Notes on links from Climate Change MOOC, Exeter / Futurelearn

I am catching up on the MOOCs . I got behind with BETT and Learning Technologies. The one on critical listening I can just about keep up with. Trouble is I can't hear the bottom ranges. My test scores are terrible. So I am just about getting an idea of what a sound engineer would know or think about. We are talking about MOOCs during the Wild Show on Thursday mornings, Phonic FM. Timings depend on what else happens but I'm sure we will get to this before the TEDx Exeter at the end of March.

The Climate Change one is also fairly complicated if you want to get into all the stats and trend plots. But the main point of this post is that they link a lot to outside sources, most of which are public. So here are some links in case you want to check them without having to sign up for Futurelearn and commit to 3 hours a week. 

Met Office

Climate dot gov

National Snow and Ice Data Centre

Climate Change Viewer

Blog from someone paying full attention

World Bank

The official course blog

News item on current pause or not

For a bit of balance, as suitable for a radio show, here is a link to the Daily Mail where there is a quote from Benny Peiser, commenting on a speech by  Prince Charles  who spoke about "a barrage of sheer intimidation" from "powerful groups of deniers".

‘It is not about being a climate change denier, as he says. It’s just that people are becoming more sceptical about the extent of climate change.

‘He talks about vested interests but he should be very careful his words don’t backfire on him. The Crown Estate, for example, is making huge profits from the very offshore wind-farms that have angered so many of his future subjects.

‘And for many people the issue of rising energy bills now is more important than what may or may not happen 100 years down the line. I fear he is ill advised to make such aggressive and contentious speeches.

‘One of the reasons the Queen and the Royal Family are so loved is that they steer clear of such issues. His aggressive words indicate a certain insecurity and intransigence that will not go down well with the public.’

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