Climate Change Science and Negotiations
“Climate Change Science & Negotiations” is a new online course offered free by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It launches on Oct. 16, and is currently open for enrollment. This two-semester course introduces students to the science and policy environment surrounding climate change and is based in part on the findings of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Emmanuel Guerin, the network's associate director, will teach the course.
The course will explain the core of climate science; the reasons for the 2º Celsius limit agreed to by governments in 2010; the technological options for “deep decarbonization”; and the pathways and obstacles to a global climate agreement. The second semester will be a dynamic climate change negotiation, modeled on the real negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. UN members are scheduled to reach an agreement in Paris in December 2015; the outcomes of the simulated negotiations will be presented to global leaders in advance of that meeting.
We encourage you to sign up, and to promote this course by forwarding information on to others. Feel free to post the description of the new course from SDSN.edu on your websites and post links to the course on social media, using the hashtag #climateclass and by tagging @SDSNedu.
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