Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Politics of Climate Change

Duke University

Environmental Studies

Fall 2018

Prof. Emily Diamond

Undergraduate seminar

Simulations,Group projects

We will analyze the political dynamics of climate change by focusing on the problem, the politics, and the policies at a domestic and an international level. In the first unit, we will focus on the problem of climate change. We will evaluate the scientific consensus established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the dynamics between science and society as studied in the political science literature. We will also look at the issue of climate change from an economic lens: why are global emissions a problem, and what does the economics literature tell us about how to solve it?