This module introduces you to the essence of global climate change. The four main aspects that make it different than other environmental problems are elaborated on. After this module you will know why we should act now.
The global warming issue is not only recently accelerated by human beings, it is also recently discovered and acted upon by human beings. This module will introduce you to the timeline of important research discoveries and political commitments. After this module you will know what is meant by ‘Kyoto protocol’.
In this module the greenhouse effect will be elaborated on and explained. The distinction between natural greenhouse effect and the effect of human beings (industrial revelution and onwards) in it will be spoken about. The whole cycle of greenhouse gasses and global warming is covered by this module.
In this module we are diving deeper into the precise gasses, sources and processes of which the greenhouse effect is made up. It answers the questions ‘what’s the problem with the carbon-cycle and rising CO2concentrations?’. Although it is not uplifting, this module makes sure you’ll have to face the facts of the graphs.
Now we know how CO2 gets (and stays) in the cycle we can zoom in on the types of gasses and emitting sources. Divided by sector and sources we’ll see at the end of this module where action has to be taken.
This module answers the question ‘what gasses are most influential on global heating’. It explains the carbon dioxide equivalent which makes it possible to compare different types of gasses.
In this module the main areas impacted by climate change will be elaborated on. Not only the negative but also positive developments are explained. The modules ends with tipping points: the places on earth where climate change could create a disruptive change in the planet’s climate.
The uncertainty concerning climate impacts will be covered by this module. There are three layers of uncertainty which will be elaborated on. After this module you will comprehend why it is so hard to act effective and calculate precise what we should do or do not.
This module is, instead of looking to the problems posed by climate change, diving deeper into the solutions that are here. The three main types of handling the climate change and trying to cope with or prevent it are elaborated on. After having seen this module you will be able you categorize different types of climate change measures.
In this module the institutional framework that has been created to address climate change will be discussed. The different COP’s that the UNFCCC has had will be talked about, as well as the main content of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Also the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific panel of the UN, will be spoken about.
In this module the fundamental economic reasons why climate change exists will be talked about. Things as negative externalities, open resources and tragedy of the commons will be elaborated on. After seeing this module you will comprehend why plants aren’t likely to pay for the climate costs themselves.
This module is about the policy and governance that can help to safe the climate. In comparison to market based strategies the command and control strategy has pro’s and con’s in regard to how effective they are. After this module you will be able to list them all.
In this module the Pigouvian Tax (or carbon tax) will be explained and elaborated on. After having done this module you will know where the interesting name comes from, know how the Pigouvian Tax works and recognize its implications for the economic market forces.
The Cap and Trade system is also a marketbased instrument which will be explained and talked about. This module is probably the most economic science-like. After this (and the previous two) module(s) you will have some insight in tools and measures governments can choose from to decourage firms from carbondioxide-use or other polluting strategies.
In this module the technologies who have no or low carbon use will be explained. The advantages and disadvantages of each technology will be elaborated on and after this module you will have an overall idea of the options in generating energy.
In this module Jan Willem tells you about renewable energy trends, challenges they pose and the solutions that are being discovered. He will inform you about the techniques that are economically as well as effectively the most promising.
Jan Willem Timmer is an expert on climate change and renewable energy. He has multiple years of national and international experience as a consultant in the field. Recently, he co-authored a book with Professor Dr. W.A. Vermeend on the Paris climate agreement, evaluating the contents of the treaty, the pros and cons of various mitigation and adaptation measures as well as their socio-economic impact. He holds and LL.M in law and economics from Harvard University and an M.Sc. in finance from the University of Oxford, where he graduated with distinction. He has taught economics, public policy and climate change at various colleges and universities, including as a teaching assistant at Harvard and Maastricht University.