Bill McKibben, climate activist and author of Eaarth, was unable to travel to Mizzou due to Hurricane Sandy but made a virtual appearance October 31, 2012, to a packed Ellis Auditorium, sponsored by Coal Free Mizzou.
McKibben’s book is a text in the course Peace Studies 2184/ Sociology 2184, Global Environmental Policy Conflict. Peace Studies courses take a interdisciplinary approach, and in this course examining the global ramifications of climate change, it is important to include the physical sciences. A consensus of the world’s scientists agree that climate change is taking place, and it is caused by human activities of burning fossil fuels. This consensus has been reached at many international scientific committees over the years, the most recent being the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meetings to produce the Fifth Assessment Report. Already published are the reports:
The second report predicts that extreme weather events such as the highest temperature recorded in the past twenty years or the heaviest rainfall, will occur more frequently in the future. Some findings are presented for the Central United States; more will be released in 2014.
Peace Studies 2182 was first taught in Spring, 2012 by Professor Clarence Lo. That summer an online version of the course was offered by graduate instructor Jesse VanGerven, whose research on the policy debates over the future of nuclear power afforded further insights that benefited students.