OSHR 1623 - Climate 201: Modern Climate Change

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Everyone has heard about global climate change. This course will examine the real story about how it works, why it’s happening, and how it’s likely to play out over the coming decades and even centuries. Find out how climate change is impacting people, ecosystems, and economies, and how these impacts may develop. Learn about feasible solutions for mitigating or adapting to climate change, and contribute to a lively discussion of the costs, benefits, and politics.

Please enroll in OSHR 1609 first to gain a background about how the Earth’s climate works and how it’s changed in the past.

Reading: Hawken, Paul, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Penguin, ISBN-13: 978-0143130444 ($17.54 on Amazon)

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Scott Denning

Scott Denning is Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science, and leads a research group studying carbon and climate. His lifelong fascination with the world in which we live led him to a Bachelor’s degree in Geology, jobs in the oil industry, years of field work in Rocky Mountain National Park, a PhD in climate science, and a rewarding hobby in amateur astronomy. One of the most enthusiastic teachers you’ll ever meet, he is a frequent public speaker.