World Bank Presents a Massive Open Online Course on the Consequences of Climate Change

13 December 2013. It is now becoming clear that without necessary climate action, the world may become 4°C warmer by the end of this century. As this threatens to roll back decades of development progress, this is a ‘make or break’ point. In order to provide a learning experience to understand observed changes in the climate system, their causes and immediate consequences, and projected medium to long-term impacts for development to a wide audience, the World Bank organises a massive open online course (MOOC) called Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided. The course will be offered online from 27 January to 24 February 2014.

The MOOC presents an analysis for the likely impacts of a 4-degree warming trajectory and stresses the need for decision makers and communities to take a firm look at their adaptation choices, while signaling the urgency for mitigation action. Participants will also be introduced to the risks of triggering non-linearity, and tipping elements like the disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet and large-scale Amazon dieback. This MOOC ends with a discussion on the main policy choices needed to prevent warming to be above 2°C.

The MOOC consist of 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Observed Climate Changes and Impacts: Hundreds of Thousands of Years to Now
  • Module 2: Possible 21st Century Climates
  • Module 3: Life in a 4°C Warmer World
    a) Impacts Across Key Human Support Systems
    b) Risks of Large-Scale and Disruptive Changes in the Climate System
  • Module 4: What Can We Do About It: Choice is in your hands (Discussion)

Depending on the learner's interests, the MOOC will offer the option to follow two tracks for optional activities that will alow to reach different objectives:

  • Track 1: Climate Champion
  • Track 2: Policy and Leadership

The MOOC has a week-by-week structure, with resources, activities and exercises to engage in during each of the four weeks of the course. Activities include quizzes, core videos, readings as well as three assignments to develop skills of analysis, reflection and communication. These core resources and assignments will take around 3 hours per week to complete.

It will also be possible for the learner to get more involved by engaging in optional exercises, networking, discussion and diving deeper into the selection of additional resources. E-discussions, Google Hangout and other tools will be used to facilitate dialogue among the learners and with the experts.

To find more information and register to the course, click on the following link: https://www.coursera.org/course/warmerworld.