Inspect the science of climate change and address what you can do to adapt to and mitigate its effects.Evaluate policies like carbon taxes and rebates for energy efficiency. Look into different countries' commitments to battling climate change.
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This subject introduces students to the basic science of climate change and discusses the importance of both mitigation and adaptation. Various approaches, policies and mechanisms currently used to target emissions at the global level are examined with a focus on Australia’s contribution. The economy is discussed (defined in terms of the Front-End and the End-User) with each examined for their ability to reduce emissions. An analysis of Front-End policies including carbon taxes and emission trading schemes is provided, as well as the examination of End-User approach which includes policies and initiatives such as rebates for energy efficiency, small-scale renewable energy and building regulations. Climate change governance is explored through a workshop, which demonstrates the complexity of the international negotiations process. With a focus on the Front-End of the economy, this subject provides practical information on latest policy developments with much of the content delivered by industry professionals working in the field.
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