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Goal-setting for a better world: Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Aug 2015
The 2000 Millennium Goals set targets, aspiring to make the world a better place. As we reach the end of the year by which they were to be achieved...

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: By Jason Auch [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
Global temperatures have risen by 1°C in the past 150 years, and one scientist says doubling that level could unleash catastrophic sea level rise...

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war - Climate News Network

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: By DFID - UK Department for International Development [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Jul 2015
An international scientific report commissioned by the UK government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear...

Renewable energy redoubles its global reach - Climate News Network

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Jul 2015
As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise− but carbon emissions did not. 

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 - Climate News Network

Overheating Earth staggers into Last Chance Saloon - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar, via Wikimedia Commons
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

The environmental web

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2015 Register by 07 Jan 2016
Examine contemporary issues such as biodiversity and climate change, drawing on different disciplines to understand environmental changes, their...

Environment: sharing a dynamic planet

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Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Gain an understanding of today’s challenging environmental issues by exploring key global concerns – life, water, carbon, and food – through a rich...