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UGEB 2114 氣候、能源與生命 Climate, Energy & Life

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UGEB 2114
UGEB2114
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氣候、能源與生命
Climate, Energy & Life
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3
             
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大學通識B範疇
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Description
Climate change is a subject of great interest to all concerned about the future of mankind. However, very few people realize that climate has always been changing since the formation of the Earth. Even fewer people realize that the living things in their totality exert a significant influence in shaping the evolution of the climate itself. One striking feature of the current climate change is that it has arisen from the action of one single species Homo sapiens, owing to its ability to master the use of an enormous amount of energy.

This course presents the story of the Earth's atmosphere since its inception up to the current time, illustrating the close interactions between the physical world and the living world. Observations about the life phenomenon are discussed, including the role of energy in the sustenance of life, individually and collectively. The changing climate has provided the context for the development of life on Earth, in terms of dispersion and diversity. The glacial periods have also shaped the habits and character of human beings.  The arrival of the recent warm interglacial period facilitated the emergence of agriculture, enabling human beings to capture and utilize more energy in their life cycles. It brought about major changes to human beings' way of life as well as significant disruptions to the delicate balance in nature. Major turning points in history such as the emergence of civilizations, the conflict between nomads and pastoralists, wars and maritime colonialism are discussed in the climate context. 

Industrial revolution and modern consumerism are discussed in terms of their energy consumption and the associated emission of greenhouse gases, which has given rise to the current man-made climate change.  Other aspects of this enormous use of energy are discussed, including urbanization, the attrition of the self and human beings' increasing detachment from nature. Latest projections of the climate in the 21st century and the potential consequences are presented. How the human world would deal with the potential of hazardous climate change will be explored, including the particular problems faced by China as it is about to develop further. It would be a time to reflect on the core human values and how they are to be expressed in the new low-energy world.

Learning Outcome
Students are expected to develop a general and comprehensive understanding of the "climate change" subject from a multi-disciplinary perspective and to appreciate that climate is the result of the intimate interactions between the physical world and the living world. The course will discuss climate change from multiple perspectives of several physical and social sciences such as climatology, geography, geology, biology, history, and cultural and political studies. Therefore, students will not only gain basic knowledge of geophysical concepts and rules of climate, energy, and life, but also learn how climate change arises from the complex interactions between the physical environment and human society in geological and historical times. They will also learn to realize the phenomenal impacts of consumerism with its attendant energy expenditure, in the last half century on the Earth's climate. As concerned world citizens, students will need to be equipped with these capabilities and knowledge in order to better understand the emerging challenges posed by global warming and adopt mitigation measures for sustainable development.
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2017Sem1:學位 120|註冊 116|剩餘4
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