HISTORY 102 - A History of the Present
Section: 001 Climate Change, Nuclear Power, and Energy Futures: a Post-Fukushima History
Term: WN 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Will the world soon build hundreds of nuclear power plants to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change? Only a few years ago, many thought so. Then, in March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan. Three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered core meltdowns. Hydrogen explosions at the reactors spewed radioactive material into the air, rendering the region near the plant uninhabitable. Radioactive water leaked into the ground and spilled into the Pacific. As Japan reeled, industry spokespeople insisted that the accidents were a fluke. Newer, “inherently safe” reactor designs, they argued, could not suffer such accidents. Nevertheless, in the aftermath of the accident, Germany and Switzerland joined many European countries in renouncing nuclear power. All of Japan's nuclear plants currently remain closed. Their political future is highly uncertain while the Fukushima cleanup — which will take several decades — grinds on. Meanwhile, China is building 30 new reactors.

What are the likely impacts of climate change on human societies? Is nuclear power off the table as a partial solution? What are the prospects for renewable energy supplies? This course offers essential historical perspectives on climate, energy, and the nature of planetary risks.

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

Open to anyone no prior background in science, engineering, or history is required.

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HISTORY 102 - A History of the Present
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (DIS)
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 9780195078701
Historical perspectives on climate change, Author: Fleming, James Rodger., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1998
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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