Environment of the West
Instructor: Jon Christensen
Online Course Readings:
Please download, print out, read, and mark up these materials before the class session for which they are scheduled for discussion. After completing the readings, please add your comments to the course web log before we meet each week. And please check back regularly as this list will be updated.
July 30 & 31:
Stephen J. Pyne, "History with Fire in Its Eyes: An Introduction to Fire in America," Nature Transformed: The Environment in American History, National Humanities Center. See also Pyne's web site: http://www.public.asu.edu/~spyne/
Hugh M. Raup, "The View from John Sanderson's Farm," Forest History Today, 1997.
Phillip Reese and Mary Lynne Villenga, "Investigative Report: Danger Builds in Tahoe Tinderbox; Many Homes Near Lake Constructed Since 1990 Are in Flammable Forest," Sacramento Bee, July 7, 2007.
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "The Death of Environmentalism: Global Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World," October 2004.
August 9 & 10:
Mark L. Hessenflow and David L. Halsing, "A Simulation Model of Land-Use Change in the Lake Tahoe Basin of California and Nevada, as Used in a Decision-Support System," 3rd Biennial meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, 2006.
Alan D. Jassby et al, "Determining Long-term Water Quality Change in the Presence of Climate Variability: Lake Tahoe (U.S.A.)," Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 60 (2003), 1452-1461.
Theodore J. Swift et al, "Water Clarity Modeling in Lake Tahoe: Linking Suspended Matter Characteristics to Secchi Depth," Aquatic Sciences, 68 (2006), 1-15.
Philip E. Tetlock, "How Accurate Are Your Pet Pundits?" Project Syndicate/Institute for Human Sciences, 2006.
August 13 & 14:
Peter Kareiva et al, "Domesticated Nature: Shaping Landscapes and Ecosystems for Human Welfare," Science, June 19, 2007.
Roger A. Pielke, Jr., and Daniel Sarewitz, "Bringing Society Back Into the Climate Debate," Population and Environment, 26:3 (January 2005).
Q&A with Jenny Price in Grist magazine: "The Nature of a Plastic Pink Flamingo."
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