This course presents the science supporting global warming and climate change. Earth's climate has always changed; however, modern climate change does not fit geologic history. In the past fifty years, the rate and extent of climate change has been extraordinary. Despite extensive worldwide research, no known natural processes can account for the present climate trend of extremely rapid warming of the lower atmosphere. It now is most likely that the cause of most of this rapid warming is due to human activities. In fact, among scientists this has been known for decades. The course presents the most recent research on the causes and effects of climate change and offers strategies to help understand why and how scientists have come to this conclusion. The course discusses climate predictions, sea level rise, paleoclimatology, ocean effects, Earth's radiation budget, dangerous weather patterns, and factual observations of climate change and ecosystem responses. The organization and resources provided in the text helps the student better understand key concepts, ideas, and technical terms.
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Basic Biology for the Classroom
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