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  • How can you turn desert into farmland? Creative commons image Icon Tim Zachernuk under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    How can you turn desert into farmland?

    By Richard Blaustein

    Soil is not just dirt but a living system with many important functions. Degraded soils impact on food production,...

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    19 Apr 2018

  • How can you turn desert into farmland?

    How can you turn desert into farmland? Creative commons image Icon Tim Zachernuk under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 19 Apr 2018
    Soil is not just dirt but a living system with many important functions. Degraded soils impact on food production, erosion, and more, affecting the lives of...
  • How did a natural disaster take us closer to Brexit? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: US Coastguard

    How did a natural disaster take us closer to Brexit?

    By Rahel Cramer

    The framing of the national debate around Brexit owed a debt to coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, says...

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    10 Apr 2018

  • How did a natural disaster take us closer to Brexit?

    How did a natural disaster take us closer to Brexit? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: US Coastguard New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2018
    The framing of the national debate around Brexit owed a debt to coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, says Rahel Cramer.
  • How do natural disasters affect mental health? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: US Coast Guard

    How do natural disasters affect mental health?

    By Jane Palmer

    Understanding why suicide rates in Puerto Rico have risen by a third since Hurricane Maria could help us prepare for...

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    10 Apr 2018

  • How do natural disasters affect mental health?

    How do natural disasters affect mental health? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: US Coast Guard New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2018
    Understanding why suicide rates in Puerto Rico have risen by a third since Hurricane Maria could help us prepare for future natural disasters. Jane Palmer...
  • Dropping the population bomb - 50 years of BBC environmental broadcasting, part two Creative commons image Icon Tim Loudon via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
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    03 Apr 2018

  • Dropping the population bomb - 50 years of BBC environmental broadcasting, part two

    Dropping the population bomb - 50 years of BBC environmental broadcasting, part two Creative commons image Icon Tim Loudon via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
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    How have the films and radio programmes broadcast by the BBC shaped how we understand environmental change issues? Joe Smith shares his journey through the...
  • Fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental change issues Creative commons image Icon Athole McLauchlan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    27 Mar 2018

  • Fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental change issues

    Fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental change issues Creative commons image Icon Athole McLauchlan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Mar 2018
    How have the films and radio programmes broadcast by the BBC shaped how we understand environmental change issues? Joe Smith shares his journey through the...
  • Why is snow so hard to predict? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 70154

    Why is snow so hard to predict?

    By Peter Clark

    Much of the country is bracing for The Beast From The East, and a battering from heavy snow. But equally, it might...

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    26 Feb 2018

  • Why is snow so hard to predict?

    Why is snow so hard to predict? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 70154
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Feb 2018
    Much of the country is bracing for The Beast From The East, and a battering from heavy snow. But equally, it might not happen - New York famously faced a...
  • How are tiny air pollutants causing massive storms in the Amazon? Creative commons image Icon CIFOR under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    22 Feb 2018

  • How are tiny air pollutants causing massive storms in the Amazon?

    How are tiny air pollutants causing massive storms in the Amazon? Creative commons image Icon CIFOR under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Feb 2018
    The smallest specks of air pollution can create enormous storms in the rainforest - and we don't yet understand enough about this, reports Rodrigo de...
  • Killers or carers? Creative commons image Icon By Andy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Killers or carers?

    By Matthew Cole, Kate Stewart

    Who do we think we are when it comes to other animals?- asks Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart.

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    21 Feb 2018

  • Killers or carers?

    Killers or carers? Creative commons image Icon By Andy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Updated 21 Feb 2018
    Who do we think we are when it comes to other animals?- asks Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart.
  • London’s great smog prompts link with Delhi Creative commons image Icon wonker under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    London’s great smog prompts link with Delhi

    By Alex Kirby

    The UK has cleaner air than in 1952 when the great smog of London descended on the capital – but not yet clean enough...

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    19 Feb 2018

  • London’s great smog prompts link with Delhi

    London’s great smog prompts link with Delhi Creative commons image Icon wonker under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Feb 2018
    The UK has cleaner air than in 1952 when the great smog of London descended on the capital – but not yet clean enough for thousands.
  • Electric bus was killed off 100 years ago Creative commons image Icon domdomegg under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Electric bus was killed off 100 years ago

    By Kieran Cooke

    The electric bus and other vehicles could have been running in the UK over a century ago, if fraudsters had not...

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    19 Feb 2018

  • Electric bus was killed off 100 years ago

    Electric bus was killed off 100 years ago Creative commons image Icon domdomegg under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Feb 2018
    The electric bus and other vehicles could have been running in the UK over a century ago, if fraudsters had not stifled clean transport at birth.

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  • Why sustainable energy matters

    Access to safe, clean and sustainable energy supplies is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity during the twenty-first century. This free...

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    09 Feb 2018

  • Why sustainable energy matters

    Why sustainable energy matters Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 09 Feb 2018
    Access to safe, clean and sustainable energy supplies is one of the greatest...
  • Exploring philosophy: faking nature

    Commercial exploitation of nature, such as mining, fracking, or generating hydro-electric power, often damages the way the natural environment...

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    9 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    06 Feb 2018

  • Exploring philosophy: faking nature

    Exploring philosophy: faking nature Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City/Bridgeman Images
    Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 06 Feb 2018
    Commercial exploitation of nature, such as mining, fracking, or generating hydro...
  • 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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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Feb 2018

  • Watching the weather

    Watching the weather Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission © NASA
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 01 Feb 2018
    This free course, Watching the weather, describes how meteorological observations...
  • 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

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    17 Jan 2018

  • Water for life

    Water for life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Jan 2018
    Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up...
  • The frozen planet

    This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the...

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    7 hours

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    06 Dec 2017

  • The frozen planet

    The frozen planet
    Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 06 Dec 2017
    This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the...
  • Extending 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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    7 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    29 Nov 2017

  • Extending water resources

    Extending water resources Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 29 Nov 2017
    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is...
  • 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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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Aug 2017

  • Water use and the water cycle

    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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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    09 Aug 2017

  • Environmental management and organisations

    Environmental management and organisations
    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

    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

    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...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

    Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

    BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

    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 23 Apr 2018
    Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities...

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...