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Learn about global warming with online courses and programs

Air pollution is a byproduct of human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels. As pollution is released into Earth’s atmosphere, it traps the sun’s heat and radiation, which results in rising average global temperatures and other weather events.

What is global warming?

When greenhouse gasses are released into Earth’s atmosphere, they trap heat, causing what is called a greenhouse effect. Over time, this intensified greenhouse effect causes an increase in the Earth’s average surface temperature, which is often referred to as global warming.

Human activities are largely responsible for the gas emissions impacting climate change. These include the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, deforestation, industrial processes, and agricultural practices. These come with tangible consequences, like melting glaciers, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and loss of biodiversity.

Everyone on the planet plays a role in mitigating climate change and slowing the pace of global warming. One of the best ways to make an impact is by learning. Explore online courses on edX that discuss the science of climate change and ways to prepare for a sustainable future.

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Global warming course curriculum

Global warming is a complex topic that involves understanding contributing factors, chemical reactions, and preventive actions. Whether you want to learn about global warming and climate change to inform your personal choices and habits, or you’re interested in a career in climate mitigation, edX courses can help you prepare.

Learners can explore a variety of relevant topics that cover different aspects of global warming and related challenges. Classes might discuss:

  • Social and ethical issues behind climate change

  • Health impacts of climate change

  • The performance, efficiency limits, and design rules for solar energy production

  • Relationships between climate change and biodiversity

  • Climate solutions for individuals, governments, and big business

If you’re a business owner or in a leadership role, you may also be interested in learning how to incorporate sustainable development and management strategies into your work. Courses can also cover niche topics such as the financial impact of climate change or its effects on different regions.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including global warming, climate change, and much more. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp, or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree, or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to global warming

Interested in how you can apply your knowledge of global warming and climate change in a professional setting? There are many related job opportunities for individuals with varied educational backgrounds, such as:

  • Environmental engineer: Develops technologies and solutions to mitigate environmental problems, including those related to climate change.Footnote 1

  • Conservation scientist: Manages natural resources and works toward preserving and protecting the environment.Footnote 2

  • Sustainability consultant: Advises organizations on environmentally friendly practices, helping them reduce their carbon footprint.Footnote 3

  • Urban planner: Designs communities and cities that incorporate green spaces, energy-efficient buildings, and public transportation systems to reduce emissions.Footnote 4

  • Corporate sustainability officer: Develops and implements eco-friendly policies, reduces waste, and promotes sustainable business practices.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in engineering or management, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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