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:
> Systems diagrams: introduction (More Steam) [Short & Sweet]
> Systems thinking resources (The Donella Meadows Project)
> VIDEO: Introduction to systems thinking (Peter Senge, MIT, 2014)
> VIDEO: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast. (TED talk, Wujec, 2013)
> VIDEO: Simplifying complexity (TED, Eric Berlow, 2010)
> VIDEO: Sustainable systems (part 1 of 4) (Donella Meadows)
> BOOK: Thinking in systems: a primer (Donella Meadows, 2008) [find it at Hartness Library]
> Global climate change: vital signs of the planet (NASA)
> Losing Earth: The decade we almost stopped climate change (Rich, NYTimes, 1 Aug 2018)
> Domino-effect of climate events could move Earth into a 'hothouse' state (Watts, Guardian 7 Aug 2018)
> Opinion: Don't despair - climate change catastrophe can still be averted (Lewis, Guardian, 7 Aug 2018)
> VISUALIZATIONS & DATA: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (Yale)
> INTERACTIVE: How American's think about climate change, in six maps (Popovich, NYTimes, 21 Mar 2017)
> INTERACTIVE: You fix it: Can you get us within the climate budget? (NYTimes, 28 Aug 2018)
> INTERACTIVE: Bathtub dynamics and climate change simulator (MIT, others)
Energy systems / primary energy:
> BP Energy Outlook, 2018 Edition (BP)
> Global primary energy - statistics & facts (Statista: the statistics portal, current)
> Comparison of energy systems using life cycle assessment (World Energy Council, 2004)
Related to Chapter 1 of Rhode's Energy:
> Smoke gets in your eye: Development of the house chimney (Butler, The Ultimate History Project)
Student's picks F'17: [I'll be posting the articles you choose for writing assignments here.]
27 Aug: Read the foreward of Rhode's Energy... and start Chapter 1. I suggest that you answer the questions as you read.
Due 5 Sep: Week 1 short writing assignment posted above
Due 12 Sep: Week 2 short writing assignment posted above