Global Warming and Climate Change - 2018 davidmanz@shaw.ca

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Course Description 

Explore the reality of global warming and climate change. Learn about the relationship between global warming and the release of greenhouse gases and the computer models used to make climate change predictions. Discuss the need to mitigate the effects of global warming as well as how the global warming process may be slowed and eventually reversed.



Course Learning Outcomes

 Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

 

  1. Understand what is meant by climate change and how it can be confidently evaluated over the past millions of years.
  2. Understand the relationship of the numerous factors that contribute to climate change.
  3. Understand what is meant by greenhouse gas and the greenhouse effect as it contributes to global warming. 
  4. Be introduced to global climate models used to predict effects of greenhouse gases, global warming and climate change.
  5. Learn of the effects of global warming and climate change and the possibility of adapting to their effects. 
  6. Learn how global warming may be managed.
  7. Understand the local, provincial, national and international responses to the prospect of global warming and climate change and how these responses might affect you.
  8. Understand the language used to discuss the science of climate change and impact of global warming and how to educate yourself.
  9. Be able to appreciate and participate in the political debate over the reality and reaction to global warming and climate change.

 
 

Course Schedule

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Week   1
· Introduction

· Overview of Global Warming and Climate   Change

· Sources of Knowledge of Global Warming and   Climate Change

· Discovery of Climate Change

 

Week   2
· Introduction to IPCC AR5 WG 1

· Science of Climate Change

 

Week   3
 · Science of Climate Change cont’d


Week   4
· Introduction to IPCC AR5 WG 2.

· Impact of Global Warming and Climate Change

· Adaptation


Week   5
· Introduction to IPCC AR5 WG 3.

· Mitigation

· Response to Global Warming and Climate Change

· Closure


Presentations

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There are five presentations which address all aspects of global warming and climate change from discovery to adaptation and mitigation.  The material is kept up-to-date which is why no specific text is used.  

The presentations are designed to be given in a classroom environment allowing for as much discussion time permits. 

Assignments

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There are five assignments - one per week - due the following week.  The assignments are designed to guide the participants to sources of information that will support the presentation material and introduce them to resources they might find useful in future studies.

Selected Web Sites

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Reference Materials

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The books cited are pretty good and cover the subjects included in the science of global warming and climate change.  All can be purchased from organizations such as Amazon.

The videos are all worth watching. There are many more out there.