October 30, 2008

Global Warming

In one of Mount Allison's newest classes, Science 1001, we are being taught about global warming. But, as a class created specifically for non-science students, it emphasizes more of the big picture, what the conclusion of all the scientific work has been, rather than the calculations themselves. One of the major topics in that class has been on the topic of global warming. We looked at the scientific evidence for human-caused global warming, but we also discussed public policy. In order to look the bigger picture he had us watch the following video:



We went from the framework that even if we had no idea whether global warming was happening we should still act, to reviewing the validity of arguments for and against it. We discussed how in science there are not absolute certainties, but given the evidence that global warming is not caused by humans, or that it will not have a large impact is overshadowed tremendous amount of evidence that it is caused by humans and it will have a giant impact on our daily lives.

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