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Module 5 – The Ethics of Climate Change

IS CLIMATE CHANGE AN ETHICAL ISSUE? Ethics is the study of how we decide what is right and wrong, or what is morally good and what is morally bad. Lots of attention has been devoted to the science and economics of climate change. But climate change is as much an ethical issue as a scientific… Read More »

Module 4 – International Negotiations

THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE If you have ever tried organising a group of friends to do something on the weekend and encountered great difficulties trying to reconcile one person’s preference for the movies with another’s preference for the beach, spare a thought for the 2,500 scientists who form the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate… Read More »

Module 3 – Australia’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

SOURCES OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS In Australia, most of our greenhouse emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas). Fossil fuels are used mainly to generate electricity and to power transportation. Around 95 percent of our electricity comes from fossil fuels, and the only five percent comes from renewable energy.… Read More »

Module 2 – The Impacts of Climate Change

The impacts of climate change are already being felt. The emission of greenhouse gases by human activities is resulting in increased surface temperatures that are causing multiple and complex changes to the climate at both a global and regional scale. When we think about climate change, there are two important points to remember. Firstly, climate… Read More »

Module 1 – The Science of Climate Change

THE WEATHER & THE CLIMATE Have you ever wondered why it could rain one minute and be sunny the next, but why it is always drier in central Australia than it is on the coast? The reason is simple: while the weather can change quickly, with big variations over a day, the climate changes over… Read More »