This course explores the environment through the lens of human influence. We will discuss human behavior as it relates to the treatment and use of the environment, from a geographical perspective. We will focus on spatial dimensions of global environmental issues, which includes Earth's subsystems, population growth, land-use change, industry and uneven development, specific examples of the human footprint, and climate change.
This opening lecture will describe what geography is and why it provides an excellent platform in which to discuss global environmental problems.
This lecture will explore how Earth receives and distributes energy, as well as the role of the four subsystems and how they interact to create a natural order.
This lecture highlights the role of carbon and carbon cycles on Earth and discusses the "natural state" of ecosystems and biodiversity on the planet.
This lecture will examine how human population increase has contributed to environmental problems, as well as how uneven development has given environmental problems two faces.
This lecture illuminates the scale of agriculture on the planet surface, while discussing the environmental impacts of such activities, both in developed and developing nations.
This lecture discusses Earth's forest resources and how the reduction of these wooded regions, particularly in the tropics, can and had contributed to global climate problems.
This presentation highlights some important aspects of anthropogenic pollution, its causes, and what sources contribute to surplus atmospheric carbon.
This lecture briefly explores that various types of waste, waste paradigms, and environmental issues associated with waste.
This presentation explores various angles of mining, from what is mined to extraction methods and their side-effects, as well as laws.
This presentation outlines the various kinds of fossil fuels used for conventional energy, distinguishes power energy from mobility energy, and highlights the environmental concerns with fossil fuel dependence.
This presentation returns to the initial discussion of the Tragedy of the Commons and summarizes how you can use this information to improve our world.
Hello! My name is Brian McCabe and I am Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton in the Department of Geography and I also teach part time at Irvine Valley College, in the Orange County region of Southern California. Although I mainly teach live classes now, I have extensive experience teaching online courses. My first teaching job was with the University of New Mexico, where I was nominated for the 2009-2010 Outstanding Online Instructor of the Year Award! I believe that online classes can be wonderful vehicles for learning.
Educationally, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Indiana University and have Master's degrees in Geography (CSUF) and Geographic Education (Arizona State University).
I have not always been an educator. Before becoming an educator, I worked for major companies like Marriott Hotels and Starbucks Coffee Company. Working for these corporations allowed me to live all around the United States, travel the world, and gain real world experiences that continue to inform my instruction, to this day.
I have published two books. My first is entitled, "Geography is Dead: How America Lost its Sense of Direction (2012)" and an academic textbook entitled,"Regional Conflict and Cooperation: A Framework for Understanding Global Geography (2016)". Both are available online.