internationally-acclaimed researcher and award-winning
educator Richard Alley in an exploration of the role of
energy in our environment and our future. Energy use has
done great good for humans by giving those in the
developed world the equivalent of 100 energy "serfs" to do
our bidding, making up roughly 10% of the economy, and
powering most of the economy. However, the unintended
consequences of energy use are affecting people around the
world and changing the climate in ways that will make life
much harder. Numerous options exist for development of a
sustainable energy system that provides a stronger
economy, more jobs, and greater security that is more
consistent with ethical principles. The course explores
“Energy, the Environment, and Our Future” will combine
student-centered instructional materials and film clips
from the PBS TV series Earth: The Operators' Manual, also
hosted by Richard Alley, to tell the history, present, and
possible futures of human energy use.
(Subject to change before course begins)
● Lesson 1. Sustainability: Why Energy Matters (and Money) ● Lesson 2. What is Energy—Units and Such; What we use, and how much good it does ● Lesson 3. Oil, Coal and Natural Gas, Drilling and Fracking and Reserves ● Lesson 4. Global Warming I—Physics ● Lesson 5. Global Warming II—History and Impacts ● Lesson 6. Options: Solar, Wind ● Lesson 7. Options: Geothermal, Waves, Tides, Nukes ● Lesson 8. Options: Conservation ● Lesson 9. Options: Geo-Engineering ● Lesson 10. Economics ● Lesson 11. Policy Options ● Lesson 12. Ethical issues
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Antoaneta Letsoalo completed this course.
Energy, the Environment and Our Future is a masterful mix of physics, technology, economy, law, politics and ethics with focus on climate change and human behavior. Really complex and complicated issues are presented in a friendly, well illustrated way....
Energy, the Environment and Our Future is a masterful mix of physics, technology, economy, law, politics and ethics with focus on climate change and human behavior. Really complex and complicated issues are presented in a friendly, well illustrated way. All the material is supported with good graphics, nice pictures and videos and referrals to other tools. The activities are well designed to deepen the understanding of the topic and the discussion fora are a safe place to express opinion. The quizzes assist one's own assessment on how well the topic is mastered. I really enjoyed the experience and have been recommending the course since its beginning 9 weeks ago. Well done and thank you very much to the authors! You are very generous human beings!
LauraChurcher completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This was a course that covered a broad range of topics on energy usage and climate change. It requires little or no scientific background and was very collaborative - most of the grading was based on discussions and activities.
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course. Richard Alley is a fantastic, deep thinking and fun teacher. A republican, but an honest researcher. Superbe course.