3-8: Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change

Importance of this Unit to the Course

We now have discussed the first four key climate change questions, and we now need to focus on what to do about it. To better inform such decisions we need to know the societal impacts of climate change, which are given an overview in this unit.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline review; images only.)
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

  • Social Comments
  • Knowledge-building Comments
  • Ethical Comments
The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:
  • Unit Problem to Ponder:
    Why is increased climate variability, which leads to more floods and droughts, accompanied by increases in rodent-borne diseases? Hint: See Climate, Ecology, and Human Health, by Paul Epstein.
  • Unit exam questions from previous years
  • Unit discussions from previous years, available from the current online discussion page

Additional Reading