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Spring 2011 - 61936 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Energy and Climate Change - Policies & Challenges

Instructor(s): Lucon, Oswaldo
Unique Number: 61936
Day & Time: F 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 1.320
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course provides an overview of the ongoing initiatives in emerging economies and other developing countries to address the challenges posed by climate change. It starts from a background in Energy: physics, renewable and non-renewable sources, available resources. Next, it covers topics related to social and economic development: GDP, human development index, energy access, social welfare, vulnerabilities. The third part is related to environmental impacts, especially those from climate change but also other significant, e.g. air pollution, land and water use, biodiversity losses, toxic wastes, oil spills. Next, are presented technical/technological solutions for mitigation: energy efficiency, renewables, distributed energy, pollution prevention and control. The fifth part will cover trends in energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Finally comes the core of this course: policies. Will be presented an overview of climate change negotiations, international policies related to trade, environment and sustainable development. National and sub national policies will be described, with a special focus on Latin America but also covering China, India, small islands, Sub-Saharan Africa and others. Policy framework covers, inter alia, topics like greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation to climate change, vulnerability assessment, land use planning and ecological-social-economic zoning, integrated environmental assessment in policymaking, targets and timetables in policies, financing and taxation, carbon markets, technology access and transfer, research, development and deployment, sustainable production and consumption patterns.


This course is cross-listed with LAS 381 #40724 (originating department) and GRG #396T