The University of Queensland is offering a free course to tackle climate change scepticism.

The massive open online course (MOOC), Making Sense of Climate Science Denial, is a seven-week program featuring interviews with 75 notable scientific experts.

Researchers from universities in Canada, USA and UK have lent their support, including Sir David Attenborough.

Thousands of students from more than 130 countries have already enrolled.

University of Queensland Global Change Institute Climate Communication fellow and MOOC coordinator John Cook said the course tackled climate myths and exposed techniques used to mislead the public.

“Ninety-seven per cent of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming, however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans weren’t causing global warming,” Mr Cook said.

“This free course explains why there is such a huge gap between the scientific community and the public.”

Mr Cook said removing this gap was an important step in ensuring science supported policy development, leading to maximum benefit for communities, economies and the environment.

“The key to understanding the controversy is the science of science denial,” he said.

“Our course looks at what’s driving climate science denial and the most common myths about climate change.

“We’ll also examine what the science says about how to respond to science denial, equipping participants with the tools they need to see through the fog of denialism.”

Click  here to access information about the course, which starts on 28 April.

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