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In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic. However, in the scientific community, there is little controversy with 97% of climate scientists concluding humans are causing global warming.

  • Why the gap between the public and scientists?
  • What are the psychological and social drivers of the rejection of the scientific consensus?
  • How has climate denial influenced public perceptions and attitudes towards climate change?

This course examines the science of climate science denial.

We will look at the most common climate myths from “global warming stopped in 1998” to “global warming is caused by the sun” to “climate impacts are nothing to worry about.”

We’ll find out what lessons are to be learnt from past climate change as well as better understand how climate models predict future climate impacts. You’ll learn both the science of climate change and the&nb...

In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic. However, in the scientific community, there is little controversy with 97% of climate scientists concluding humans are causing global warming.

  • Why the gap between the public and scientists?
  • What are the psychological and social drivers of the rejection of the scientific consensus?
  • How has climate denial influenced public perceptions and attitudes towards climate change?

This course examines the science of climate science denial.

We will look at the most common climate myths from “global warming stopped in 1998” to “global warming is caused by the sun” to “climate impacts are nothing to worry about.”

We’ll find out what lessons are to be learnt from past climate change as well as better understand how climate models predict future climate impacts. You’ll learn both the science of climate change and the techniques used to distort the science.

With every myth we debunk, you’ll learn the critical thinking needed to identify the fallacies associated with the myth. Finally, armed with all this knowledge, you’ll learn the psychology of misinformation. This will equip you to effectively respond to climate misinformation and debunk myths.

This isn’t just a climate MOOC; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change.

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2/10 starsTaking Now
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4 years, 5 months ago
Yes, what an utterly bizzare thing. I wanted to learn about climate change science. This course is about how to convince people of a thing you are certain about while assuming they are wrong, even though you do not really understand the thing yourself. It seems more like an evangelizing seminar than anyting related to science...I guess if your job is debating science you don't understand, good for you. I just want to learn the facts, not be convinced without them.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
This course has given me, first, an enormous respect for climate science. A quick look at the research on Google Scholar is enough to convince anyone that climate science is ongoing, robust, and multi-faceted, and the course did an excellent job of covering the territory, giving us an understanding of both its scope and its depth. I am also extremely impressed that the course instructors were able to present this material with such clarity, including relevant details always in the context of the larger picture -- and further research was routinely recommended in case we might want to pursue specific questions on our own. The course also did an excellent job of modeling the fact/myth/fallacy structure from the very beginning so that, by the time we were asked to make use of it on our own, we were familiar with its requirements. I liked the quizzes that followed many of the presentations, allowing us to solidify our understanding immed... This course has given me, first, an enormous respect for climate science. A quick look at the research on Google Scholar is enough to convince anyone that climate science is ongoing, robust, and multi-faceted, and the course did an excellent job of covering the territory, giving us an understanding of both its scope and its depth. I am also extremely impressed that the course instructors were able to present this material with such clarity, including relevant details always in the context of the larger picture -- and further research was routinely recommended in case we might want to pursue specific questions on our own. The course also did an excellent job of modeling the fact/myth/fallacy structure from the very beginning so that, by the time we were asked to make use of it on our own, we were familiar with its requirements. I liked the quizzes that followed many of the presentations, allowing us to solidify our understanding immediately, and I also liked the opportunities to do some hands-on calculations (using the scorcher graphs, for example). Bravo! for putting together such a fine educational experience. Personally, I have benefited from the course not only because it has given me important information on both the facts and the myths, but also because it has increased my confidence in being able to address climate change issues in the context of a 21st-century America that seems intent most recently on wrecking havoc and casting doubt. I now have a more refined understanding of questions of audience, realizing that for the small percentage of ideologues who will never change their minds discussion of climate change should probably be restricted to the market forces now driving down the costs of renewable energy. For independents, on the other hand, the research presented here on inoculation theory will prove invaluable, and I intend to put its guidelines into practice at every opportunity. Some committed folks and I have started a group in our small rural community to advocate for change, and we'll be meeting with our city council this coming week to present a proposal for greater energy independence. Though we're starting small, attempting to generate interest among our local conservatives by focusing first on retrofits for greater efficiency and cost savings, we intend to build enough community enthusiasm to support eventually a solar initiative that would significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Think globally, act locally. We figure that whatever we can do in our own community will affect the well-being of our country and the health of our planet. Thank you for a wonderful course!
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 6 months ago
This isn't my first edX course but by far the best! I loved how much effort you put into this course. I think it is also the best to learn things via different methods (expert interviews, surverys, lectures, question etc.) I think it is also really nice that the lecturers are anticipating in the discussions (this is definitely not the standard!). I took the course because I knew the basics about climate change, but not the details. This course definitely helped me. Moreover - and more importantly - this course helps me to deal with science denial in general.
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2 years, 8 months ago
This is easily the best course I've taken on edX so far. In addition to the basic background and findings of climate science - and some VERY interesting interview - Denial 101x provides students with an invaluable toolkit for future endeavors in education and public discourse. I would recommend this course not only for those who want to know about climate change, but anyone with an interest in combating pseudoscience, beating back bad ideas, and making sure the real facts stick.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
I found this course excellent. I was very impressed with the intuitive and easy way in which the course material could be accessed and was organized. The video lectures were very clear and permitted access to a transcription of the spoken dialogue, which many students might find helpful. From my point of view the content of the course was ideal and I have learnt as much about climate change as I have about the psychological factors that often lead to climate change denial. I was delighted to be able to participate in this course and would like to express my gratitude to those who elaborated the course and made this possible.
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2 years, 8 months ago
Fascinating course. The material applies to many other fields, and has led me to think about some of my beliefs and why I am slow to examine opposing views at times. The course description clearly states it is not about the science of climate change, but examines the science behind denial.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
This is an excellent class. I took it because I wanted to learn more about the sociology of denial and wound up learning a lot about climate science that I didn't know I didn't know! The class provides practical information about responding to climate denial and has helped me communicate more effectively with climate science deniers. It is a very well-done course, the material is interesting and the information is presented well and the biggest experts in the world participated.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
I am a risk manager by profession. I completed the course in 2015 & found it very useful in understanding why some people still passively or actively (like some of the previous reviewers) deny the risks associated with climate change. You are still free to make up your own mind.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
This course is essential for those of us who are involved in influencing public and private policy on AGW. I have taken the course in the past and will be revisiting it again to stay current on the thinking within the communications of science change community. I note that many of those who gave this course a One Star did not understand the course description which is clearly stated. "This course examines the science of climate science denial.". It is not a science course on AGW. It is the science of the denial of the most important threat to wildlife of modern times. Humans can adapt, to some extent. Wildlife cannot. So please, skeptics and deniers. Please join the discussions, help those of us in the advocacy fields to understand how you think and what we need to do to help you understand AGW and its effects. (Note I do not say "believe" but "understand"). Clearly, as the recent election in the U.S has proven, there a... This course is essential for those of us who are involved in influencing public and private policy on AGW. I have taken the course in the past and will be revisiting it again to stay current on the thinking within the communications of science change community. I note that many of those who gave this course a One Star did not understand the course description which is clearly stated. "This course examines the science of climate science denial.". It is not a science course on AGW. It is the science of the denial of the most important threat to wildlife of modern times. Humans can adapt, to some extent. Wildlife cannot. So please, skeptics and deniers. Please join the discussions, help those of us in the advocacy fields to understand how you think and what we need to do to help you understand AGW and its effects. (Note I do not say "believe" but "understand"). Clearly, as the recent election in the U.S has proven, there are still millions of people who need to be reached.
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3 years, 1 month ago
Without a doubt, this course should be taken by every member of the US Congress. I moved from having a neutral to slightly skeptical view on Climate Change to full blown advocate for controlling CO2 emissions. I am actually one of the few conservatives who thinks Climate Change is about science and should be independent of any ideological predilection. If you take this class, you get two for one: an understanding how one can fall into fallacious thinking and learn some wonderful climate science along the way. Brilliant course, very comprehensive, tons of videos and references. The quizzes were very carefully crafted and had very few ambiguous answers, which I see on other MOOC courses. But you had to view most of the videos to answer them correctly. Hopefully they will have a follow-up course on the solutions to Climate Change - this course emphasized the science of climate change and psychology of denial, not the solutions. Definit... Without a doubt, this course should be taken by every member of the US Congress. I moved from having a neutral to slightly skeptical view on Climate Change to full blown advocate for controlling CO2 emissions. I am actually one of the few conservatives who thinks Climate Change is about science and should be independent of any ideological predilection. If you take this class, you get two for one: an understanding how one can fall into fallacious thinking and learn some wonderful climate science along the way. Brilliant course, very comprehensive, tons of videos and references. The quizzes were very carefully crafted and had very few ambiguous answers, which I see on other MOOC courses. But you had to view most of the videos to answer them correctly. Hopefully they will have a follow-up course on the solutions to Climate Change - this course emphasized the science of climate change and psychology of denial, not the solutions. Definitely worth the $50 to get the certification, free for audit.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
Well thought out and clearly delivered. The content of this course is often bamboozling and complex to the public and John (and his team) have done a great job of distilling the information into accessible chunks for people who may not have more than high school science. As a scientist, I got the most benefit from the psychology side of the course. The active participation of the instructors on the discussion pages showed the techniques that could be used to keep discussions about science focused on the science. I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in the way modern science gets made.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 7 months ago
The course drew on specialists in many disciplines, from many countries - all of whom preserved a clear, rational approach and patient demeanor. Most memorable to me was the talk about ice cores but every one without exception was interesting and made an important contribution. Thank you!
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3 years, 7 months ago
This is a course that should be seen be every individual responsible for decisions, personal or professional, that are in any way impacted by their depth of understanding of climate change. Everyone has been subjected to decades of extensive propaganda intended to delay and resist urgent climate action. Unlike other social issues where strong response has been delayed, such as decades of continued tobacco consumption, there's no more time for delay, and dire consequences have already been incurred. Citizens have a responsibility to be well informed and capable of knowledgeably discussing and debating the details for political progress to be made, but the playing field has been slanted by vast sums spent creating doubt and delay. This course is like a rock in David's slingshot, aimed against Goliath, and you know how that ended. I thank all the organizers and speakers for a job well done.
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Ethan Wampler

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 7 months ago
This course was amazing. I considered myself very knowledgeable about climate change already, but I really learned a lot through this course! I learned a ton about denial, why it happens, and how to combat misinformation. It was an absolutely fascinating course and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about climate change and how to solve it
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2/10 stars
3 years, 7 months ago
If you really want to adress climate change, let's take into consideration geoingineering (happening), UN's Agenda 21 communist project and the effects of long term solar cycles (heading toward a new grand maxima, like every 500 years). We ARE polluting the planet in many different ways; we also broke off the correlation of CO2 and temperature cycles tremendously at the start of the 20th century, but only for the CO2 curve. The earth has always been in flux with these. Scientists that broke their silence (and lost funding) are out there, telling you what's what. Disinformation comes from the most official sources, sadly. The anthropogenic argument is only pushed to further the social acceptance of a global fascist regime.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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3 years, 8 months ago
This is an impressive course. I have just about finished, just waiting for peer review of my final essay. If you want to get a better understanding of how other people think and how you think, and to appreciate the politics of climate change as well as the science of climate change, this course is well worth doing. Climate change is happening now. In this course you will learn HOW we know this, through many lines of evidence. You will learn what is driving current climate change, how serious it is, and what we can do about it. You will learn WHY it is such a huge issue.
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3 years, 9 months ago
Interesting and insightful content that tightly combines an overview of climate science with sociologically-justified presentation techniques. Some of the pioneering experts on science communication explain the psychology and political phenomena that have led to denialism, and show you how to mitigate some of its root causes and avoid well-meaning errors that can end up popularizing misconceptions instead.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This was a very interesting course. The basics of climate science were covered, but I already knew most of them as I am a geoscientists (though not specialized on climate). I have still learned quite a few things, most notably about the impacts (I thought developed countries would not suffer much) and about the importance of the "less than 2°C warming". But the part on the psychology of denial (about 1/3 of the content) was completely new to me. I was really interested in this aspect, although it got me kind of depressed about people... At least I got a psychologically supported way of debunking myths, and this is very valuable! Anyway, the material is well prepared, I think that almost everybody can understand it and the edX platform is really well done (with interactive subtitles for lectures, for example). The instructors did a really great job with this course.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years ago
There's much more here than climate deception information. For the student, expect to find new resources. The diversity of presenters, their qualifications, their skills, abilities, and knowledge -- in this one course, offer many new insights for those of us new to climate science. But, the climate deception revealed will blow your mind and your faith in business practices. If nothing else, seek information about climate deception on Youtube.com and the many articles on the Internet. This one subject, climate deception, needs our full, undivided attention and action.
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Kerry Castonguay

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Essential for anyone interested in learning the truth about climate science. The course shares scientific evidence that tells us that the earth is warming, it's caused by human activity and the consequences are dire. The course provides information that shines a light on a groundless debate and how the public is being duped by the biggest beneficiaries of the status quo. My takeaway is disturbing- immediate intervention is warranted and we're not even close to dealing with this in a rational manner. I'm not sure people in the developed world are capable of understanding the truth- that our way of life, powered by fossil fuels, is putting the entire planet at risk.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Excellent course! Lecturers are very presentable and well-experienced who made this course really informative. I enjoyed and learned a lot from this course. Thanks UQx and edX for offering such a nice course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I learned a lot from this course and I have recommended it to others. I appreciated the feedback and references for further reading. I am certainly more confident when discussing climate change.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This is a great course full of useful and well researched information. I am sure anyone who would claim otherwise probably didn't actually complete it.
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3 years, 11 months ago
I am not impressed with the heavy reliance on random student marking which in my opinion is an inappropriate way to grade learner performance and understanding. instead it results in a random mark which can be quite insulting after all the work put into an essay. This course makes things worse by making it so that you can not pass without doing random student assessments. Some Harvard courses deliberately limit random student grading to 10% to minimize this problem. As a result I'll watch the lecturers but won't be completing.
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3 years, 11 months ago
Denial101x, as the name warns, is a perfect class for people who believe that they can "change the world" by assuming the worst of and condescending to people who disagree with them. Cute fish logo for "red herring," guys. For those interested in, you know, knowledge that might lead to actual conversation about issues and solutions, I'll just mention that there are two other classes on EdX that deal with climate science, and the one from MIT called "Global Warming Science" has a session starting in February 2016.
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3 years, 11 months ago
Content was an overview of the latest relevant science delivered by the experts in each area of research, as well as a discussion on the associated myths used to debunk the science. I had a lot of unanswered questions in the first two weeks of the course but found that these were all actually covered and resolved as the course progressed. I was also wary of being brainwashed into believing that climate change is human-caused but found as the course progressed, there is plenty of scope to form your own views based on the research and evidence presented. So I would say stick with the full course, note down your doubts and questions and make sure you resolve them during the course. I found the presentation of course material, videos and transcripts, a flexible and effective way to learn and I particularly liked the interviews with the experts in the each area of research and to learn and hear their views first hand. Always the best ... Content was an overview of the latest relevant science delivered by the experts in each area of research, as well as a discussion on the associated myths used to debunk the science. I had a lot of unanswered questions in the first two weeks of the course but found that these were all actually covered and resolved as the course progressed. I was also wary of being brainwashed into believing that climate change is human-caused but found as the course progressed, there is plenty of scope to form your own views based on the research and evidence presented. So I would say stick with the full course, note down your doubts and questions and make sure you resolve them during the course. I found the presentation of course material, videos and transcripts, a flexible and effective way to learn and I particularly liked the interviews with the experts in the each area of research and to learn and hear their views first hand. Always the best to learn from someone with a passion for their area of expertise. Overall a great course. I will repeat it at some point to remind myself of all the detailed content.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I really like "multidisciplinary" aspect of this course. It's really interesting to learn about how people think about a complex and controversial problem. Many exercises and activities make it even better!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
Great course; took me longer than expected but totally worth it. The content and instructors are perfect. The format could be improved so I took down 1 star for that.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
Course content : Excellent. Not only are the myths debunked with hard scientific facts, but we also get a idea of how humans "deny" the science of climate science, and some of the motivations behind denial. Tons of resources, papers, great videos, full length interviews with scientists etc. I loved the assessment where you had to debunk a myth yourself using the tools you've acquired. Instructor : Excellent. He does a great job at teaching without leaving anything out. Provider : Good. This is a very popular course, and the forums were overcrowded when i last took this course. Most threads got 1 or 2 replies at most. So that is an area that could be improved.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Thought provoking, evidence-based and balanced. This is an excellent course and I am very impressed by my first experience with edX. The material was stimulating and the delivery was engaging. The calibre and variety of the instructors helped project the notion of scientific consensus. I found of opinions expressed by participants enriched the materials and brought a full spectrum of beliefs and opinions into the course itself.
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