EC.719 | Spring 2019 | Undergraduate

D-Lab: Water, Climate Change, and Health


[M] Maslin, Mark. Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction. 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2014. ISBN: 9780198719045.

Other recommended course texts are available.

Week # TopicS Readings
1 Introduction & Weather Story No readings assigned.
2 Water, Climate Change, and Health Intro

[M] Chapters 8–9.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. “Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?The New Yorker, November 13, 2017.

Review past projects.


Pacal, S. and R. Socolow. “Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies.” Science 305, no. 5686 (2014), 968–972.

“The Nine Planetary Boundaries.” Stockholm Resilience Center. Stockholm University.

Strickland, Ashley. “After 15 Years, the Mars Opportunity Rover’s Mission Has Ended.” CNN, February 14, 2019. 

3 Climate 1

[M] Chapters 1–3.

Emanuel, Kerry. “Climate Science and Climate Risk: A Primer (PDF - 6.5MB).” pp 1–7.

Hawken, Paul. ed. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Penguin Books, New York, 2017. ISBN: 9780143130444.

Scan Drawdown for your favorite solution. Come prepared to share your pick(s) in class.

4 Climate 2

[M] Chapters 3 & 5.

Primack, Richard and Amanda Gallinat. “Spring Budburst in a Changing Climate.” American Scientist 104, no. 2 (2016): 102–109.

Albeck-Ripka, Livia and Brad Plumer. “5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change.” The New York Times, April 4, 2018.

5 Climate 3

[M] Chapter 4. 

Schneider, Tapio, Colleen Kaul, and Kyle Pressel. “Possible Climate Transitions from Breakup of Stratocumulus Decks Under Greenhouse Warming.” _Nature Geoscience_12 (2019): 163–167.

6 Climate 4

Cornwall, Warren. “As Sea Levels Rise, Bangladeshi Islanders Must Decide Between Keeping the Water Out–or Letting it In.” Science, March 1, 2018.

Glennon, Robert. “The Unfolding Tragedy of Climate Change in Bangladesh.” Scientific American, April 21, 2017.

Chen, J. and V. Mueller. “Coastal Climate Change, Soil Salinity and Human Migration in Bangladesh.” Nature Climate Change 8 (2018): 981–985.

7 Water & Climate Change

Watts, Nick, Neild Adger, et al. “Health and Climate Change: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health.” The Lancet 386, no. 10006 (2015): 1861–1914.


Workman, James. “Our House is On Fire. 16 Year-Old Greta Thunberg Wants Action.” World Economic Forum, January 25, 2019.

TEDx Talks. “School Strike for Climate—Save the World By Changing the Rules | Greta Thunberg | TEDxStockholm.” December 12, 2018. YouTube.

WWF UK. “Greta Thunberg Full Speech to UK Parliament | Climate Strikes.” April 24, 2019. YouTube.

8 Game

Meadows, Donella, Dennis Meadows, et al. The Limits to Growth (PDF - 43.4MB). Universe Books, New York, 1974. ISBN: 9780876639016. 


Meadows, Donella, Dennis Meadows, and Jorgen Randers. “Beyond the Limits to Growth.” The Donella Meadows Project.

Meadows, Donella, Dennis Meadows, and Jorgen Randers. Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004. ISBN: 9781931498586.

Climate Interactive Website.

9 One Health

Barrett, Meredith and Steven Osofsky. “One Health: Interdependence of People, Other Species, and the Planet.” In Jekel’s Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health. Saunders, 2013. ISBN: 9781455706587.


Papadopoulos, Andrew and Sarah Wilmer. “One Health: A Primer (PDF).” National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. 2011. 

Aguirre, Alonso and Gary Tabor. “Global Factors Driving Emerging Infectious Diseases.” _Animal Biodiversity and Emerging Diseases Prediction and Preventio_n 1149 (2008), 1–3. 

One Health on Wikipedia.

Gebreyes, Wondwossen, Jean Dupouy-Camet, et al. “The Global One Health Paradigm: Challenges and Opportunities for Tackling Infectious Diseases at the Human, Animal, and Environment Interface in Low-Resource Settings.” PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 8, no. 11 (2014).

One Health Initiative Task Force. “One Health: A New Professional Imperative.” American Veternary Medical Association, 2008.

10 MWRA Storm Water Management, Combined Sewer Overflows No readings assigned.
11 Oceans

Grossman, Elizabeth. “Northwest Oyster Die-Offs Show Ocean Acidification Has Arrived.” Yale Environmnet 360, November 21, 2011.

Houghton, John. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing. 5th Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2015. pp. 311–330. ISBN: 9781107463790. 


UN Environment. “Emissions Gap Report 2018.” United Nations Environment Progamme. November 27, 2018. 

12 Climate & Sustainability

Moomaw, William. “To Curb Climate Change, We Need to Protect and Expand US Forests.” The Conversation, May 8, 2017. 

Special Report: Global Warming OF 1.5 ºC—Summary for Policymakers.” The Intergovemental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

The Full Action Plan, With a Letter from President L. Rafael Reif.” MIT Climate Action, October 2015.

Massachusetts Climate Action webpage.


The Executive Summary of the Action Plan.” MIT Climate Action, October 2015. 

Update on the Plan for Action on Climate Change.” MIT Climate Action, April 2016.

13 SLR Case Study

Goodell, Jeff. “Walled Cities.” Chapter 7 in The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ISBN: 9780316260244. 

Goodell, Jeff. “Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning?Yale Environment 360, December 5, 2017.

14 Low Carbon Home No readings assigned.

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2019
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments
Projects with Examples
Lecture Notes
Instructor Insights