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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
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

Renewable energy redoubles its global reach - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: "Ouagadougou shop" by Wegmann - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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...

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...

Climate change: Think risk not fact

Climate change: Think risk not fact Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Dr. Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in Environment at The Open University discusses how we should focus on risk when looking at climate change. 

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage?

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage? Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rinaldi under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Although the nuclear meltdown depicted in Blackhat is fiction, Mike Richards warns there are other ways those with bad intentions could switch our...

Mobile devices and their usefulness to field work

Mobile devices and their usefulness to field work Copyrighted image Credit: Rasica | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 Jun 2014
So much more than a telephone, mobile phones can be used for a variety of tasks when undertaking field work.

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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...

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...

Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Oct 2011
This unit focuses on the problem of green-house gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and explores what you can do to lighten those emissions...

Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think

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Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
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 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: Complexity and chaos

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
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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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
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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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 27 Jul 2011
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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 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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Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...