The following is a list of some of the data sources that can be used during the course:
The following papers will complement the material discussed in class; they can be accessed through the Dalhousie library website:
Each week, all members of the class are expected to write a review
on the week’s paper.
One member of the class will volunteer to do a detailed review of the paper, using additional material as required (a minimum of three supporting papers), and lead a discussion to explain the paper in greater depth. The detailed review should be at least 4 pages in length.
All other members of the class are to write a one or two page summary of the paper (references, other than to the paper, are optional).
Research papers should be accessed through the Dalhousie library website.
Reviews are due (in class) on the day of the presentation.
Week 1: 11 September 2018
A review of the BBC series Planet Oil: The Treasure that Conquered the World (three one-hour episodes). The principal reviewer is to review all three episodes; everyone else can review any of the three episodes (or more if desired).
The series is available on BBC Two, TVO, and other sites (search "planet oil"). If the third episode is not available on these sites, it can be found elsewhere.
Week 2: 18 September 2018
The tradeoff between water and carbon footprints of Barnett Shale gas
Syeda Mariy Absar, Anne-Marie Boulay, Maria F. Campa, Benjamin L. Preston, Adam Taylor
Journal of Cleaner Production
Volume 197, Part 1, 1 October 2018, Pages 47-56
Week 3: 25 September 2018
Geopolitical dimensions of US oil security
Jim Krane and Kenneth B. Medlock III
Energy Policy Volume 114, March 2018, Pages 558-565
Week 4: 2 October 2018
Is Russia building too many pipelines? Explaining Russia's oil and gas export strategy
Energy Policy Volume 108, September 2017, Pages 1-11
Week 5a: 9 October 2018
Are renewable energy subsidies in Nepal reaching the poor?
Dipendra Bhattarai, E. Somanathan, and Mani Nepal
Energy for Sustainable Development
Volume 43, April 2018, Pages 114-122
Week 5b: 10 October 2018
Impacts of an ice-free Northeast Passage on LNG markets and geopolitics
Michael Schach, Reinhard Madlener
Michael Schach, Reinhard Madlener
Volume 122, November 2018, Pages 438-448
Week 6: 16 October 2018
Demonstrating climate mitigation technologies: An early assessment of the NER 300 programme
Max Åhman, Jon Birger Skjærseth,Per Ove Eikeland
Volume 117, June 2018, Pages 100-107
Week 7: 23 October 2018
Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene
Will Steffen, Johan Rockström, Katherine Richardson, Timothy M. Lenton, Carl Folke, Diana Liverman, Colin P. Summerhayes, Anthony D. Barnosky, Sarah E. Cornell, Michel Crucifix, Jonathan F. Donges, Ingo Fetzer, Steven J. Lade, Marten Scheffer, Ricarda Winkelmann, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America
6 August 2018
Week 8: 30 October 2018
Demand modelling in district heating systems within the conceptual design of a waste-to-energy plant
Ondrej Putna, Frantisek Janostak, Radovan Somplak, Martin Pavlas
Volume 163 (2018), pages 1125-1139
Week 9: 6 November 2018
Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems
B.P. Heard, B.W. Brook, T.M.L. Wigley, C.J.A. Bradshaw
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume 76, April 2017, Pages 1122–1133
For a copy of the term Country project, click here.
Click here for a list of news items that pertain to material covered in the course.
Click here for a copy of Assignment 1. Assignment 1 is due 16 October 2018.
Click here for a copy of Assignment 2. Assignment 2 is due 9 November 2018.
Click here for a copy of Assignment 3. Assignment 3 is due 7 December 2018.