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Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions
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Climate change is an urgent problem. Because it is causing new weather extremes and fatal catastrophes, climate change is better termed climate disruption. Bending the curve to flatten the upward trajectory of pollution emissions responsible for climate disruption is essential in order to protect billions of people from this global threat. Education is a key part of the solution.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
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Textbook
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eScholarship
Author:
Max Auffhammer
Roger Aines
Veerabhadran Ramanathan
Date Added:
09/04/2019
The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Undertakes Innovative Action to Reduce the Causes of Climate Change
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The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe—a federally recognized Native American tribe in California—was one of 16 communities selected as a 2015–2016 Climate Action Champion by the Obama Administration for exceptional work in response to climate change.

The Tribe began its strategic climate action planning in 2008 and has become a regional leader in greenhouse gas reductions and community resiliency measures. To date, the Tribe has reduced energy consumption from 2008 levels by 35 percent and has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2018, utilizing a range of approaches—including aggressive energy efficiency upgrades, developing on-site renewable energy (biomass, solar, fuel cells, grid battery storage), and switching to green fuels (electricity and biodiesel).

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Environmental Science
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Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
11/03/2016
CFR InfoGuide: Deforestation in the Amazon
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The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) "Deforestation in the Amazon" InfoGuide provides a compelling look at the causes and consequences of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and is available online in English and Portuguese. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.

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Political Science
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Reading
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Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
12/14/2017
Climate Lessons: Environmental, Social, Local
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Climate Lessons was co-authored by first-year undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while exploring the influences of Earth systems and human systems on climate change and the communities at most risk. The book highlights key interests and insights of current students in their quest to create a better world.

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Political Science
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Textbook
Author:
Marja Bakermans
Date Added:
05/26/2021
Community Resilience to Climate Change: Theory, Research and Practice
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This reader is an Open Educational Resource, meant to accompany a graduate or higher-level undergraduate university course in climate change resilience, adaptation, and/or planning. While the material is geared toward students in urban and regional planning, it may also be of interest to students of urban studies, public health, geography, political science, sociology, risk management, and others.

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Political Science
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Textbook
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Portland State University
Author:
Dana E. Hellman
Vivek Shandas
Date Added:
04/30/2021
Confronting the political economy of climate change
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Students apply economics, politics and sociology to better understand why cap and trade is the preferred political approach, but also why it's potentially problematic.

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Political Science
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Dave Wells
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Environment, Climate Change and International Relations
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To state that climate change and environment issues are important to International Relations is an understatement. Mitigation and adaptation debates, strategies and mechanisms are all developed at the international level. Yet, the complexities of climate change make it a difficult phenomenon for international governance. In the wake of the 2015 Paris conference, this edited collection details current tendencies of study, explores the most important routes of assessing environmental issues as an issue of international governance, and provides perspectives on the route forward.

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Political Science
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Textbook
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E-International Relations
Author:
Ed Atkins
Gustavo Soza-Nunez
Date Added:
03/08/2019
The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands
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In this volume, Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have brought together the experts who can explain the evolution of public lands policies and politics in all their complexities. While their subject is complex, their prose is clear, and while their subject is torn by some of the most viciously self-interested, deceitful arguments in politics today, their prose is calm, factual, and evenhanded. No one should underestimate what a rare and valuable gift this is.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Textbook
Provider:
Open Oregon State
Author:
Brent S. Steel
Kathleen Dean Moore
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Global Climate Justice
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What distribution of adjustment costs for climate change mitigation is fair, and should be acceptable to the most (important) countries? Are there ways of framing the issue that could be more effective in galvanizing effective action?

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
University of British Columbia
Provider Set:
Open Case Studies
Date Added:
12/07/2016
Human Security in World Affairs: Problems and Opportunities (2nd edition)
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This first and only university textbook of human security, intended as an introductory text from senior undergraduate level up, and includes chapters by 24 authors that encompass the full spectrum of disciplines contributing to the human security field. It is based on the four-pillar model of socio-political security, economic security, environmental security and health security. The chapters include learning outcomes, extension activities, and suggested readings; a comprehensive glossary lists key terms used throughout the book. This textbook can be used in courses on international studies and relations, political studies, history, human geography, anthropology and human ecology, futures studies, applied social studies, public health, and more.

Subject:
Sociology
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Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Author:
Alexander Lautensach and Sabina Lautensach
Date Added:
06/18/2021
Intro to Climate Policy for Climate Adaptation Professionals
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This course will inform participants about climate adaptation policy in Canada and BC. It will allow them to consider how climate policy from international to local levels informs their professional functions and day to day activities on the job. It will cover, among other things, the basics of environmental policy, differences between climate mitigation and climate adaptation policy, overviews of key policy actors and tools, and policy gaps. It will also consider, in detail, examples of current policy-driven climate adaptation measures in specific areas from engineering to agriculture to hydrology and beyond.

The course format involves short video lectures, interviews with national to local experts, discussions and activities, resources and readings to respond to, and a final capstone activity.

Subject:
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
BCcampus
Author:
Michele Patterson
Date Added:
10/11/2021
Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis
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Climate change negotiations have failed the world. Despite more than thirty years of high-level, global talks on climate change, we are still seeing carbon emissions rise dramatically. This edited volume, comprising leading and emerging scholars and climate activists from around the world, takes a critical look at what has gone wrong and what is to be done to create more decisive action.

Composed of twenty-eight essays—a combination of new and republished texts—the anthology is organised around seven main themes: paradigms; what counts?; extraction; dispatches from a climate change frontline country; governance; finance; and action(s). Through this multifaceted approach, the contributors ask pressing questions about how we conceptualise and respond to the climate crisis, providing both ‘big picture’ perspectives and more focussed case studies.

This unique and extensive collection will be of great value to environmental and social scientists alike, as well as to the general reader interested in understanding current views on the climate crisis.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Book Publishers
Author:
Sian Sullivan
Steffen Böhm
Date Added:
11/17/2021