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  • Assessment

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Climate Politics

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  • This course on climate politics features sections on climate politics, working together, history, and looking ahead. 
  • It contains text, interactive questions, infographics, links to references, and a final quiz. 

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  • The resource discusses major international agreements such as the Montreal Protocol, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement.
  • Students earn a certificate if they complete the course.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This course is part of a series of climate change courses from ClimateScience.
  • Students should be familiar with the basics of climate change.
  • Students should have access to a computer and Internet access to use the interactive features.


  • Stronger students can spend time reading and exploring any of the links to additional information.
  • Students can proceed through this course at their own pace.
  • The course can be used as a cross-curricular activity for science and social science/civics classes.
  • Extra resources can be assigned for further research and to deepen learning on climate change politics and policies.
  • This course can be used as an individual assignment or as a group activity.
  • Other resources on this topic include the IPCC Special Report (2018) and Creating a Safer World: Achieving the Paris Agreement Target.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides insights on the importance of the private sector and NGOs in driving the politics of climate change. A case example is the implementation of the Montreal Protocol to reduce ODS. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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