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. There are other courses, such as Climate Action: Our Changing Planet, that have been more recently updated.
Lecture 1: Towards a New Climate Change Agreement
Chapter 1: The Challenge of Human Induced Climate Change
Chapter 2: The History of Climate Change Science
Chapter 3: The UNFCCC
Chapter 4: From Kyoto to Copenhagen
Chapter 5: Towards COP21
Lecture 2: The Basics of Climate Change Science
Chapter 1: The Earth’s Energy Balance
Chapter 2: The Greenhouse Gases and Feedbacks
Chapter 3: The Relentless Ride of CO2
Chapter 4: Other Drivers of Climate Change
Chapter 5: Recent History of Climate Change
Lecture 3: The 2-Degree Limit
Chapter 1: The Business As Usual Trajectory
Chapter 2: The Consequences of the BAU Trajectory
Chapter 3: Limiting the Mean Surface Temperature Increase Below 2-Degrees Celsius vs. Pre-Industrial Levels
Chapter 4: Debates Over the 2-Degree Celsius Limit
Lecture 4: The 2-Degree Carbon Budget
Chapter 1: What is a Carbon Budget?
Chapter 2: What is the Global Carbon Budget for the 2-Degree Limit?
Chapter 3: What is the Global Emissions Reduction Pathway for the 2-Degree Limit?
Chapter 4: How Does It Compare with the Potential Emissions from Fossil Fuel Reserves & Resources?
Lecture 5: The Deep Decarbonization of Energy Systems
Chapter 1: What is an Energy System?
Chapter 2: Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Trends
Chapter 3: The 3 Pillars of the Deep Decarbonization of Energy Systems
Chapter 4: A Global Mitigation Scenario
Lecture 6: The Key Technological Challenges of Deep Decarbonization
Chapter 1: The Need for Accelerated Development of Low-Carbon Technologies
Chapter 2: Key Technology Areas for RDD&D
Chapter 3: Grid Management of Power Systems with High Penetration of Renewable Energies
Chapter 4: Carbon Capture & Sequestration
Chapter 5: Advanced Nuclear Power
Chapter 6: Electric Vehicles and Advanced Biofuels
Chapter 7: The Role of Technology Roadmaps and Roundtables
Lecture 7: Deep Decarbonization Pathways: Country Case Studies
Chapter 1: Why Countries Need Deep Decarbonization Pathways to 2050
Chapter 2: The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project
Chapter 3: What We Learn From Countries’ Deep Decarbonization Pathways
Chapter 4: Lessons for the Global Agreement on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris in 2015
Lecture 8: Energy & Development
Chapter 1: Energy & Poverty
Chapter 2: A World Without Modern Energy
Chapter 3: Energy for All in Africa
Chapter 4: How Climate Change Threatens the Poorest of the Poor
Chapter 5: Sustainable Energy for All
Lecture 9: Main Challenges of Climate Change Negotiations
Chapter 1: Efficiency & Fairness
Chapter 2: Basic Principles of a Global Agreement
Chapter 3: What is Fair?
Chapter 4: Making an Agreement Stick
Chapter 5: Problem-Solving Versus Negotiating
Lecture 10: Towards a New Climate Agreement Based on 2-Degrees Celsius
Chapter 1: The Three-Tiered Structure of Mitigation Commitments
Chapter 2: Technology RDD&D
Chapter 3: Climate Financing
Chapter 4: Can Everybody Win? Should Everybody Win?
Drcompleted 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
Gycompleted 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.