According to NASA, 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that humans are responsible for global warming and climate change. This is no small phenomenon: Fifteen of the 16 warmest years ever on record have occurred in the twenty-first century (NOAA). In addition to rising global temperatures, evidence from around the globe includes rising sea levels, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreat, ocean acidification, and extreme weather events.
How will these global changes affect our politics? In POLI 409: Politics of Climate Change, students are exposed to the major hindrances presented by climate change. This online course examines climate change through local and international perspectives and purports the question: How will global populations be affected? Students will investigate the degree to which state and non-state actors are attempting to adapt to these challenges, and what makes policy action likely in some situations and not in others.