Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers (iversity)

Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers (iversity)
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Participants should be familiar with the essentials of the climate systems and the current debate on mitigation and adaptation policies, as well as proposals for fair financing of the shared but differentiated responsibilities of rich and poor countries.
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Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers (iversity)
This course teaches you why health is a central theme and motivator in climate policy. Enrol today and apply your learnings to climate policy and negotiations, on both national or international levels.

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This MOOC was developed by four eminent scientists who together authored the health chapter in the recent 5th Assessment report of the IPCC. They offer you a short crash-course into the topic of climate change, tailored to senior policy-makers and negotiators of climate agreements, particularly as an input into the climate conference COP21 in Paris in December this year.

This 1 week MOOC requires 3 hours of investment time and provides hard evidence for four key arguments as to why health is and should be central in climate policy.

Two positive arguments:

1. Health is a positive motivator, a driving force for citizens and policy-makers to care about and act on climate change.

2. The huge health co-benefits must enter the risk-benefit calculations.

However, two arguments pertain to the restrictions that our health and physiology impose on humans under climate change, particularly in a world that is +4°C warmer:

1. There are health limits to adaptation.

2. Decreased work productivity in hot countries.

Finally, we should consider health as an indicator, not only for sustainable development, but also for climate policy.

What will I learn?

(i) The participant will understand why health is not another sector but a key argument in developing climate policy and fair share of the burden and benefits of climate policies.

(ii) The participant will learn the scientific evidence behind the four key climate policy arguments based on human health:

1. Health is a positive motivator, a driving force for citizens.

2. The huge health co-benefits must enter the risk-benefit calculations.

3. There are health limits to adaptation.

4. Decreased work productivity in hot countries.





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Free Course
Participants should be familiar with the essentials of the climate systems and the current debate on mitigation and adaptation policies, as well as proposals for fair financing of the shared but differentiated responsibilities of rich and poor countries.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.