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Understanding Climate Change

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Understanding Climate Change
Understanding Climate Change

Climate change is the most complex and challenging problem that we have confronted as a civilization.  A recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that Governments around the world must take "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society quickly" to avoid disastrous levels of global warming. However, our response so far is less than sufficient and the general awareness and understanding of this threat stays far below of what is needed. This course is designed to give you a better understanding of the scientific basis of climatic change as well as an understanding of why our civilisation struggle to address this problem sufficiently. We will explore multiple facets of this very interdisciplinary and encompassing field by looking at the physical science the climate system, the basic mechanisms that govern how the climate system responds to drivers of change and the difficulty of a global agreement.


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Tutor: Lisa Weber

Dates: 19th April 2021– 7th June 2021

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