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Climate change’s costs are still escalating

Climate change’s costs are still escalating Creative commons image Yeoh Thean Kheng - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jul 2016
Scientific reports released for a conference today on disaster risk reduction warn that people are already dying and economies being hit by...

Soil could save Earth from overheating

Soil could save Earth from overheating Creative commons image Natural Resources Conservation Science under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jul 2016
New research shows that changing the way we farm and manage soils so they store carbon rather than lose it would help avoid dangerous climate...

Oil majors told to adapt or die

Oil majors told to adapt or die Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jul 2016
As profits and prices plummet, the oil conglomerates – some of the world’s biggest companies – have been warned they must change their ways or face...

Can natural infrastructure help Brazil beat its water crisis?

Can natural infrastructure help Brazil beat its water crisis? Creative commons image Hugo Martins under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jul 2016
Brazil has been beset by water crisis after water crisis in recent years. The World Resources Institute believes careful management of forests and...

Tim Scoones - Earth in Vision

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Tim Scoones - Earth in Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
Award-winning Executive Producer at the BBC Natural History Unit Tim Scoones discusses his inspirations, Springwatch, citizen science,...

Mary Colwell - Earth in Vision

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Mary Colwell - Earth in Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
Award winning TV, Radio and Digital producer Mary Colwell discusses her inspirations, what she is proud of, environmental issues and her hopes for...

Richard Brock - Earth in Vision

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Richard Brock - Earth in Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Richard Brock, founder of the Brock Initiative and Living Planet Productions, discusses 'Life on Earth', archive and conservation issues in...

Amanda Theunissen - Earth in Vision

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Amanda Theunissen - Earth in Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Amanda Theunissen, Editor of 'Nature' in the eighties, discusses environmental issues, The Octonauts and digital archive. 

OpenLearn Live: 8th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 8th June 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Didgeman
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Why antibiotics in cow dung might be even more worrying than you'd guess, and the sinking value of Coca-Cola. Free learning from through the...

World Environment Day 2016: Local engagement, global celebration

World Environment Day 2016: Local engagement, global celebration Copyrighted image Copyright: WED logo © UNEP | Background public domain Bessi/Pixabay
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jun 2016
Every year June 5th is globally celebrated as World Environment Day, a day where its inhabitants (at least the humans) pause to acknowledge the...

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Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2016
Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

Logframe planning

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Logframe planning Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
As a way of thinking about projects, Logical Framework Analysis helps to focus on some key questions during the project design process. This free...

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 30 Mar 2016
Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This free course, Working with our environment: an...

Sustainable Scotland

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Sustainable Scotland Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
Sustainable Scotland is a free course that will appeal to anyone with an interest in a sustainable future in the context of contemporary Scottish...

The environmental impact of teaching and learning

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The environmental impact of teaching and learning
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
This free course, The environmental impact of teaching and learning, discusses the impact on the environment of carbon based teaching and learning...

Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
This free course, Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth, focuses on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and...

Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

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Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback

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Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: A systems approach

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Understanding the environment: A systems approach Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: Co-evolution

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

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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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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 22 Jul 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...