Climate Change resources

Climate Change resources

Free resources about Climate Change as part of SLCC project.

  • Climate Change and Sustainability

    Climate Change and Sustainability

    It is now universally recognised that human-induced climate change could have major adverse consequences for the world’s ecosystems and societies. Climate change is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases, which trap long-wave radiation in the upper atmosphere and consequently raise atmospheric temperatures. This also produces other changes in the climate system. Carbon dioxide is the most important of these gases and its atmospheric concentration has increased exponentially since the beginning of the industrial revolution as a result of fossil fuel combustion and land-use change. In 1800, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide was about 280 parts per million; today it is about 350 ppm and rising. Similar increases have been observed for other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide.

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    2 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • The impact that climate change can have on plant growth and agricultural systems

    The impact that climate change can have on plant growth and agricultural systems

    This short introduction discusses how elevated CO₂ together with increases in drought and high temperature may impact upon the growth and development of plants, particularly with reference to some agricultural systems.

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    5 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

  • Climate Change

    Climate Change

    Climate change is not going to happen alone. As our climate changes other global environmental problems are going to carry on occurring, such as habitat destruction, pollution, soil erosion and species extinctions. What we currently have very little understanding of is how all these things will interact in the future. Climate change may make some of these problems much worse and some of them may themselves contribute to climate change creating a feedback loop. This unit identifies several global change problems that may interact with climate change.

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    3 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

  • Climate change: National, regional and local policy

    Climate change: National, regional and local policy

    Climate change is defining a new legislative and policty agenda for the United Kingdom, the European Union and globally. Whilst the overall direction is not yet fully defined, there is now clear national and international momentum towards substantive economic and planning intervention to control emissions of greenhouse gases and encourage the use of low carbon alternatives. This unit considers national, regional and local policy and legislation in the UK and elsewhere.

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    3 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Human activity and climate change

    Human activity and climate change

    This unit seeks to identify a workplace’s impact on global climate change through its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), notably carbon dioxide (CO₂), the most common such gas. It will then provide some guidance on how best to reduce that footprint, looking in turn at behavioural and management issues, relatively straightforward physical measures and transport.

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    3 hrs

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  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the place where I work

    Reducing the carbon footprint of the place where I work

    This unit seeks to identify a workplace’s impact on global climate change through its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), notably carbon dioxide (CO₂), the most common such gas. It will then provide some guidance on how best to reduce that footprint, looking in turn at behavioural and management issues, relatively straightforward physical measures and transport.

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    3 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Geoengineering, Permaculture and Transition Towns

    Geoengineering, Permaculture and Transition Towns

    There is increasing concern among meteorologists working with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that governments will not curb greenhouse emissions enough to prevent dangerous levels of warming, usually considered to be 2C by 2100. Many members of the public must share this pessimism, and are also concerned about dwindling supplies of low cost petroleum. Among the possible responses to holding such a belief are: denial / avoidance, campaigning and focussing on adaptation. In this unit we will look at three alternative responses, all outside of mainstream thinking: geoengineering, permaculture and Transition Towns.

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    3 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Personal Action and Climate Change

    Personal Action and Climate Change

    This unit looks at how what we eat has a direct effect on climate change. It also considers the importance of how our food reaches our plates, who controls that process and why this makes a difference to climate change. The unit also explores the positive action that individuals and communities can take to act for change.

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    5 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

  • How non human species adapt to climatic changes

    How non human species adapt to climatic changes

    This unit explores the effects of anthropogenic climate change on non human species. It explores examples of the way that different non human species adapt to climate change. It uses basic ideas in ecology to examine how species will, and, already are, adapting to changing climates. Finally, it looks at how these adaptations will affect biodiversity within the UK.

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    3 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

  • Impact and our options for stabilising climate change

    Impact and our options for stabilising climate change

    This unit considers the ways in which climate change affects us as individuals and where we live. It also considers what can be done to reduce or stabilise climate change. These key questions are explored - How does climate change affect me and where I live? What kind of changes might I be able to observe where I live? What kinds of change will be experienced in other parts of the world? What can be done to stabilise climate change? What can be done to reduce/stabilise climate change? What is the best way to reduce the risk of climate change?

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    5 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Economics of Climate Change

    Economics of Climate Change

    This short unit explains how decisions are taken about allocating scarce resources in a market economy, and why such decisions may have potentially disastrous effects on the environment including the climate.

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    2 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

  • What can I do as an individual about climate change

    What can I do as an individual about climate change

    There is now a strong global scientific consensus that climate change is real and due to CO₂ emissions from human use of fossil fuels. When considering action to reduce emissions, and prevent the worst impacts of climate change, large changes require government intervention and changes in corporate behaviour. However, there are many important actions that can be taken in parallel by individuals in order to move towards a lower-carbon lifestyle.

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    7 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Calculating my Carbon Footprint?

    Calculating my Carbon Footprint?

    This unit seeks to explain what makes up a personal carbon footprint, and to identify alternative options in calculating one. For example, should footprints include emissions associated with goods and services purchased, or should they be restricted to directly attributable emissions, mainly from the use of energy and transport? There are many websites offering carbon footprint calculators, but the answers are almost always different. This unit will explain why this is the case, and allow you select the ones that you feel are most appropriate. Finally, a carbon footprint by itself achieves little; users need to be able to compare their carbon footprint with other people's, and to identify actions that might reduce the footprint to a desired level in the battle against global climate change.

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    4 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Energy options for the future

    Energy options for the future

    This unit will explore how both renewable and non-renewable energy sources may contribute to our energy future within a context of a need to meet carbon reduction targets. It will review current energy sources and technologies and their limitations and then explore future possibilities, a hydrogen economy, the use of nuclear energy and carbon capture.

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    2 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Introduction to Ecopsychology

    Introduction to Ecopsychology

    This introduction to ecopsychology explores how climate change affects how we feel about our world and our future. We will explore how strong feelings triggered by this crisis can send us into denial and despair, hindering our ability to act meaningfully. We will also come to understand more about our emotional responses and how they can empower us to learn to live with climate change.

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    2 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

  • Business and climate change

    Business and climate change

    Businesses can be affected both directly from climate change and indirectly through government policies. Risks can occur from the impacts of predicted climate change effects such as increased temperature, extreme weather events, disrupted ecosystems and flooding of land. This unit is wrried for small and medium enterprises and people interested in how businesses can respond to climate change. It introduces key concepts such as risk, corporate social responsibility and engaging employees and enables businesses to quickly grasp the issues and opportunities for managing risks. Unit authored by Dr. Barbara L Jones

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    5 hrs

    Level 2 Intermediate

  • Large Scale Action on Climate Change

    Large Scale Action on Climate Change

    National and international mitigation is mediated by a range of governmental and intergovernmental bodies and policies. The most famous of these is probably the Kyoto Protocol, but this is only a starting point, with a more effective global agreement required to sufficiently reduce carbon emissions and avoid dangerous climate change.

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    10 hrs

    Level 2 Intermediate

  • How do we adapt agriculture to climate change?

    How do we adapt agriculture to climate change?

    This unit looks at how industrial agriculture is one of the anthropogenic causes of climate change. It goes on to consider what adaptations must be adopted in order to mitigate its impact on climate change. The concept of food security is introduced and its link to climate change explored. Finally, the notion of adapting agriculture through the way we design and live in cities is presented.

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    2 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

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