Spring 2018: Introduction to Mitigation and Adaptation Studies

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Question Set 1

  1. Why was the Holocene a “safe operating space for humanity” (SOSH)? Describe in which aspects the Holocene was different, and favorable to humanity, from other geological epochs.
  2. What, in your opinion, is the key circumstance that allowed humanity in the last century to grow as fast as it did and push the planet outside of the Holocene?
  3. What, in your opinion, are the most likely consequences of leaving the Holocene and transitioning into a new epoch?
  4. GRAD - Explain why adaptation to climate change is a super-wicked problem.

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Please, submit the answers by e-mail to the two instructors. Note that your answers to the questions should be concise and in a scientific writing style. Please, include your name at the top and the questions before each answer. The answers have to cite the sources consulted in writing the answer and a list of references. Citations and Reference have to follow the documentation style defined by the Council of Scientific Editors, known as the CSE style. See SSF-Guide or the WISC page for more information on the CSE style. Examples of correct references can be found here.

Questions marked with "GRAD" are to be answered only by students in the 500-level class.