Climate change: weighing the evidence
by The Open University
This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.
This learning pathway provides an introduction to the debate by looking at the evidence from The People’s Republic of Bangladesh. It is a country set on the massive Ganges-Brahmaputra river delta. Most of it is a flood plain with 700 rivers, less than 12 metres above sea level. One of the main consequences of climate change would be rising sea level. A rise of just 1 metre would inundate 10 per cent of Bangladesh’s land area.
The environmental, social and economic consequences would be considerable. But is the human race responsible? Are Bangladesh’s problems part of climate change caused by the high carbon emissions of the industrialised West? Or just a tragic consequence of building on a low-lying river delta?
The pathway looks at the strength of the evidence base for the role of humanity in climate change, the way that the scientific community has come to influence policy making on climate change, and considers an alternative approach to persuading sceptics – a letter defending the science behind climate change.
|1||Climate change: weighing the evidence - introduction video||--||1:51||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||Climate Change in Bangladesh||Extreme weather events are getting worse. Forecasters predict that Bangladesh will be severely affected by floods, cyclones, droughts and the rising sea level.||4:10||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Bangladesh: Who Will Pay?||Finalist in the World Bank Climate Change Micro-Documentary Award.||4:55||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Who is to Blame?||Should industrialist countries pay for the devastation and suffering occurring in Bangladesh, where millions of people stand to lose their birthplace and livelihood?||4:58||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bangladesh: the issues||Members of the DU311 course team explore the main issues emerging from the Bangladesh video case study.||8:35||Free||View in iTunes|
||Injustice and inequality||The discussion moves on to consider inequities in the causes and consequences of climate change between developing and developed countries.||6:53||Free||View in iTunes|
||Climate change||Climate change is a key issue on today’s social and political agenda. This unit explores the basic science that underpins climate change and global warming. This study unit is just one of many that can be found on LearningSpace, part of OpenLearn, a c||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Impact of Science||A discussion with scientists about the nature of scientific knowledge, and it's relationship to policy making regarding climate change||17:30||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Policy Makers||The process of using scientific data to inform government policies with regards to safe-guarding the planet.||9:34||Free||View in iTunes|
||Letter to a Climate Sceptic||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|