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Global warming is a topic in which the scientific and political dimensions are equally complex and completely interrelated. The class will begin with a fast tutorial of the physical and biological scientific basis for concerns about global warming, as well as the contours of the debate among economists, sociologists, ethicists, ecologists, business and environmental stakeholders and policy makers. Two important topics that will be included are the range of feasible adaptation and mitigation options available to cope with scientific projections; and the challenge of explicitly separating value-laden judgments from scientific judgments.
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of speakers from different policy arenas and perspectives-government agency, NGO, legislative, media, and scientific. The workshop will combine lectures and discussions with group projects, role-playing, and field trips. For example, we may recreate media debates and congressional hearings. We plan to visit Jasper Ridge Ecological Preserve.
The course is for students currently registered in graduate programs at Stanford who will be continuing in the Fall.