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The time to address climate change is now. The mean surface temperature of the Earth has risen dangerously and spurred devastating impacts – and not just on natural ecosystems worldwide, but on daily human life. We are currently on pace towards a temperature increase of 4°C or more this century, while scientists and policymakers propose targets of just 1-2°C to avoid the total destruction of the planet.
In this course, learn solutions to mitigate the effects of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing temperature rise, and how to apply these solutions in different national contexts improvements.
This course was created before the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP21 – in Paris. While the political situation has shifted rapidly, this course provides a solid overview of the science behind climate change.
Climate Change Science and Negotiations is a single-semester course. Please ignore all references to a second semester.
This course is for:
Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in the fields of sustainable development, environmental science, sustainable business, international relations or related fields who are interested in the latest on climate change
Climate change activists who want a concise overview of the current issues shaping debate and action
Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors, such as corporate sustainability and responsibility groups and those who work in the technology or energy industries – who need to understand key issues and facts about climate change, including emissions targets and emerging regulations
Module 1: Towards a New Climate Change Agreement
The Challenge of Human Induced Climate Change
The History of Climate Change Science
From Kyoto to Copenhagen
Module 2: The Basics of Climate Change Science
The Earth’s Energy Balance
The Greenhouse Gases and Feedbacks
The Relentless Ride of CO2
Other Drivers of Climate Change
Recent History of Climate Change
Module 3: The 2-Degree Limit
The Business As Usual Trajectory
The Consequences of the BAU Trajectory
Limiting the Mean Surface Temperature Increase Below 2-Degrees Celsius vs. Pre-Industrial Levels
Debates Over the 2-Degree Celsius Limit
Module 4: The 2-Degree Carbon Budget
What is a Carbon Budget?
What is the Global Carbon Budget for the 2-Degree Limit?
What is the Global Emissions Reduction Pathway for the 2-Degree Limit?
How Does It Compare with the Potential Emissions from Fossil Fuel Reserves & Resources?
Module 5: The Deep Decarbonization of Energy Systems
What is an Energy System?
Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Trends
The 3 Pillars of the Deep Decarbonization of Energy Systems
A Global Mitigation Scenario
Module 6: The Key Technological Challenges of Deep Decarbonization
The Need for Accelerated Development of Low-Carbon Technologies
Key Technology Areas for RDD&D
Grid Management of Power Systems with High Penetration of Renewable Energies
Carbon Capture & Sequestration
Advanced Nuclear Power
Electric Vehicles and Advanced Biofuels
The Role of Technology Roadmaps and Roundtables
Module 7: Deep Decarbonization Pathways: Country Case Studies
Why Countries Need Deep Decarbonization Pathways to 2050
The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project
What We Learn From Countries’ Deep Decarbonization Pathways
Lessons for the Global Agreement on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris in 2015
Module 8: Energy & Development
Energy & Poverty
A World Without Modern Energy
Energy for All in Africa
How Climate Change Threatens the Poorest of the Poor
Sustainable Energy for All
Module 9: Main Challenges of Climate Change Negotiations
Efficiency & Fairness
Basic Principles of a Global Agreement
What is Fair?
Making an Agreement Stick
Problem-Solving Versus Negotiating
Module 10: Towards a New Climate Agreement Based on 2-Degrees Celsius
The Three-Tiered Structure of Mitigation Commitments
completed this course, spending 13 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This course was complicated but interesting. Professor Jeffrey Sachs discussed topics in depth, but the format was always as a lecture, and could be lengthy at times. The approach is academic. It brought us up to date on climate negotiations and the burning issue remains just how hard it is to get unaccountable states to agree to meaningful measures. States play too many games and cover this with international law: words may have particular meanings that are at variance with common usage. Aimed mostly at people who are left-brained, but the material is very relevant to our modern world.
This coarse makes you come across with the most common problem 21st century people are facing and shows you the way you are contributing to this problem.. Well organised lecture giving all details about the origin and solution of the problem. .Must take coarse for students
completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A Must-study course for those who are interested in global warming and climate change. The course detail discuss global warming in different aspect and the problems in negotiation between different countries.