experience under those regimes, and proposals for more robust climate change laws now before the U.S. Congress and international bodies. Finally, we will relate these proposals to what we will have learned about climate change and energy markets in an effort to assess their political viability, fairness, efficiency and effectiveness. No special scientific or policy expertise is required for this seminar. The course may be of interest to students destined for corporate practice as well as those with traditional environmental interests.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.

ENROLLMENT NOTE: 10 seats are being reserved for graduate students in the Department of Environmental Sciences at instructors' request.

Course Requirement:Reflection papers due during course, and a substantial research paper. Submission deadline for substantial research paper is at the end of the final examination period.
This course is on the approved upper-level writing requirement course list.