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World Bank Launches Online Course on Climate Change

World Bank Launches Online Course on Climate Change

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Decreasing land areas of tropical forests can contribute to climate change (Photo courtesy of The World Bank)

Decreasing land areas of tropical forests can contribute to climate change (Photo courtesy of The World Bank)

The World Bank has launched an online course on climate change for the general public and other interested parties.

In a report, the World Bank said the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change presents recent scientific evidence as well as some of the opportunities for urgent action on climate change. It also covers the latest knowledge and information based on cutting-edge research.

The MOOC is offered for free in two tracks including General Public and Policy Makers and Practitioners.

The course will start 27 January 2014 and will run for 4 weeks. Participants can have access to the course material for approximately 6 months after the course ends. Participants can sign up at https://www.coursera.org/#course/warmerworld to avail of the course.

According to the World Bank, the MOOC is hosted on the education platform Coursera and contains “a snapshot of the most recent scientific evidence and practical actions on tackling climate change.”

The course also explores scenarios about the world and allows participants to know if their communities will be drier or wetter, or hotter or colder.

It also offers information on “green” cities and on how communities can tackle climate change challenges.

As added value, the course further offers insights and valuable perspectives from leading thinkers on climate change, such as Carol Turley, Senior Scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Peter Gleick, President of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, and Thomas Karl, Director at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

(Story and photo courtesy of the World Bank)

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