Our environment is our home; we live in it, we depend on it, we alter it, and the cycle goes on. In this class we will explore a variety of environmental issues in the SF Bay Area. By no means will this be a comprehensive list, nor will it be an exhaustive investigation into any one issue. Instead, we will see a cross section of issues that affect our home and our lives, past, present and future. It is more important, however, to learn how to analyze environmental issues than to memorize a list of them. We will focus on understanding the underlying physical processes and investigate solutions and their consequences. Every problem has a complex social context.