Climate Change and Risk: A Multidisciplinary Risk Course
AbstractClimate change is one of the biggest risks we face. It is studied worldwide across many disciplines, such as atmospheric science, meteorology, oceanography, biology, botany, political science, economics, finance, law, insurance, and ethics, to name some. Yet risk studies, which itself is an assembly of multiple disciplines focused on probabilities, uncertainty, consequences and their management, has not really engaged the issue much except as to catastrophes and insurance. This article explains a course on climate change risk with studies across many disciplines.
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WEBSITES PROVIDED IN APPENDIX TO THE ARTICLE
Ice sheets and sea-level rise, from Australian government
Sea level rise paper with links
Sea levels: Rising Sea Levels A Threat to U.S. in New York Times
Sea level rise and San Francisco, on Living on Earth
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Sea level rise map
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investing in green technology, and low carbon prosperity, from World Economic Forum publications
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University of Maryland: Hidden Costs of Climate Change (report)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Global Change
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University of California Television: How Will Our Cities Cope With Climate Change
University California San Diego - Presentation on global warming
Earth Institute at Columbia University
Climate change law blog, from Columbia University Law School
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Air pollution, freeways, childhood asthma, at University Southern California
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Coal-fired power plants link pollution to deaths and disease
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Ship pollutants kill 60,000, from Bloomberg
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency on climate change
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