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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

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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.

Bill McKibben - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 11 Dec 2015
Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in...

Stories of Change - Dr Jean-Francois Soussana

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Updated 10 Dec 2015
Dr Jean-Francois Soussana, Scientific Director, INRA, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'. 

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks Creative commons image Kate Ausburn under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
Communities across the UK (and beyond) have come together to protest against fracking in their areas. But there are strong economic imperatives...

Tamsin Edwards - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 04 Dec 2015
Tamsin Edwards, Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the Open University, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Camille Parmesan - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2015
Professor Camille Parmesan, School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Michael Jacobs - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2015
Professor Michael Jacobs, special adviser to Gordon Brown from 2004-10, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Joe Smith - Overview of Projects

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Introductory level Updated 20 Nov 2015
Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at The Open University, gives us an overview of his current projects. 

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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...

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...

Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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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...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 13 May 2014
Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review is the fifth and final course in the series on mathematical modelling. In this free course we...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This free course, Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes, is the first in the series of five courses that introduce the idea of modelling with...

Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Artur Marciniec/Alamy
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 May 2014
Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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...