World Bank launches online course on climate change

01/27/2014 - The World Bank is launching its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) based on the report “Turn down the Heat – Why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided” conducted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The online course offers a curriculum of four weeks of learning about climate change, from observed changes and impacts of the past to a 4°C warmer world, with leading experts as lecturers, among them PIK director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Stefan Rahmstorf, chair of PIK’s research domain Earth System Analysis.
World Bank launches online course on climate change
The course is based on a report of the Potsdam Institute for the World Bank. (Photo: World Bank)

Building on PIK’s groundbreaking 4 degrees briefing for the World Bank the MOOC will provide an overview of the rise of greenhouse-gas emissions since pre-industrial times, projected changes in climate leading up to the end of the 21st century and the implications of a 4 degrees warmer world across key human support systems like agriculture and food production, water resources, ecosystems and biodiversity or human health. The course will also address mitigation and adaptation paths needed to avoid a 4 degrees world and share perspectives from a range of actors and a range of key policy measures and climate actions.

Leaders from various countries, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and civil society are invited to exchange ideas and examples of effective policies and actions that can help in the transition towards low-emissions and climate-resilient development paths. The course is open to everyone with an interest in climate change, with one course track for the general public and a second track for policymakers. The MOOC has a week-by-week structure and includes 17 interactive video talks by renowned climate scientists and practitioners, a variety of course material, quizzes, assignments, discussion forums and social media as well as Google hangouts on air with international experts.

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