Spaceship Earth and Humanity

Dates:October 14 - December 9, 2020
Meets:W from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 8 sessions
Location:Online Zoom
Instructor:Forrest Hall
Fee: $210.00

This course will take place online via Zoom: Wed.. (10/14-12/9); 7:00-8:30 p.m. No class Nov. 25. EST

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Course Description

In a series of eight lectures, Dr. Hall will provide an overview of how the Earth's climate system is related to its atmosphere, its oceans, its ice caps, glaciers and its biogeochemical cycles. In his final two lectures, he will examine the impacts of human activities on these vital ecosystems and the subsequent feedback to the Earth's climate system. Dr. Hall will discuss the mitigation efforts humanity can do in order to maintain the habitability of Spaceship Earth; what each of us can do and how these efforts are being affected by the current political environment.

Lecture 1: Spaceship Earth-A 4.5 billion year journey. Lecture 2: The Earth's Atmosphere, Weather Systems and Climate. Lecture 3: The Earth's Hydrosphere and Climate. Lecture 4: The Earth's Cryosphere and Climate. Lecture 5: The Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate. Lecture 6: The Earth as a System. Lecture 7: The Anthropocene. Lecture 8: Post-industrial hominid Climate Adaptation and Mitigation.