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The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Renewable Energy

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Renewable Energy Creative commons image Ed Suominen [ New content
Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
What are the economic consequences of climate change? Peter Bloom discusses the potential and limitations of 'green business'. 

UK must balance food farming impacts

UK must balance food farming impacts Creative commons image By Drow69 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, $3 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Jan 2016
The UK could reduce its emissions by converting farmland to absorb more carbon dioxide − but risks increasing climate change effects abroad.

Bird ringing in Bog Meadows

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Bird ringing in Bog Meadows Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 20 Jan 2016
Bird ringing is a world-wide method of finding out where birds migrate and how population levels change. This video shows how it works in Bog...

Can dogs read their owners' emotions?

Can dogs read their owners' emotions? Copyright free image Copyright free: RobsonMelo
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2016
Does a dog know what you're thinking? Can your dog empathise? It's possible, suggests new research.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 15 Jan 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Top tips for budding biologists

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Top tips for budding biologists Copyrighted image Copyright: Silverback films/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
In this video discover top tips from experts in biology and get a feel for whether studying biology (and an eventual career in the field) is...

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses?

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses? Creative commons image Scorpions and Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
Striped ponies and tuxedo cats might look gorgeous - but the mutation is a mild form of a much more serious cellular defect...

Download your free wild weather poster

Download your free wild weather poster Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 17 Dec 2015
Download your free wild weather poster to accompany the BBC series.

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Changing cities

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Changing cities
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Dec 2015
Urban processes are increasingly held to be responsible for causing a variety of problems environmental destruction, social injustice, global...

Climate change: transitions to sustainability

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Climate change: transitions to sustainability Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Sep 2015
Human societies have to take urgent action to end their dependences on fossil fuels. We have to alter the whole path of our development and...

Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 May 2015
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Working with our environment: an introduction

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Working with our environment: an introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This free course, Working with our environment: an...

Water for life

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Water for life Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 19 Mar 2015
Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up our world, including ourselves. In this free course, Water for...

Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems

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Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
What is ecology and why is it important to our understanding of the world around us? This free course, Introducing the environment: Ecology and...

Introducing environmental decision making

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Introducing environmental decision making Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
Many of the decisions we make have implications for our environment, particularly those concerning natural resources and waste. Taking account of...

Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 22 Aug 2014
This free course, Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth, focuses on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and...

Logframe planning

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Logframe planning Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 11 Aug 2014
As a way of thinking about projects, Logical Framework Analysis helps to focus on some key questions during the project design process. This free...

Environmental management and organisations

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Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels and by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not always...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. Our...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Environmental management 2

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Environmental management 2 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...

Environmental management 1

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Environmental management 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Why is environmental management vital for our sustainability? What kind of environmental management do we need now? Explore systemic answers to...