Course Code: CCS
Term: On Demand
Open for Enrollment
Humanity has just about run out of time to address climate change. Scientists have pointed out that a rise in mean surface temperature of 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels will put the Earth in dangerous, uncharted territory. Yet we currently are on a path toward an increase of 4º or more this century.
Fortunately, solutions exist to deeply decarbonize the global energy systems, and put the world on a 2°C pathway: improvements in energy efficiency in the building, transport and industry sectors; the generation of low-carbon electricity, through a mix of renewable energies (wind, solar), nuclear, and fossil fuels with Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS); and the shift to low-carbon energy carriers in energy end-use sectors, such as electric vehicles.
During this course, you will learn about these solutions and how they can be applied in different national contexts, based on the results from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), a global initiative to show how countries can transition to a low carbon economy by 2050, and how the world can stay within the 2°C limit.
Please note that this course was created before the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris. We are offering it again now because we think much of the course is still relevant. We will be updating it in light of the developments at COP21 soon.
Climate Change Science and Negotiations is a single-semester course. Please ignore all references to a second semester.
Climate Change Science and Negotiations is an on-demand course. Rather than having a set number of weeks that a course is open, the course will be available in its entirety on April 1st with no closing date. This means that all lecture videos, quizzes, and readings have been uploaded to the platform and are available to you at once.
The lecture materials provided will be:
Course videos: Each lecture has about 5 video “chapters,” each posted as a video lecture.
Assigned reading: Each lecture has accompanying suggested reading materials, all of which will be free links. Please check the Course Reading tab for more information.
While we encourage students to use the Discussion Forum, the discussion threads will not be managed by SDSNEDU staff for this course. The Forum is still available on the right-hand side of the page, and we hope students will pose questions and thoughts to each other in this format!
Please be sure to direct any technical questions to EdCast at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about course content or SDSNEDU in general should be addressed to ASDCourseTeam@gmail.com or email@example.com.
All students who successfully complete the course will receive a digital certificate of completion, signed by the instructors. In order to successfully complete the course, students must score an average of 70% or higher on the quizzes and final, all of which are multiple choice. Students that score 85% or higher will receive certificates of completion with distinction. While this course is not credit granting, we encourage students to work with their own institutions to explore the option of granting credit for online coursework.
If you have any additional questions on the course structure or requirements, please email the CCSN Course Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or the SDSN Education Initiatives Team at email@example.com. For technical questions about the platform, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture 1: Towards a New Climate Change Agreement
Lecture 2: The Basics of Climate Change Science
Lecture 3: The 2-Degree Limit
Lecture 4: The 2-Degree Carbon Budget
Lecture 5: The Deep Decarbonization of Energy Systems
Lecture 6: The Key Technological Challenges of Deep Decarbonization
Lecture 7: Deep Decarbonization Pathways: Country Case Studies
Lecture 8: Energy & Development
Lecture 9: Main Challenges of Climate Change Negotiations
Lecture 10: Towards a New Climate Agreement Based on 2-Degrees Celsius
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Climate Change Science and Negotiations