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  • What does climate change mean for Pakistan?

    By Saleem Shaikh

    Pakistan will have to prepare for ever rising temperatures - and the threats that brings with it.

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    22 Jun 2018

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    Pakistan will have to prepare for ever rising temperatures - and the threats that brings with it.
  • Plastic planet

    The discovery of plastic unleashed humanity's creativity, as we embraced the magic of this versatile product. But it...

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    19 Jun 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jun 2018
    The discovery of plastic unleashed humanity's creativity, as we embraced the magic of this versatile product. But it was at a cost - has the material which...
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    05 Jun 2018

  • My Interest in Cities is Really an Interest in the Way People Live

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jun 2018
    How do cities bring places, relationships and networks together, and what sorts of politics do they create? 
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    29 May 2018

  • Biohotel: das Landgut Stober in Brandenburg

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 May 2018
    Exploring sustainable tourism with Michael Stober. This content is in German.
  • Automated, satellite-based volcano monitoring

    By Nikola Rogic

    Less than 10% of the ∼1500 active subaerial volcanoes around the world are monitored with appropriate frequency...

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    29 May 2018

  • Automated, satellite-based volcano monitoring

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 May 2018
    Less than 10% of the ∼1500 active subaerial volcanoes around the world are monitored with appropriate frequency says PhD student, Nikola Rogic.
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    29 May 2018

  • Ancient Rain: Historic monsoons could help us respond to climate change

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 May 2018
    Researching the Indian summer monsoon can allow us to develop a better understanding of our changing climate says PhD student, Katrina Nilsson...
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    'Good' food destroying biodiversity?

    By Dr Yoseph Araya

    On International Day for Biodiversity (22 May), maybe it's time you considered the impact of the production of ‘good’...

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    22 May 2018

  • 'Good' food destroying biodiversity?

    'Good' food destroying biodiversity? Creative commons image Icon nic0 under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
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    On International Day for Biodiversity (22 May), maybe it's time you considered the impact of the production of ‘good’ food on biodiversity
  • How to read a rock

    By Stacy Phillips

    By understanding the ways in which minerals combine to form rocks like the way words link to form sentences, we can...

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    11 May 2018

  • How to read a rock

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 May 2018
    By understanding the ways in which minerals combine to form rocks like the way words link to form sentences, we can start to unravel the secrets of the...
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    How old is a mountain range?

    By Eleni Wood

    Eleni Wood explains how the science of 'geochronology' can be used to effectively analyse the history of a...

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    08 May 2018

  • How old is a mountain range?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 May 2018
    Eleni Wood explains how the science of 'geochronology' can be used to effectively analyse the history of a mountain range.
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    United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21

    By Professor Joe Smith

    This interactive map is a world first. It gives you the chance to explore a major international meeting on climate...

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Apr 2018

  • United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 24 Apr 2018
    This interactive map is a world first. It gives you the chance to explore a major international meeting on climate change as if you were there. 

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    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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  • Exploring philosophy: faking nature

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    Commercial exploitation of nature, such as mining, fracking, or generating hydro...
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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

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    Access to safe, clean and sustainable energy supplies is one of the greatest...
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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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    01 Feb 2018

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    This free course, Watching the weather, describes how meteorological observations...
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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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Jan 2018

  • Water for life

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    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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    06 Dec 2017

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    This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the...
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    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

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    Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is...
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    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 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

  • Environmental management and organisations

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    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...
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    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    05 Jun 2017

  • Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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    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
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    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
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Jun 2018
    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
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Jun 2018
    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 18 Jun 2018
    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
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Jun 2018
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Jun 2018
    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
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Jun 2018
    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 18 Jun 2018
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...