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Course Description

The course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss the following. Global warming has accelerated in recent years, approaching 1.2 degrees Celsius warming from the preindustrial era. Greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for the warming. Humanity's growing population and increasing demand for resource-intensive goods and services have driven the emission growth. Serious impacts are already occurring; more serious ones appear inevitable. We are heading toward 3 to 4 degrees Celsius (5.4 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) surface warming by the end of the century with potentially disastrous impacts, such as severe weather, flooding, drought, and species extinction. The Paris climate accord is a modest but important first step. Without near-term drastic emission reductions, it is unlikely we will be able to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Actions we can take at the personal and household levels will be discussed and quantified. | Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion; Active participation; Viewing videos

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