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  • The Deep: Polar 'pumps' Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    The Deep: Polar 'pumps'

    By Dr Philip Sexton

    The life of almost all marine animals relies on the 'polar pumps' caused by rising and falling water. Philip Sexton...

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    01 Nov 2017

  • The Deep: Polar 'pumps'

    The Deep: Polar 'pumps' Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Nov 2017
    The life of almost all marine animals relies on the 'polar pumps' caused by rising and falling water. Philip Sexton explains how they work.
  • Blue Planet II's message to humanity Creative commons image Icon Denis Felikson, University of Texas / NASA under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Blue Planet II's message to humanity

    By Miranda Dyson, Dr Philip Sexton

    Alongside the stunning photography and amazing stories, there's a serious warning in Blue Planet II that deserves our...

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    30 Oct 2017

  • Blue Planet II's message to humanity

    Blue Planet II's message to humanity Creative commons image Icon Denis Felikson, University of Texas / NASA under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2017
    Alongside the stunning photography and amazing stories, there's a serious warning in Blue Planet II that deserves our attention, say Miranda Dyson and Phil...
  • Hallowain't III: Ghost moose Creative commons image Icon Tuchodi under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    25 Oct 2017

  • Hallowain't III: Ghost moose

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    Hallowain't III: Ghost moose Creative commons image Icon Tuchodi under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Oct 2017
    A strange white moose crosses a field - is it an apparition? No.
  • Ocean Explorer Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Ocean Explorer

    By Dr Philip Sexton, Dr Julia Cooke

    Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer....

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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    20 Oct 2017

  • Ocean Explorer

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    Ocean Explorer Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 20 Oct 2017
    Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures...
  • Germany's Hidden Bombs Creative commons image Icon Holger Weinandt under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Germany's Hidden Bombs

    By Professor Annika Mombauer

    There are between 135,000 and 270,000 tons of unexploded bombs from the Second World War remaining in Germany’s soil....

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    06 Oct 2017

  • Germany's Hidden Bombs

    Germany's Hidden Bombs Creative commons image Icon Holger Weinandt under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2017
    There are between 135,000 and 270,000 tons of unexploded bombs from the Second World War remaining in Germany’s soil. Professor Annika Mombauer looks at the...
  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1 Creative commons image Icon cyocum under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    03 Oct 2017

  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1

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    The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1 Creative commons image Icon cyocum under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Oct 2017
    How do local communities respond to the risks and opportunities of nuclear power? 
  • How do fire controls harm biodiversity? Creative commons image Icon Francesco Veronesi under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How do fire controls harm biodiversity?

    By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade

    Attempts to control human created fire in Brazil has seen a growth of dense forest - but it comes at a cost, reports...

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    26 Sep 2017

  • How do fire controls harm biodiversity?

    How do fire controls harm biodiversity? Creative commons image Icon Francesco Veronesi under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Sep 2017
    Attempts to control human created fire in Brazil has seen a growth of dense forest - but it comes at a cost, reports Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade.
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    22 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Sep 2017
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dr Meg-John Barker challenges the 'gender is binary and fixed at birth' narrative.
  • Researching cycling in the US & the UK Creative commons image Icon New York CDOT under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Researching cycling in the US & the UK

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Peter Wood shares his experiences researching cyclists - on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    19 Sep 2017

  • Researching cycling in the US & the UK

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    Researching cycling in the US & the UK Creative commons image Icon New York CDOT under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Sep 2017
    Peter Wood shares his experiences researching cyclists - on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Protecting Landscapes and Creating the Right Tools for the Job Creative commons image Icon duncan c under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    15 Sep 2017

  • Protecting Landscapes and Creating the Right Tools for the Job

    Protecting Landscapes and Creating the Right Tools for the Job Creative commons image Icon duncan c under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Sep 2017
    How do national parks manage the demands of different users, whilst still conserving natural beauty?

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  • Watching the weather

    This free course, Watching the weather, describes how meteorological observations are made looking upwards from the surface of the Earth, looking...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    Watching the weather Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission © NASA
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 19 Oct 2017
    This free course, Watching the weather, describes how meteorological observations...
  • Water use and the water cycle

    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Aug 2017

  • Water use and the water cycle

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    Water use and the water cycle Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is...
  • Environmental management and organisations

    It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels and by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not always...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    09 Aug 2017

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Aug 2017
    It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels and by...
  • Energy in buildings

    Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    19 Jul 2017

  • Energy in buildings

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    Energy in buildings
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 19 Jul 2017
    Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating...
  • Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

    This free course, Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth, focuses on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and...

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    15 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    05 Jun 2017

  • Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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    Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Jun 2017
    This free course, Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth, focuses on the...
  • Transport and sustainability

    This free course, Transport and sustainability, explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can...

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    26 May 2017

  • Transport and sustainability

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    This free course, Transport and sustainability, explores the issues around...
  • Climate change: transitions to sustainability

    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...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    03 Apr 2017

  • Climate change: transitions to sustainability

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    Climate change: transitions to sustainability Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Apr 2017
    Human societies have to take urgent action to end their dependences on fossil...
  • Global water resources

    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle...

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    2 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    22 Mar 2017

  • Global water resources

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    Global water resources Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 22 Mar 2017
    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is...
  • Water for life

    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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    15 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2017

  • Water for life

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    Water for life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 14 Mar 2017
    Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up...
  • Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

    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 major...

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    3 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    01 Feb 2017

  • Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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    Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright © Artur Marciniec/Alamy
    Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 01 Feb 2017
    Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

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    BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Creative commons image Icon Natural Resources Conservation Science under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its...

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...