Nov. 22, guest lecture, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Ethics of Climate Change.
Nov. 24, Assignment 3 due (hydraulic fracturing, wind farms). Instructions.
Dec. 1, Exam 3, in class. No final exam.
Structure: same as exam 1, 4 short answers and short essay. Only weeks 9-12 are covered.
Review questions are available at the end of the lecture notes.
How to do well:
- Come to class and pay attention.
- Do not use laptops or other electronics, for these reasons.
- Read the text carefully and critically.
- Prepare detailed answers to review questions.
Question from last week: How many people should there be in the world?
Why do forests matter?
Pine forests in B.C. are being wiped out by pine beetles: CBC article.
The spread is the result of forest management and climate warming (warmth, droughts).
Feedback loop: warming -> beetles -> carbon increases -> warming.
More on forests and climate change (UN).
Web site on climate progress.
Issues: logging, clearcutting.
Reject jobs vs. environment conflict: sustainable communities are parts of healthy biophysical systems.
Instrumentalists vs. intrinsic value view of nature.
Natural entities have rights to evolve.
Principles of deep ecology:
Applications to ecoforestry (selection from 16):
Rejects view of forests as industrial resource (John Locke).
Alternative: love and respect Mother Earth.
Gaia hypothesis: earth as a single living entity.
Evidence-based environmentalism vs. ecomysticism.
Canada Forest Accord. Forests are part of Canadian identity.
Connections with wildlife policy.
Issues about Barriere Lake:
How Algonquin values about nature differ from Euro-American ones:
Ignorance: people don't know the evidence
Motivated inference: goals bias beliefs: see my August blog post.
Anxiety-driven inference avoidance: see my October blog post.
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Nov. 9, 2011