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This course explores how race, socio-economic status, and interest group politics interact with and affect the formulation and implementation of US federal and state environmental policies. Do low income and minority populations, whether residing in urban or rural communities, bear a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution and its health consequences? We examine both evidence and opinion that there exists within the United States, as well as globally, a pattern of environmental inequity, injustice, and racism. We also evaluate the contention that underlying this pattern is a historical failure of the mainstream environmental movement to provide for the needs of traditionally marginalized communities. Students will write two essays and also complete a short online quiz.

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This course focuses on the science of climate change, drawing attention to the latest research and evolving pattern of scientific data on climate that has emerged in recent years. Emphasis is given to analyzing the social changes and adaptations that human communities have already made and those they will most likely have to make as the Earth's climate continues to change in the coming years. We also explore diplomatic efforts and related policy that has been launched since the creation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) in 1992. Students will complete weekly, online quizzes and also participate in an online discussion group.

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