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Finishing touches

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Finishing touches Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Sep 2010
José Manuel is from Madrid-based interior design company Cuarto. He illustrates how they use green design techniques, and highlights the...

Finding the eco solution

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Finding the eco solution Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Sep 2010
David Hunt, Sales and Marketing Director for Eco Environments Ltd, describes how his business is offering renewable energy solutions to help the...

Bringing down the house

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Bringing down the house Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Sep 2010
Second-year Architecture students from The University of Nottingham talk about their work on the Nottingham House project - an example of how...

Raising the roof

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Raising the roof Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Sep 2010
Horticultural consultant for greenroof Alex Mortleman shows his passion for encouraging biodiversity and takes the OU's Joe Smith on a tour through...

A little change goes a long way

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A little change goes a long way Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Sep 2010
Neha Mehta and Anderson McClean from Newzeye Ltd talk about their work in publishing and marketing for brownfield regeneration and sustainable...

Delegates accused of ‘fiddling’ while the planet burns - Climate News Network

Delegates accused of ‘fiddling’ while the planet burns - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: Alan Harper under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Jun 2015
Tame end to Bonn climate talks leaves critics fearing that hopes are fading of a binding agreement being signed to keep global warming in check -...

Overheating Earth staggers into Last Chance Saloon

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Jun 2015
Hard bargaining in Bonn this week will probably decide whether the crucial climate talks in Paris in December can save human civilisation from...

When I'm 74: notes by a recently retired environmentalist

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When I'm 74: notes by a recently retired environmentalist Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 04 Jun 2015
By Robin Jepson
Observations on news stories relating to climate change, food production, water supply, energy and sustainability. 

Scientists zero in on only solution to climate crisis - Climate News Network

Scientists zero in on only solution to climate crisis - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: CSIRO [CC BY 3.0], undefined
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Apr 2015
Alex Kirby from Climate News Network informs us that a panel of international climate scientists says the world has only until 2050 to become...

Earth Day 2015

Earth Day 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: Nathan Gallagher
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
April 22 2015 is Earth Day, an international occasion for everyone wanting to do their bit to protect our planet and create a secure future. 

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Working with our environment: an introduction

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Working with our environment: an introduction Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems

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Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems Copyrighted image Credit: 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 unit looks at how we can study ecosystems to explore the...

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, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This is the fifth and final unit in the series on mathematical modelling. In this unit we revisit the model developed in the first unit of this...

Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Artur Marciniec/Alamy
Masters level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 May 2014
This unit begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the major sources of water pollution (these being sewage works,...

Managing coastal environments

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Managing coastal environments Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing. This unit looks at the example of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, England, describing how...

Transport and sustainability

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Transport and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: S.Potter
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can interact to lower the overall impact of...

The environmental impact of teaching and learning

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The environmental impact of teaching and learning
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit discusses the carbon based environmental impacts of teaching and learning in Higher Education Institutions and introduces a suite of...

Water for life

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Water for life Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up our world, including ourselves. In this unit you will learn the...

Sustainable Scotland

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Sustainable Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Jun 2013
This broad-based unit will introduce you to a number of different aspects of sustainability that impact on Scotland and the wider world. It wil...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
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 Credit: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Innovation: designing for change

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Innovation: designing for change Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This project-based module looks at how successful innovations emerge, and how innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically...

Environmental management 2

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Environmental management 2 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 03 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...