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  • The world of water

    By The OpenLearn team

    Delve into the world of water to celebrate World Water Day (22 March), and take a look at our free courses and...

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    22 Mar 2017

  • The world of water

    The world of water Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Mar 2017
    Delve into the world of water to celebrate World Water Day (22 March), and take a look at our free courses and articles on the subject.
  • What impact does your pet's food have on the environment? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: publicdomainpictures.net

    What impact does your pet's food have on the environment?

    By Dr Cailin Heinze

    Producing food for our four-legged friends comes with a massive environmental costs, explains Cailin Heinze.

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    21 Mar 2017

  • What impact does your pet's food have on the environment?

    What impact does your pet's food have on the environment? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: publicdomainpictures.net New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Mar 2017
    Producing food for our four-legged friends comes with a massive environmental costs, explains Cailin Heinze.
  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    By Rob Marchant

    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob...

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    13 Mar 2017

  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob Marchant explains how the 'Indian Nino'...
  • Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers Creative commons image Icon Garry Knight under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Dr Peter Wood, a Visiting Fellow with the Geography Discipline, argues that although methodological choices are often...

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    20 Feb 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers

    Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers Creative commons image Icon Garry Knight under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Feb 2017
    Dr Peter Wood, a Visiting Fellow with the Geography Discipline, argues that although methodological choices are often seen as technical decisions, they can...
  • The environmental costs of Trump’s wall Creative commons image Icon Loco Steve under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

    By Dr Shonil Bhagwat

    Trump's wall will not only have long-lasting impact on human society, but also severe ecological consequences.

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    17 Feb 2017

  • The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

    The environmental costs of Trump’s wall Creative commons image Icon Loco Steve under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Feb 2017
    Trump's wall will not only have long-lasting impact on human society, but also severe ecological consequences.
  • How are drones keeping track of songbirds? Creative commons image Icon Henry T. McLin under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How are drones keeping track of songbirds?

    By Mary Bates

    Keeping track on bird populations? It's the perfect task for a drone. Mary Bates reports.

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    16 Feb 2017

  • How are drones keeping track of songbirds?

    How are drones keeping track of songbirds? Creative commons image Icon Henry T. McLin under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Feb 2017
    Keeping track on bird populations? It's the perfect task for a drone. Mary Bates reports.
  • Building over farmland: Will city expansion leave the world hungry? Creative commons image Icon fran_sinclair under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Building over farmland: Will city expansion leave the world hungry?

    By Madhukara Putty

    Demand for building land is going to take 30 million hectares out of production. Where will the food for the new city...

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    30 Jan 2017

  • Building over farmland: Will city expansion leave the world hungry?

    Building over farmland: Will city expansion leave the world hungry? Creative commons image Icon fran_sinclair under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jan 2017
    Demand for building land is going to take 30 million hectares out of production. Where will the food for the new city dwellers come from?
  • 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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    23 Jan 2017

  • 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
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    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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    12 Jan 2017

  • 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 12 Jan 2017
    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...
  • How do I pitch an idea to a science editor? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Kaboompics

    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?

    How do I pitch an idea to a science editor? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Kaboompics
    Updated 11 Jan 2017
    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...

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  • 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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    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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    14 Mar 2017

  • Water for life

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    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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  • Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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    Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 01 Feb 2017
    Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with...
  • 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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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Sep 2016
    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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    24 Aug 2016

  • Operations, technology and stakeholder value

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    Advanced level Duration 40 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
    The management of processes or operations is the very essence of any kind of...
  • 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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    18 Aug 2016

  • Earth's physical resources: petroleum

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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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    03 May 2016

  • Energy in buildings

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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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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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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    30 Mar 2016

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

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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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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 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 28 Mar 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 28 Mar 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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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 28 Mar 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 28 Mar 2017
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...

    Innovation: designing for change

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This project-based module looks at how successful innovations emerge, and how...

    Renewable energy

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    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    You’ll review the eight main renewable energy technologies and develop your...