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  • What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change? Creative commons image Icon InSapphoWeTrust under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change?

    By Mary Bates

    As scientists try to understand how the changing climate might affect global species, one study is looking at a small...

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  • What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change?

    What can parasites on Arctic shrews tell us about climate change? Creative commons image Icon InSapphoWeTrust under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
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    As scientists try to understand how the changing climate might affect global species, one study is looking at a small mammal - and its smaller parasites - to...
  • 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 Britain has been told to prepare for its first significant snow of the winter today. But equally, it might...

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  • Why is snow so hard to predict?

    Why is snow so hard to predict? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 70154 New content
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    Much of Britain has been told to prepare for its first significant snow of the winter today. But equally, it might not happen - New York famously faced a...
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    How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

    If you've got a story about science, you'll want to get it read. The first step is getting an editor to want to...

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  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor?

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    If you've got a story about science, you'll want to get it read. The first step is getting an editor to want to publish it... but how do you persuade the...
  • What will Donald Trump do for the environment? Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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  • What will Donald Trump do for the environment?

    What will Donald Trump do for the environment? Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    A collection of experts try to predict how Donald Trump's presidency might impact on the planet.
  • OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016 Creative commons image Icon Erik Wilde under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016

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    Look, we're calling them ice unicorns. What makes ice spikes happen? Plus Obama's record on climate change considered...

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    Look, we're calling them ice unicorns. What makes ice spikes happen? Plus Obama's record on climate change considered, and how the Big Mac was born. Learning...
  • Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University

    Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits...

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    03 Nov 2016

  • Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

    Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
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    Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits of expanding Heathrow, using a ...
  • OpenLearn Live: 18th August 2016 Creative commons image Icon Two Wings under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 18th August 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    What's the stuff that gymnasts put on their hands? How is Australia helping Japan identify the dead of the Second...

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    18 Aug 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 18th August 2016

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    What's the stuff that gymnasts put on their hands? How is Australia helping Japan identify the dead of the Second World War? How is Park Hill changing?...
  • OpenLearn Live: 12th August 2016 Creative commons image Icon Caio Costa Ribeiro under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 12th August 2016

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    Rio looks to tomorrow; Canada tries to save its desert. Free learning from across the day.

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  • OpenLearn Live: 12th August 2016

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    Rio looks to tomorrow; Canada tries to save its desert. Free learning from across the day.
  • How can you use sand to store energy? Creative commons image Icon Łukasz Zabierowski under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How can you use sand to store energy?

    By Ali Audi

    A new project is attempting to bring together two things the desert has in abundance - sand and sunshine - to...

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    09 Aug 2016

  • How can you use sand to store energy?

    How can you use sand to store energy? Creative commons image Icon Łukasz Zabierowski under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Aug 2016
    A new project is attempting to bring together two things the desert has in abundance - sand and sunshine - to generate power cleanly and efficiently.
  • Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Icon Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

    By Michelle Dobrovolny

    Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit....

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    25 Jul 2016

  • Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

    Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Icon Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
    Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit. Should access to the rock become a basic...

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  • 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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    Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up...
  • Unclear about nuclear?

    Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear industry will find assistance in this free course, Unclear about...

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    Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear...
  • Operations, technology and stakeholder value

    The management of processes or operations is the very essence of any kind of business enterprise, and it is critically important that they are...

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    The management of processes or operations is the very essence of any kind of...
  • 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...

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    Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with...
  • Earth's physical resources: petroleum

    The discovery of the world's first major underground oil field in Pennsylvania, USA in 1859 sparked the continuing era of the world's reliance on...

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    18 Aug 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Aug 2016
    The discovery of the world's first major underground oil field in Pennsylvania,...
  • Global warming

    This free course provides an introduction to global warming. We will be considering the history of global warming by looking at the pattern of ice...

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    12 Aug 2016

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    This free course provides an introduction to global warming. We will be...
  • 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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    03 May 2016

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 May 2016
    Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating...
  • Logframe planning

    As a way of thinking about projects, Logical Framework Analysis helps to focus on some key questions during the project design process. This free...

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    22 Apr 2016

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    As a way of thinking about projects, Logical Framework Analysis helps to focus on...
  • Working with our environment: an introduction

    Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This free course, Working with our environment: an...

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    Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the...
  • Sustainable Scotland

    Sustainable Scotland is a free course that will appeal to anyone with an interest in a sustainable future in the context of contemporary Scottish...

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    Sustainable Scotland is a free course that will appeal to anyone with an interest...

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
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    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 24 Jan 2017
    How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built...

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

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Jan 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
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    Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jan 2017
    How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its...

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    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    Environmental management 2

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    This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking...

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    Environmental management 1 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 24 Jan 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Why is environmental management vital for our sustainability? What kind of...