Oct 18th 2016

Making Sense of Climate Science Denial (edX)

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Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial. In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic. However, in the scientific community, there is little controversy with 97% of climate scientists concluding humans are causing global warming.

- Why the gap between the public and scientists?

- What are the psychological and social drivers of the rejection of the scientific consensus?

- How has climate denial influenced public perceptions and attitudes towards climate change?

This course examines the science of climate science denial.

We will look at the most common climate myths from “global warming stopped in 1998” to “global warming is caused by the sun” to “climate impacts are nothing to worry about.”

We’ll find out what lessons are to be learnt from past climate change as well as better understand how climate models predict future climate impacts. You’ll learn both the science of climate change and the techniques used to distort the science.

With every myth we debunk, you’ll learn the critical thinking needed to identify the fallacies associated with the myth. Finally, armed with all this knowledge, you’ll learn the psychology of misinformation. This will equip you to effectively respond to climate misinformation and debunk myths.

This isn’t just a climate MOOC; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change.

What you'll learn:

- How to recognise the social and psychological drivers of climate science denial

- How to better understand climate change: the evidence that it is happening, that humans are causing it and the potential impacts

- How to identify the techniques and fallacies that climate myths employ to distort climate science

- How to effectively debunk climate misinformation