Global Warming: Solutions for You, Your Community, Your Country, and the World

Global Warming: Solutions for You, Your Community, Your Country, and the World

1 graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. A. Frederick (Fritz) Hasler
Research Meteorologist Emeritus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Adjunct Professor, Meteorology, University of Utah

This course will document for the PK-12 teacher the science behind Global Warming and the consequences of inaction. Global Warming is only one aspect of the Environmental Degradation that confronts our Planet. Other aspects of Environmental Degradation include, air and water pollution, deforestation, devastation of natural fish populations from over fishing, degradation of agricultural lands, depletion of aquifers, extinction of species, etc. that are caused by many types of human activities. Minimization of Environmental Degradation from all causes should motivate us to reduce our "resource-use footprint" on the Planet and to encourage others to do the same. Learn what things will work and what things don't work. The teacher will learn how to convey this message to students and parents and help students use Internet sites and the course material make their own presentations.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Arthur F (Fritz) Hasler

Dr. Arthur F (Fritz) Hasler, has studied at the Universities of Wisconsin and Munich Germany earning a B. S. in Applied Math & Engineering Physics, as well as MS and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He spent most of his 40-year professional career at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center after terms at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder and the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique in Paris. He as also spent considerable time at the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen Germany and in Salt Lake City on assignment during the 2002 Olympics. He retired from NASA in April of 2005 and is now a NASA Emeritus Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Hasler's research has involved estimation of winds using satellite imagery. He has written 45 scientific papers describing his research. In recent years Hasler has been primarily involved in visualization for scientific analysis and public outreach and production of HDTV movies. Dr. Hasler is famous for his visualization of severe weather events that have appeared in scientific and popular literature and on television such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, THE WEATHER CHANNEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & French TV, as well as on the covers of National Geographic, TIME, Popular Science, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, the Weekly Reader, and in the TIME/LIFE Collection of Great Photographs of the 20th Century. He has developed the NASA/NOAA Earth Science (E)lectronic Theater and has taken it on tour across US, Europe, South Africa, Australia/New Zealand, SE Asia, and Japan. Dr. Hasler has received numerous honors and awards including the NASA/GSFC Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Excellence in Outreach Award, and the 2005 AIAA Barry Goldwater Award for public outreach. The award, won the previous year by presidential candidate John McCain was presented to him by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. He retired from NASA in 2005. In retirement he holds the titles of NASA Emeritus Research Scientist, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah. He continues to present the Etheater across the US and around the world. He has recently written three graduate level on-line courses on Earth Science from Space, Evidence of Global Warming from Space, and Solutions to Global Warming. Hasler speaks German, French, and Spanish.

Dr. Arthur F Hasler
NASA GSFC Emeritus Scientist
University of Utah Adjunct Professor
PSIA Certified Alpine Ski Instructor

Course Syllabus

Course Introduction

This course will explain to the PK-12 teacher that the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that Global Warming results from human caused increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Climate scientists also agree that Global Warming is having serious negative consequences on the planet now and that they will only get worse in the future if nothing is done. Global Warming is only one aspect of the Environmental Degradation that confronts our Planet. Other aspects of Environmental Degradation include, air and water pollution, deforestation, devastation of natural fish populations from over fishing, degradation of agricultural lands, depletion of aquifers, extinction of species, etc. that are caused by many types of human activities. Minimization of Environmental Degradation from all causes should motivate us to reduce our "resource-use footprint" on the Planet and to encourage others to do the same. There are many things that can be done to reduce Environmental Degradation (e.g. conservation and efficiency increases in buildings, manufacturing, and transportation, conversion to clean energy sources, sustainable consumption, better farming practices, etc).

Learn what things work and what things don't work. Learn the how and why of the winners like Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and the losers like ethanol and hydrogen fueled cars as well as the gotchas like the mercury in CFLs that require proper disposal. Learn how the field is constantly changing and how methods and policies must be frequently updated for maximum effect. This course presents micro-scale methods that individuals can use, the meso-scale methods that communities can use and the macro-scale methods that national governments, the world and industry can use to reduce Global Warming and Environmental Degradation.

The teacher will learn how to convey this message to students and parents and help students use Internet sites and the course material make their own presentations.

NOTE: Some of the materials for the course are drawn from Dr. Hasler's famous NASA Earth Science Electronic Theater that he has presented all over the world. There is also some overlap with Dr. Hasler's two other Viterbo-online courses: The Blue Marble, and Global Warming: Evidence from Space, Solutions on Earth (GWESSE). Lesson 1 in this course is the same as Lesson 1 in GWESSE. If you have taken GWESSE you may skip lesson 1 in this course or treat it as a review. If you have not taken GWESSE you may skip lesson 6 or use it as extra credit towards a higher grade.

Course Composition

The Adams State College Graduate Studies in Education has adopted a Teacher As A Reflective Decision Maker Model and the Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure, as known as INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards. Each course is designed to contribute to the development of one or more of the WI/INTASC Standards and if applicable, IRA and/or ISLLC Standards.

Franciscan values permeate the program. The focus of every professional education course is on the learning of the PK-12 pupil. Viterbo education courses infuse constructivist practices, use of technology, PK-12 collaboration, awareness of diversity, traditional and authentic assessment, research and real-world experiences into the professional development of the teacher.

Required Reading

Lesson 1

The 4th IPCC climate assessment (2007): Executive Summary
http://www.ipcc.ch/
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 1995
Jared M. Diamond, professor of geography at University of California, Los Angeles
Part II Describes past societies that have collapsed: Read the chapter on Easter Island, Optional Reading: Chapters on the Greenland Norse, and Implications for the Modern World

Lesson 2

The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy-Smart: Paul Scheckel ,May 2005
Utah Clean Energy Home Energy Checklist
http://www.utahcleanenergy.org/eeresidential/documents/HomeEnergyAudit-extended_FINAL2.pdf
Edmunds.com Fuel Economy "We Test the Tips"
http://www.edmunds.com/advice/fueleconomy/articles/106842/article.html

Lesson 3

Nahb's Model Green Home Building Guidelines
http://www.nahb.org/publication_details.aspx?publicationID=1994§ionID=155
Utah Clean Energy Strategy Document
http://www.utahcleanenergy.org/documents/Utah_EE_Strategy_Full.pdf

Lesson 4

Clean Energy Act of 2007: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Energy_Act_of_2007
Tackling Climate Change in the U.S.
http://www.ases.org/climatechange/

Lesson 5

Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century Global Status Report
http://www.ren21.net/pdf/RE2007_Global_Status_Report.pdf

Lesson 6

No Required Reading

Graduate Credit

1 graduate credit
Adams State College tuition: $55

Graduate level credit is provided through Adams State College. The Department of Teacher Education at Adams State College is accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and has program authorization from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

To be eligible to receive credit, students must do the following:

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  3. Complete the online course at a satisfactory level of assessment, according to the completion requirements outlined by the instructor on the course syllabus.

It does not matter in what order the two payments are performed.

Registering for credit from Adams State College is optional.

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SKU SCED589-V108
ASC Tuition 55.00
 
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