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Some will already be aware of this, but I think it merits a separate thread.

 

The University of Chicago is running an 8 week MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) for non-scientists about climate change.

 

The direct link to the course is here:  https://www.coursera.org/course/globalwarming

 

This is a fabulous opportunity for absolutely anyone who has an interest in the subject, or doubts about the science, to learn the basics and understand how it all works.

 

It is FREE. You don't have to buy anything. You can drop out if you want. You don't need any qualifications (though they suggest basic maths). It's a few hours effort a week.

 

If, like me, you are a non-scientist who has personal opinions and ideas about AGW, or whatever, there is absolutely no reason for you not to sign up and learn.

 

If you complete the course you get a certificate of achievement and a new-found confidence in all your discussions about the pros and cons of this important subject.

 

I've already signed up. :)

 

Who else?

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high-school-level algebra

,,,I`ll get mi coat,,,

then again "feint heart never won fair lady" so I`ll give it a bash as its interesting and beats wasting surf-time by never learning anything?

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Sounds great, not a hope of finding the time to do it though.

 

J, I'm genuinely disappointed, though not surprised - there's never enough time. OTOH, even a first glance at the first bit might help - since there is no obligation or cost involved, why not sign up anyway and decide later whether you have the time or desire to actually do it...

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J, I'm genuinely disappointed, though not surprised - there's never enough time. OTOH, even a first glance at the first bit might help - since there is no obligation or cost involved, why not sign up anyway and decide later whether you have the time or desire to actually do it...

 

Ok, I'll sign up but genuinely, it's difficult finding time to even sleep at the mo. It's the scourge of the self-employed, you have to take work where and when you can get it, often it means being stupidly over stretched. After the last couple of winters with late, cold  springs too, I have to get a sizeable cushion in the bank just in case it happens again and I end up with weeks and weeks of little or no work. Add in trying to finish renovating a house, get planning consent on some of the land in order to get it sold in the spring, checking out options to move to in North Yorkshire, up and down the motorway between Falmouth and Swaledale; it's all a bit headless chicken mode.

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