Provides a scientific background to climate change. Emphasizes current global warming using examples of climate change from the geological record. Considers the impact of global warming together with policies and practices that address issues of global warming.
Climate change is arguably the most pressing environmental issue affecting our world. It has far-reaching societal, health and economic implications that will impact humankind for generations. This course provides you with the scientific background to understand the causes and affects of climate change and allows you to contextualize this in terms of the impact on society. The science of current climate change will be emphasized with context provided by studying examples of climate change from the geological record. The impacts of predicted climate changes on society, health and economics will be considered together with issues of environmental justice. Finally, solutions that address the impacts of climate change including governmental policies and personal and societal practices will be examined.
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Junior or senior standing.
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