Let's start with some basic definitions and an explanation of the themes we will relate course material to:
Lecture 1 presents material covered in Chapter 1 of Energy Systems & Sustainability, 2/e (2012) describing our current national and global energy systems, sustainable energy systems and how they are viewed by folks with different points of view and introduces some means by which we could improve our energy systems.
1.2: What are energy systems?
1.3: The present global energy system
1.4: What is a sustainable energy system?
1.5: The case for sustainable energy: why it matters
1.6: Transitioning to low-carbon energy systems
Additional resources & links of interest:
Alarm as study reveals world's tropical forests are Huge Carbon emission source (the Guardian, 2017)
INTERACTiVE: How american's think about climate change, in six Maps (Popovich , NYTimes, 21 Mar 2017)
Student's choices: [I'll be posting the articles you choose for writing assignments here.]
22 Sep: Read Chapter 1 with focus on Fossil fuels to Renew able energy (p. 7 - 9) and Environmentalist (p. 21 - 25).
24 Sep: Weekly writing assignment: choose an article and clear your choice with me by email. Write up your review for next Thursday. I will look at drafts if you get them to me by Tuesday.