Les infos clés
Each part of the world faces specific vulnerabilities to climate change and has different opportunities to mitigate the effects and build resilience in the 21st century. With the Paris Agreement at COP 21, the global community has signaled its intent to act. Indeed, without climate action, decades of development progress are threatened, meaning that we are at a ‘make it or break it’ point in time. This course presents the most recent scientific evidence, regional impacts and climate action strategies, and some opportunities for you to take action on climate change.
This overview presents the main topics this course will cover.
Week 1: Climate Change in the 21st Century
This module outlines the historical observed changes in the climate system, an
overview of the projected changes in climate leading up to the end of the 21st
century, and an assessment of the potential of the INDCs submitted at COP 21 to
induce climate action. In the context of the INDC assessment, it describes the
trends of increasing loss of Arctic sea ice, melting glaciers, increased
heat waves and extreme temperatures, and drought and aridity. The module reviews
possible responses from natural systems, explaining how warming could result in
sea-level rise, heat waves and extreme temperatures, and ocean acidification.
Week 2: Sectoral and Regional Impacts
This module provides an overview of the projected climate trends and impacts on
key development sectors across each of the world’s regions. The module will
examine the likely impact of warming above pre-industrial temperatures in the
regions, through a focus on agricultural production, water resources, ecosystem
services, and coastal vulnerability for affected populations. In some regions,
these risks have the potential to reverse hard-won development gains and
potentially trap millions in poverty, illustrating the need for urgent action
Week 3: From Science to Action on Climate Change
This module provides region-specific discussions on what mitigation and adaptation actions are needed to reduce emissions while also decreasing vulnerability to climate change impacts and building climate resilience. To do this, the module will draw on key regional experts involved in the implementation of different policy instruments. As no single policy solution exists, this module shares perspectives on strategies and actions proposed in each region to help transition towards a low-emissions, climate-resilient development path.
Week 4: What You Can Do: Acting Individually to Address the Climate Challenge
The final module presents you with opportunities to act on climate change both individually, and within your community. It will discuss how day-to-day changes can have a transformative impact when brought to a global scale.
By discussing the rationale for acting now, acting together and acting differently, the module also presents examples and the expected benefits of mitigation and adaptation policies, considering both contributions to global emission reductions and local development opportunities.
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- Alan S. Miller
- Pablo Benitez
Coursera est une entreprise numérique proposant des formation en ligne ouverte à tous fondée par les professeurs d'informatique Andrew Ng et Daphne Koller de l'université Stanford, située à Mountain View, Californie.
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