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To prepare for this assignment, students will read a New York Times article, "Third-World Soot is Target in Climate Fight," by Elizabeth Rosenthal http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/science/earth/16degrees.html. This article and additional references are given in the Instructor's Notes below. In class, students will generate a list of broad topics that the article has touched on, adding new topics that may come up during the discussion (for example, health effects, climate change, use of solar technology and improving stove efficiency, land use, black carbon legislation). The jigsaw method is used to form two sets of working groups. Within the first small group, each student will become knowledgeable on one topic related to the impacts of black carbon. Students in the second, multi-topic group will work together to create a concept map and short collaborative paper. This activity connects household energy use to a wide variety of related topics, from social implications of time spent wood-gathering to air pollution and respiratory problems in the poor, to low-cost solar technology and climate change.
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