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University of Colorado Boulder

How Do We Manage Climate Change?

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera


In this course, learners will identify the types of actions that we can pursue to address climate change. These actions fall into two broad categories: 1) mitigation, which refers to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or enhance carbon sinks, and 2) adaptation, which refers to our preparations for climate impacts. We will explore the technologies, programs, and policies related to both mitigation and adaptation. Learners should leave the course with an improved ability to identify and evaluate climate actions undertaken by communities, governments, and businesses.


  • Overview of Climate Action
    • We will define and discuss examples of mitigation and adaptation.
  • Reducing Emissions
    • We will dive deeper into climate mitigation, examining the various strategies for reducing emissions. We will also explore some of the policy tools, like carbon pricing, that can motivate and accelerate emissions reductions.
  • Managing Climate Risk Through Adaptation
    • We will define climate risk, and demonstrate how adaptation strategies attempt to address different drivers of risk.

Taught by

Joseph Casola


4.8 rating at Coursera based on 56 ratings

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