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Welcome to  my course on climate change.  For a copy of the syllabus, click the link.

Here is a link to a short lecture introducing the course.  Introduction  The script for this lecture can be viewed here.  Introduction Script

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Coyote Series by Allen Steele

The first assignment is to read the dynamite novel Coyote by Allen Steele.  The national bestselling story of Earth’s first interstellar colonists-and the mysterious planet that becomes their home.  At first, this novel from Hugo winner Steele looks like a fairly conventional tale of high-tech intrigue-in this case, rebels against a right-wing American dictatorship plot to steal the prototype interstellar spaceship built to immortalize the government’s ideology by planting a colony of fanatics on another star’s planet. However, once the freedom seekers arrive on the new world, Coyote, things get a lot more interesting. Coyote is habitable but alien, full of flora and fauna that upset the colonists’ easy preconceptions. The young people, in particular, have to find their identities in a dangerous but wonderful environment; their discovery of what they can do individually as well as what they owe to the group nicely illustrates the name the starship’s captain, R.E. Lee, has given their settlement: Liberty.

Lecture by Dr. Nabors:

Coyote

Coyote Script

Videos:

Short video intro to Coyote

The Ethics of First Contact (Allen Steele speaks at a conference)

Articles:

Allen Steele biography

  1. Coyote (summary)
  2. Coyote Rising
  3. Coyote Frontier
  4. 3 potentially habitable planets

Pictures of Planets:

Earth-From-Space-Photo-650x750

Earth from the Moon

Sun from Pluto

Sun from Mars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does Sun from Pluto appear bigger and brighter than moon from earth?

Earth Seen From Mars

Sun From Mars

Edwin Jones Photography

Sun from Venus

Introduction to Climate Change

Lecture by Dr. Nabors:

Key Concepts

Key Concepts Script

Articles:

Global Warming

Calculating Global Temperature

Global Warming: Man or Myth?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Global Warming Potential

Methane and CO2 Global Warming Potential

Greenhouse Gas

Videos:

Climate Change in 12 minutes

Bruce Wielicki at Tedx

25 Alarming Global Warming Statistics

 

Brief History of Climate Change

Articles:

History of Climate Change Science

Climate Reality Project

Scientific Opinion on Climate Change

Videos:3 Scientific Method

Michael Mann at Tedx

Global Warming Yale Courses

Climate Change 2013 Working Group 1: The Physical Science

Climate Change in the State of the Science

Climate Change: why you should be angry

Fred Singer on Climate Change

 

Scientific Method

Lecture by Dr. Nabors:

Scientific Method

Scientific Method Script

Book:

The Magical Dozen-specifically Chapter 6

Articles:

Scientific Method

Francis Bacon

Four Idols of Francis Bacon

Summary and Response to Bacon’s Idols of the Mind

Deductive Reasoning

Inductive Reasoning

 

Al Gore

An Inconvenient Truth   (rent video on YouTube from $2.99)

An Inconvenient Truth   (buy book to read)

Lecture by Dr. Nabors:

Al Gore

Al Gore Script

Articles:

The End of the Line

Al Gore: The Future

Videos:

Al Gore Debates Global Warming

Al Gore gives 2013 Global Warming Reality UN Week

Al Gore at Folk Alliance

Al Gore on Averting the Climate Crisis

For more information:

Environmental Activism of Al Gore

 

Criticisms of An Inconvenient Truth

Lecture by Dr. Nabors:

Criticisms

Criticisms Script

Articles:

Climate Sanity

Himalayan Glaciers

Polar Bears

Shrinking of Lake Chad

 

From Tamiflu to Medical Research

This unit covers several different topics.  The lecture has been split into two parts, and all the accompanying articles and videos have been separated according to topic (seen in green type).

Lectures by Dr. Nabors:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 1 Script

Part 2 Script

  • Tamiflu

Articles:

Questions About Tamiflu’s Effectiveness

Tamiflu and Relenza

Does Tamiflu Work?

Videos:

Tamiflu Deceptions

  • Angioplasty & Bypass Surgery

Articles:

The Truth

A Cardiac Conundrum

Is Heart Surgery Worth It?

Marketing an Operation

Useless Medicine

What You Should Know

Videos:

The Great American Heart Hoax

  • Does the Source of Medical Funding Affect Results?

Articles:

Thomas Kuhn

Scientific American

Drug Industry Influence

Funding of Science

Pfizer Ads Come Clean About Lipitor

  • Cholesterol

The American Heart Association says: Your total cholesterol score is calculated by the following equation: HDL + LDL + 20% of your triglyceride level. A total cholesterol score of less than 180 mg/dL is considered optimal.

Books:

The Great Cholesterol Myth-buy it on Amazon for $11.29

Articles:

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Does High Cholesterol Really Cause Heart Disease?

Heart Attack Culprit

Why the Cholesterol-Heart Disease Theory is Wrong

Top Cardiologists Argue on Statins

Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease

 

What does tobacco causing cancer have to do with climate change?

Lecture  by Dr. Nabors:

Tobacco and Cancer

Tobacco and Cancer Script

Book:

Merchants of Doubt

Articles:

Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer

John Snow

Tobacco Smoking

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library

Tobacco Industry

Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

Ignaz Semmelweis

Water and Health newsletter

 

The Hockey Stick

Lecture by Dr. Nabors:

Hockey Stick

Hockey Stick Script

Book:

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars by Michael E Mann

Articles:

Michael Mann

Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036

Lies, Damned Lies and Hockey Sticks

The Hockey Stick-A New Low in Climate Science

Northern Hemisphere Temperatures During the Past Millennium: Inferences, Uncertainties, and Limitations

Mann, Bradley, and Hughes 1998

Proxy Based Reconstructions of Hemispheric and Global Surface Temperature Variations Over the Past Two Millennia

Subterranean War on Science

 

Political Aspects of Climate Change

Articles:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Videos:

NIPCC Climate Change

NIPCC Climate Change on Roger Hedgecock Show

IPCC’s darkest yet climate report

Greenpeace co-founder on Climate Change

 

Economics of Climate Change

Books:

Windfall by McKenzie Funk

Videos:

Al Gore Sells Network

Matt Lauer Grills Al Gore

McKenzie Funk at Tedx

 

Current Status of Climate Change

Check out this website full of talks and interviews with Michael Mann as he discusses climate change.  Michael Mann

 

 

Weather

Books:

Meteorology

Articles:

El Nino

Hadley cells

Videos:

Hadley cells

High Pressure Systems and Fair Weather

Pressure Systems

Tornadoes from Below and Above

How do tornadoes form?

 

The Role of China in Atmospheric Pollution-why bother to fight it?

 

Le Pari de Pascal

 

 

 

How Science Became Unscientific

 

Climate Change Supporters

Seeing is Believing

 

Climate Change Deniers

Articles:

Greenpeace co-founder

Videos:

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Lord Monckton on Global Warming

Debunking Lord Monckton Part 1

Debunking Lord Monckton Part 2

 

Long Term Cycling of Climate

Articles:

Milankovitch Cycles

Ice Ages and Milankovitch Cycles

Ice Age

Videos:

Global Warming or New Ice Age-only watch first 23 minutes

Scientists see a new Ice Age

 

Photosynthesis and Climate Cycling

Photosynthesis

CO2 Sequestration

Tree Growth caused by CO2 Increase

 

The Effect of Increasing Population on Climate

 

The Green Revolution and Beyond

Books:

Omnivore’s Dilemma

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Articles:

Green Revolution

Videos:

Michael Pollan: Omnivore’s Dilemma

Barbara Kingsolver talks 350

Barbara Kingsolver web exclusive

Norman Borlaug

Whole Foods Creation

Hidden Treasures at Whole Foods

 

What You Can and Can’t Do About Our Changing Climate

Videos:

Convert CO2: plant trees

Plant a Tree, Trap a Ton, Go to Zero

How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

 

Economic Uncertainties Ahead

 

Long Term Future of the Earth and Sun

Videos:

Spot on! Michael Mann

BBC Future Earth

Geoengineering: Destroying the Atmosphere

David Kieth Interview on BBC Hardtalk

Solar Radiation Management Governance

The Future of New Space

NASA received an SOS call from another galaxy

Science Fiction Authors Celebrate Space Week

 

How Humans Might Become Extinct

Topic List:

  • Pandemics
  • Resistance to Antibiotics
  • Aging Population-increased dementia and other diseases of the elderly
  • Water Quality and Quantity

Books:

The Human Race to the Future

Videos:

Ten Ways to End the World

Supervolcano: The Truth About Yellowstone

Yellowstone and the Caldera Super Volcano

Yellowstone Supervolcano ground raises 10 in