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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...

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green?

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green? Creative commons image Jessie Hey under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
Research amongst Chinese students studying in the UK explores whether studying overseas can change people's behaviour.

Geography Matters

Geography Matters Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
A new initiative Georgraphy Matters is coming to the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Spring forward

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Spring forward Copyrighted image Copyright: Michael Jobling
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 26 Feb 2016
Records kept by amateur diarists confirm that spring is springing forward and autumn is falling back. Their work has spawned a new science -...

UK must balance food farming impacts

UK must balance food farming impacts Creative commons image By Drow69 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, $3 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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.

Safer battery could spark investment in renewables

Safer battery could spark investment in renewables Creative commons image Ed Suominen [
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
Researchers have developed a new battery to enable user generated renewable power to be stored cheaply and safely, reports Tim Radford from...

World must avert flood of climate refugees - Climate News Network

World must avert flood of climate refugees - Climate News Network Creative commons image By Richard P J Lambert [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
The world will face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming, reports Alex...

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network Creative commons image By Jason Auch [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
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...

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Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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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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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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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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...

Understanding the environment: Complexity and chaos

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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...

Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
What is ecology and why is it important to our understanding of the world around us? This free course, Introducing the environment: Ecology and...

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 17 Mar 2016
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 17 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Water for life

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Water for life Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up our world, including ourselves. In this free course, Water for...

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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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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...