OLLI courses:

OLLI COURSE-FALL 2017

this page was updated 10/23/2017; pebelanger@glassdesignresources.com

Contemporary Issues Regarding Climate Change and Solutions – Belanger OLLI West FALL 2017

started September 26th, OLLI’s 3rd week for the remaining 6 weeks (thru October 31)

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SPRING 2017

OLLI WEST LECTURE SERIES GIVEN ON APRIL 7TH, 2017: Mitigating and Adapting to our Future 

WAS Taught on MONDAYS Spring 2017

OLLI WEST: Mitigating & Adapting to our future: Extreme Weather Events, a Worldwide Energy Revolution and Geoengineering options (new course); Mondays 1-3 p.m., March 27th-May15th (possible NREL tour)
Paul Belanger and Phil Nelson


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WAS Taught on THURSDAYS Spring 2017

OLLI SOUTH: Earth’s Climate: Past, Present and Future – concerns and solutions (4th time): Thursdays 9:30-11:30, March 30th-May 18th

Paul Belanger

Archive page – CLICK HERE – 2014-2017


Facilitator: Paul Belanger; pebelanger@glassdesignresources.com; cell 303-249-7966

 

 Readings:

All readings will be handouts distributed weekly by e-mail or hard copies handed out in class for those without Internet access; please advise me of the latter. The readings will include excerpts from books, articles, and web site links. There are no required books for this course, although I might suggest some for those wishing to delve more into the topics at hand.


 Three books to consider – Climate summary books pdf:

  • Simple succinct Summary – HIGHLY recommended as pre-requisite: 

What We Know About Climate Change (Boston Review Books) by Kerry Emanuel (Nov 30, 2012)
Kerry

p. 76: “…costs may be high and those paying them are not likely to be serious beneficiaries of their own actions. Indeed, there are few, if any, historical examples of civilizations consciously making sacrifices on behalf of descendents (sic) two or more generations removed.”

That’s what the discount rate is about. In that regard we need a social paradigm shift

  • Intermediate Level Book:

Earth: The Operators’ Manual by Richard B. Alley (Apr 18, 2011)
Alley

Hay

  • Earth in Human Hands by David Grinspoon (Amazon)

    A planet with Brains – it’s up to us

 VIDEOS – HHMI:

Videos of Naomi Oreskes – from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

  • HHMI: Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future – In four presentations, plus a Q/A session, leading scientists Andrew H. Knoll of Harvard University, Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, and Daniel P. Schrag of Harvard University guide us on an exciting exploration of the history of life on Earth and discuss present-day concerns about climate change.

details:

Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future
 

Summary

Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth’s climate in the distant past tell us about the future?

 
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Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth’s climate in the distant past tell us about the future?

Modern humans have lived on Earth for only the past 200,000 years—not even a blink of an eye in the history of a planet that is about 4.6 billion years old. Scientists have discovered a rich fossil record of animal evolution going back more than 600 million years and a much richer one of microbial life starting almost 4 billion years ago. Throughout this time, the geologic record reveals that dramatic changes have occurred to Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, climate, and land forms, which match major biological transitions.

In four presentations, leading scientists Andrew H. Knoll of Harvard University, Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, and Daniel P. Schrag of Harvard University guide us on an exciting exploration of the history of life on Earth and discuss present-day concerns about climate change.

In This Series (5)

by Andrew H. Knoll, PhD

Microbes have been the dominant life form throughout Earth’s history. Eukaryotes and animals evolved only after microbes…

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(Duration: 1 hr 28 min 29 sec)

by Naomi Oreskes, PhD

The theory of plate tectonics took many decades to become accepted. The process by which it was finally accepted provides a…

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(Duration: 57 min 59 sec)

by Daniel Schrag, PhD

Earth has been both cooler and warmer in the past, but the change is usually gradual. The current rate of carbon dioxide …

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(Duration: 1 hr 27 min 59 sec)

by Naomi Oreskes, PhD

Scientific evidence for global climate change is overwhelming, yet the American public remains skeptical. History provides…

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(Duration: 58 min 29 sec)

by Andrew H. Knoll, PhD and Daniel P. Schrag, PhD

A discussion on climate change with the students attending the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science.

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Play Discussion

(Duration: 58 min 23 sec)

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