Global Warming: Man or Myth?

Scientists can also wear their citizen hats Educates My Students

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I teach MET295 – Global Climate Change to first and second year community college students.  MET295 is a three credit lecture course that serves as a science elective for the general student population.  Basic high school algebra is the only prerequisite.  (See the course outline.)

I used John Cook’s as the student resource for this semester’s research papers.  As you will see from the four example papers highlighted on this blog, information found at is accessible to the typical college student and likely to the general public.

The assignment:

Each student was randomly assigned a topic from Skeptic Arguments & What The Science Says.

Students were asked to carefully study all the information appearing in the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced tabs.

Students were required to summarize, in their own words, the information learned from researching the topic.  Students were also encouraged to use other resources, especially course notes, to help them complete the paper.  Students were to use proper APA Citation Style formatting within the content (parenthetical citing) and in a Works Cited page appearing as the last page.

I asked all students to please refer to the Term Paper Grading Rubric to maximize their final paper grades.


Sample of Four Student Papers Debunking Skeptic Arguments:

Skeptic Argument: Antarctic Is Gaining Ice debunked by Angela Flanagan

Skeptic Argument: Oceans are Cooling debunked by Ryan Maloney

Skeptic Argument: Hurricanes are not Linked to Global Warming debunked by Nick Panico

Skeptic Argument: IPCC is Alarmist debunked by Jason Quilty

Note: Each of these students gave me permission to post their papers and names on this blog.

Written by Scott Mandia

May 19, 2011 at 4:56 am

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  1. Good work!

    Hunt Janin

    May 19, 2011 at 6:31 am

  2. Well done to all the students.

    And yet another demonstration that SkS is not only a fantastic summary of scientific evidence but a valuable teaching tool. (My own feeling is that the presentations in the Advanced sections are a terrific example for students to see how technical writing can be both thorough and readable.)


    May 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

  3. Good idea Scott and kudos to the students. This is a great quote from Ryan’s paper:

    “John Adams once wrote, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

    One nit pick, there still seems to be some confusion as to the difference between a scientific hypothesis and a theory.


    May 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

  4. Scott, in the “making work for other people” dept., have you considered making your course notes available, to help other profs. planning on teaching such a class?

    The fewer hurdles they need to jump, the better… (or at least, if we can lower the height of some hurdles, the profs will have more time/energy for jumping others)

    Mandia: My MET101 and MET102 course notes are online but I cannot place MET295 online yet because some of the notes and some of the images are from a text that is not yet available to the public and the text is a bit fluid. Once that text is finalized, I may do so.

    Anna Haynes

    May 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

  5. (the *my* making work for other people)

    Anna Haynes

    May 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm

  6. What nonsense!

    Motl has done no research work whatsoever on climate science, so in terms of relevant qualifications he’s no better than John Cook. The emphasis being on “relevant”.

    And the very fact that you call Cook’s website “partisan”, without bothering to explain why, shows that it’s you who have a political axe to grind.

    — frank

  7. […] also see: Educates My Students to read four student papers from the spring 2011 […]

  8. Dear Professor,
    the student document’s links are not opening.

    Ankit Mittal
    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


    August 21, 2011 at 5:39 am

    • Ankit,

      The college Web server is currently down. Try back in the next day or two and they should work.

      Scott Mandia

      August 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

  9. Prof Mandia here’s a link you might want to send to Angela Flanagan


    February 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

  10. […] Other student papers from previous semesters may be viewed here and here. […]

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