You can now run a MOOC at your own pace, from July 1

The Denial 101x MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was a great success, with thousands of participants and many satisfied students. I admit that I was quite touched by the mostly positive student reactions and I am thankful to John Cook for inviting me to contribute to this course in a small way. This video compilation of students’ feedback shows how people from diverse backgrounds all got something from the course.

From July 1, 2015 onwards, the course is available for anyone to follow at their own pace. It’s completely free of charge, naturally!

My own contributions were three short video lectures.

The first one deals with the myth that the rise in CO2 that we have seen over the past 200 years could have come from a natural source, like volcanoes. I provided some supplemental material here or here, discussing the lecture material in more detail and providing some references.

The second looks at the rise in global temperatures since 1850 and debunks the myth that this could have been due to the natural processes that caused an end to the Little Ice Age. Supplemental material is here. There is now a much slicker animation of my central argument (which I had cribbed from the IPCC) done by Gavin Schmidt and Kate Marvel of NASA.

And now for something completely different…  My third lecture debunks an alarmist myth that claims that destabilizing methane clathrates in the Arctic will cause a catastrophic climate change this century. They won’t, but that doesn’t mean that the warming Arctic won’t throw any nasty climate feedbacks our way or that methane clathrates won’t provide a nasty feedback over many centuries. (I must thank my neighbours and friends Gary McNutt and Ky Fox for volunteering to film this lecture.)

My MOOC colleague Keah Schuenemann has compiled a list of the MOOC videos, all of which can be watched whether you are registered for the course or not. Here they are:

Week 1:  Overview of the climate controversy
Consensus of evidence
Consensus of scientists
Consensus of papers
From the experts: Scientific consensus
Knowledge based consensus
Vested interests
Dragons of inaction
Ideological bias
From the experts: Psychology of denial
Manufacturing doubt
From the experts: Skepticism vs Denial–pyeRHCpRM
Media balance-as-bias
Five characteristics of science denial
From the experts: Spread of denial
From the experts: Attack on science
Week 1 wrap up
Full interview with Ben Santer
Full interview with Naomi Oreskes
Full interview with Peter Doran
Full interview with Stephan Lewandowsky
Full interview with Lawrence Hamilton
Full interview with Katharine Hayhoe
Full interview with Michael Mann
Full interview with Eugenie Scott
Scientific Method
Full interview with Ritayan Mitra
Week 2:  Global warming is happening
Week 2 overview
Heat build-up
Hot records
Shrinking glaciers
Greenland ice loss
Antarctic land ice vs sea ice
Cryosphere: Expert Interviews
Building a robust temperature record
Heat in the city
Wavy jet stream
Climate change vs global warming
From the experts: Full interview with Phil Jones
Week 2 wrap up
From the experts: Full interview with Jonathan Bamber
From the experts: Full interview with Fabrice Calmels
From the experts: Full interview with Antoni Lewkowicz
From the experts: Full interview with Eric Rignot
From the experts: Full interview with Lonnie Thompson
From the experts: Full interview with Isabella Velicogna
Week 3:  We are causing global warming
Week 3 overview
Upsetting natural balance
The CO2 rise is man man-made
Taking up residence
From the experts: Carbon cycle
The greenhouse effect
Increasing the greenhouse effect
Reinforcing feedback
From the experts: Greenhouse effect
Structure of our atmosphere
Measuring from space
Daily and yearly cycle
Week 3 wrap up
Full interview with Corinne Le Quéré
Full interview Ed Hawkins
Full interview with Steve Sherwood
Full interview with Luke Barnard
Full interview with Joanne House
Full interview Mike Lockwood
Full interview with Bill Ruddiman
Week 4:  The past tells us about the future
Week 4 Overview
Message from the past
The Little Ice Age
Ancient CO2 levels
From the experts: The past
Medieval warm period
Confused decline
From the experts: The decline
Principles that models are built on
Success stories
Weather vs climate
Climate science in 1970s
Future ice age
Tendency to underestimate climate impacts
From the experts: Climate Models
Week 4 wrap up
The Climate of Middle Earth: Part 1
Full interview with Tim Osborn–68qo1s
Full interview with Andy Pitman
Full interview with Greg Webb
Full interview with Katrin Meissner
Full interview with David Stevens
Week 5:  We are feeling the impacts of climate change
Week 5 overview
Climate is sensitive
Water vapor amplifies warming
The role of clouds in climate change
Methane clathrate feedback
Adaptation takes time
From the experts: Ecological impacts
Polar bears
Ocean acidification
From the experts: Coral bleaching and ocean acidification
Overall impacts
Carbon Dioxide is a pollutant
Agricultural impacts
From the experts: Impacts on society
Extreme weather
Heat waves
Week 5 wrap up
Making sense of the slowdown
The Climate of Middle Earth: Part 2
Full interview with Richard Alley
Full interview with Charlie Veron
Full interview with Annamieke Van De Heuvel
Full interview with Sir David Attenborough
Full interview with Christine Hoskings
Full interview with Kevin Trenberth
Week 6:  Responding to denial
Week 6 overview
Vocal Minority
Worldview Backfire Effect
From the experts: Psychology of denial
Inoculation Theory
Sticky science
Flu Shots
From the experts: Debunking
From the experts: Climate metaphors
Week 6 wrap up
The Climate of Middle Earth: Part 3
Full interview with Dan Lunt
Full interview with Simon Donner
Full interview with Ullrich Ecker
Full interview with Michael Ranney
Full interview with Courtney St. John
Full interview with Mark McCaffrey

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