Arguing for or against anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change

For the written assignment of GSC 103, you will be required to write a 2000 word essay
arguing for or against anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. A hard copy of
the paper is due in class April 10th. Late papers received between April 10th and 15th
will receive half credit. Papers will not be received after class on April 15th. Electronic
copies of papers will receive half credit.
The purpose of this assignment is to get you to think critically about climate change, and
arguments in favor and against. Therefore, you will be graded not on your conclusion,
but rather on the quality of your argument.
You MUST include references for statements, arguments, and any data which you
present. Wikipedia is obviously a good place to start, but layman science journals are
much better. Good examples are Popular Science, New Scientist, National Geographic,
etc. Several professional scientific journals, such as Nature and Science may also have
accessible editorials on scientific topics, and scientific organizations such as NASA or
the American Geophysical Union may have statements or editorials on the subject. You
might also consider the UNE?s IPCC Summary for Policymakers, although it gets pretty
I encourage you not to reference blogs unless you can definitely establish their
credibility (for example, if you can show that the author is an actual climate scientist
working at a known institute).
Honors students MUST include at least one peer-reviewed scientific paper as a
reference. Good places to look for more easily understood papers are journals such as
Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). These
journals tend to include short, general papers intended for the broader scientific
community. Another place to look is review articles. These tend to be longer articles
giving a historical background and current state of a specific topica you would only need
to read the part of a review paper that was relevant to your topic. Most journals publish
review articles, but some journals, such as Quaternary Science Reviews or Annual
Review of Earth and Planetary Science, focus almost exclusively on review articles.
The scientific literature is usually searched using Web of Science (Woos), which should
be accessible to you through the UM library website. While WoS is strongly
recommended, Google Scholar can also turn up useful results. Wikipedia articles on
scientific subjects often contain references to scientific articles; however, these are
generally more specific and technical than the types of articles recommended above.

ps. I am an International student, so please do not use very difficult vocabulary.