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Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet

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Overview

Climate change has loomed large for decades, its damaging effects increasingly acknowledged by scientists, politicians and businesses alike. With the negotiation and ratification of the sweeping Paris Agreement in 2016, that acknowledgment has turned into commitment to prevent further global warming.

But how do we turn commitment into action?

Learn about emerging solutions and debate best approaches to climate action in this free massive open online course.

Among the topics covered in Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet:

  • The science behind reducing global greenhouse gas emissions
  • What businesses and government can do to decarbonize the economy
  • The role of agriculture in reducing emissions
  • How satellites are being used to identify high-emissions areas
  • Case studies of emissions reduction from Russia and Australia
  • The actions communities and individuals can take to make climate action a reality

Syllabus

Module 1A: Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement (Part 1)
1.1 The Goal: < 2°C (Part 1)
1.2 The Goal: < 2°C (Part 2)
1.3 The Carbon Budget (Part 1)
1.4 The Carbon Budget (Part 2)

Module 1B: Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement (Part 2)
1.5 Deep Decarbonization: Reaching Net-Zero by the Second Half of the Century (Part 1)
1.6 Deep Decarbonization: Reaching Net-Zero by the Second Half of the Century (Part 2)
1.7 Sources and Sinks: Energy, Land Use, CCS (Part 1)
1.8 Sources and Sinks: Energy, Land Use, CCS (Part 2)
1.9 Uncertainties, Precaution, and Insurance (Part 1)
1.10 Uncertainties, Precaution, and Insurance (Part 2)

Module 2A: Deep Decarbonization: The Three Pillars and National Case Studies (Part 1)
2.1 .Deep Decarbonization Pathway Planning and Mid-Century Strategies
2.2 The Three Pillars of Decarbonization
2.3 Case Study: US Deep Decarbonization (Part 1)
2.4 Case Study: US Deep Decarbonization (Part 2)

Module 2B: Deep Decarbonization: The Three Pillars and National Case Studies (Part 2)
2.5 Case Study: Russia Deep Decarbonization
2.6 Case Study: Canada Deep Decarbonization
2.7 Case Study: Australia Deep Decarbonization
2.8 Challenges in the Decarbonization Transition

COURSE BREAK 1

Module 3: Low Emissions Electricity & Renewables
3.1 The Role of Innovation to Reduce Emissions
3.2 Innovative Off-Grid Energy Solutions
3.3 Renewables: Solar
3.4 Renewables: Wind
3.5 Nuclear Power
3.6 Transmission, Energy Storage and Grid Integration
3.7 Life Cycle Analysis

Module 4: Agriculture and Emissions
4.1 Earth Observations for Climate Mitigation
4.2 The Need to Reduce Uncertainties in Global Land-Use Information
4.3 Global Crop Models and Their Potential to Assess Mitigation Options in Agriculture

Module 5A: Monitoring Land Use (Part 1)
5.1 Mitigation on Land and the SDGs (Part 1)
5.2 Mitigation on Land and the SDGs (Part 2)
5.3 GHG Mitigation in Agriculture (Part 1)
5.4 GHG Mitigation in Agriculture (Part 2)

Module 5B: Monitoring Land Use (Part 2)
5.5 Using System Analysis for Globally Consistent National Mitigation Planning (Part 1)
5.6 Using System Analysis for Globally Consistent National Mitigation Planning (Part 2)
5.7 Case Study: Brazil’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution
5.8 Supply Chain Solutions to Deforestation: Evidence from Brazil

COURSE BREAK 2

Module 6: Policy Tools for the Transition to Low-Emissions
6.1 Principles of Public Policy
6.2 Putting a Price on Carbon (Part 1)
6.3 Putting a Price on Carbon (Part 2)
6.4 Intellectual Property, Access, and Innovation
6.5 Climate Fairness & Justice (Part 1)
6.6 Climate Fairness & Justice (Part 2)

Module 7: Low-Emission Solutions and the Business Community
7.1 Business Solutions for Climate Change
7.2 Technology Partnerships to Tackle Climate Change
7.3 Business Action in Practice: Renewables
7.4 Sustainable Transport Systems
7.5 The Role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)

Course Conclusion: Public Actions Necessary to Reach 1.5°C

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