As the world’s population grows and becomes more affluent, human impact on the global environment also increases. This course examines a set of global environmental issues including population growth, ozone layer depletion, climate change, air pollution, the environmental consequences of energy supply and demand decisions and sustainable development. It provides an overview of the scientific basis for these problems and examines past, present and possible future policy responses.
As global populations grow and affluence increases the use of natural resources, pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions are increasing while undisturbed natural ecosystems are disappearing. As a result of unsustainable practices, the world is confronting increasing environmental challenges.
Princeton University can help lead the world to a more sustainable path. Under President Eisgruber’s leadership, Princeton University is planning substantial commitments to increasing sustainability on campus as both a vehicle for education and for environmental leadership. The...
Designed to improve students' skill, confidence and judgment in use of science in policy applications. Using case studies, real-world examples, and in-class exercises, in the areas of atmospheric and energy policy, the emphasis is on preparing both non-scientists and scientists to use, understand, and critique science in environmental policy applications. Exercises are scaled to the student's background.
Climate change is a global environmental threat that will have increasingly undesirable effects around the world in our lifetimes. International negotiations to limit the emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases (GHG) have not yet succeeded in placing needed limits on emissions. There is a very real possibility that current emissions of GHG have already committed the world to “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. There are, however, domestic initiatives to reduce GHG emissions. Our workshop will examine opportunities to reduce methane emissions from the extraction of... Read more about WWS 591c. Policy Workshop: State Policies on Hydraulic Fracturing
Climate change is a global environmental threat that will have increasingly undesirable effects around the world in our lifetimes. International negotiations to limit the emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases (GHG) have stalled. There is a very real possibility that current emissions of GHG have already committed the world to “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. There are, however, cooperative initiatives to reduce methane. Methane is a powerful short-lived greenhouse gas (approximately 20 (50) times as potent as carbon dioxide over 100 (20) years with lifetime... Read more about WWS 591e: Policy Workshop: Methane Mitigation - Technical and Policy Opportunities
Climate change is a global environmental threat which will have increasingly undesirable effects around the world in our lifetimes. International negotiations to limit the emissions of long lived greenhouse gases (GHG) have stalled. There is a very real possibility that current emissions of GHG have already committed the world to “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. Given current and projected GHG emissions and the domestic and international political situations, the goal of this workshop is to identify fast action technological and regulatory strategies to reduce... Read more about WWS591e: Policy Workshop: Post-Copenhagen Climate Change Initiatives: Fast Action Mitigation Strategies
As the world population grows and becomes more industrialized, human impact on the global environment also increases. This course examines a set of global environmental issues such as population growth, climate change, ozone layer depletion, air pollution, loss of biological diversity, depletion of global fisheries, and the environmental consequences of energy supply and demand decisions. It provides an overview of the scientific basis for these problems and examines current and possible future policy responses.
Compelling evidence that climate change is occurring as a result of emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion now exists. In addition, increasing global demand for oil in the face of limited global supply is driving up oil prices. For both these reasons there is a growing need and interest in reducing our demand for fossil energy and replacing fossil fuel based energy with alternative energy sources that do not contribute to climate change nor increase our dependence on foreign oil. Although the U.S. federal government has taken little action to mitigate climate change, states,... Read more about WWS402d: Policy Task Force - Development of Policy Initiatives for the Sustainable Use of Energy at Princeton University
Science and technology are having an increasing influence on modern society and the natural environment is increasingly stressed by human activities. How scientific information is framed can have a large influence on technical and environmental policy development and implementation. This course presents a set of basic methods and tools for analyzing technical policy issues with an emphasis on environmental issues. Topics include: order-of-magnitude estimation; modeling for policy evaluation; risk assessment and risk communication; and analysis of science assessments for policy makers on...
Energy issues are increasingly in the news. Following Hurricane Katrina domestic gasoline, natural gas and home heating fuel costs increased dramatically. Debate continues over opening the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. Questions of national security surround Middle Eastern oil supplying nations. Geoscientists are predicting that the world is reaching maximum annual oil extraction. With increasing demand for oil from China and India as well as other developing and developed nations, and limited future increases in oil production possible, a debate is beginning on whether... Read more about WWS-402d: Policy Task Force - Energy for Sustainable Development
Sustainable development has been placed on the international agenda through a series of international conferences organized by the United Nations. The first of these meetings was the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972 which was a critical catalyst in putting environmental issues on both national and international agendas. The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) otherwise known as the ‘Earth Summit’, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 resulted in a set of agreements on environmental issues ranging from...