Drs. Brian Powell and Glenn Carter
Spring, 2014: TR, 10:30–11:45a in MSB 307
Office Hours (Powell): M, 1:00–2:00 in MSB 211
Office Hours (Carter): W, 11:30–12:30 in MSB 230


All essays are typed, two-page, double-spaced documents due at the beginning of class on the due date. We recommend you draft your essay writing as much as you can without fear of what you are writing. Then, go back and edit it heavily to craft your message. More information on what is expected of the essays is available here. You should use a formal citation format as detailed in this example.

Assigned Essays

Essay 1: Due 9/2


Essay 2: Due 9/16

  • Gleick, "Roadmap for sustainable water resources in southwestern North America"
  • Nature editorial

Essay 3: Due 10/7

  • Biello, "The False Promise of Biofuels"
  • Cusick "Ocean Thermal Power Will Debut off China's Coast"
  • Totty "The For and Against Nuclear Power"

Essay 4: Due 11/6

  • Foley, et al. "Solutions for a cultivated planet"
  • Godfray, et al. "Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People"

Essay 5: Due 11/13

  • Hiss, "Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?" [PDF]
  • Cabin, "Nature is Dead. Long live Nature!"

Essay 6: Due 12/2


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