Offered by the University of British Columbia.
This course covers the basic concepts and terms needed to understand climate change. The class begins with the factors influencing climate including interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, solid earth and biosphere. It continues with the causes of global warming (fossil fuel use, deforestation, agricultural practices, transportation, oxidation of organic carbons in the soil, etc.); greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide); physical carbon flows and their measurement; the carbon cycle; scientific uncertainty; climate modeling; the IPCC and UNFCC; the social impacts of climate change; and resources to understand climate variability.
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