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  • Family photos and what they mean Creative commons image Icon Eli Braud - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Family photos and what they mean

    By Professor Gillian Rose

    What can family photos tell us about households, gender roles and emerging technology? Professor Gillian Rose...

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    15 Sep 2017

  • Family photos and what they mean

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    Family photos and what they mean Creative commons image Icon Eli Braud - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Sep 2017
    What can family photos tell us about households, gender roles and emerging technology? Professor Gillian Rose explores her research on family...
  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean?

    By María Elena Hurtado

    In August 2017, a new convention governing the use of Mercury came into force (at least in the countries which have...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean?

    What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    In August 2017, a new convention governing the use of Mercury came into force (at least in the countries which have signed up). María Elena Hurtado explains...
  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into the environment.
  • ‘Rule Britannia, Britannia Rules the Waves’: From fishing patriotism to pragmatism Creative commons image Icon 'Fishing for Leave' by Sonse, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    ‘Rule Britannia, Britannia Rules the Waves’: From fishing patriotism to pragmatism

    By Chris Williams

    Pop quiz: which UK industry is approximately equal in size to sewing machine manufacturing, yet claims to have swung...

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    06 Sep 2017

  • ‘Rule Britannia, Britannia Rules the Waves’: From fishing patriotism to pragmatism

    ‘Rule Britannia, Britannia Rules the Waves’: From fishing patriotism to pragmatism Creative commons image Icon 'Fishing for Leave' by Sonse, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Sep 2017
    Pop quiz: which UK industry is approximately equal in size to sewing machine manufacturing, yet claims to have swung the Brexit vote?
  • Coping on the Coast: moral economies and liminality at the heart of things that matter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Johanna Wadsley
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    04 Sep 2017

  • Coping on the Coast: moral economies and liminality at the heart of things that matter

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    Coping on the Coast: moral economies and liminality at the heart of things that matter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Johanna Wadsley
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 Sep 2017
    Does geography influence peoples’ sense of security and well-being?
  • Northern Ireland’s Brexit border: the promise of invisibility Creative commons image Icon henrikjon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Northern Ireland’s Brexit border: the promise of invisibility

    By John Garry

    What is happening with Northern Ireland's border and Brexit - and where are the negotiations going?

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    30 Aug 2017

  • Northern Ireland’s Brexit border: the promise of invisibility

    Northern Ireland’s Brexit border: the promise of invisibility Creative commons image Icon henrikjon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2017
    What is happening with Northern Ireland's border and Brexit - and where are the negotiations going?
  • For older people, the storms might abate but the harm persists Creative commons image Icon jillcarson.org under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    For older people, the storms might abate but the harm persists

    By Sue Anne Belle

    For older people, the effects of being caught in a natural disaster can remain long after the clear-up teams have...

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    29 Aug 2017

  • For older people, the storms might abate but the harm persists

    For older people, the storms might abate but the harm persists Creative commons image Icon jillcarson.org under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Aug 2017
    For older people, the effects of being caught in a natural disaster can remain long after the clear-up teams have moved on. Sue Anne Belle explains why.
  • Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey? Creative commons image Icon The National Guard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey?

    By Andrew King

    It's been an event described as "historic" and "once in a thousand years" - but Andrew King explains why a changing...

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    29 Aug 2017

  • Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey?

    Should Houston prepare for more Hurricanes like Harvey? Creative commons image Icon The National Guard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Aug 2017
    It's been an event described as "historic" and "once in a thousand years" - but Andrew King explains why a changing climate might mean Harvey may be a...
  • Is your wash day polluting the oceans? Creative commons image Icon Mirko Tobias Schafer under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Is your wash day polluting the oceans?

    By Dr Natalie Welden

    Every time you wash your clothes, microfibres escape into the environment. And that, explains Dr Natalie Welden, is a...

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    25 Aug 2017

  • Is your wash day polluting the oceans?

    Is your wash day polluting the oceans? Creative commons image Icon Mirko Tobias Schafer under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Every time you wash your clothes, microfibres escape into the environment. And that, explains Dr Natalie Welden, is a huge threat to our oceans.
  • North Sea, air safety and Brexit Creative commons image Icon "Crew Change" by arbyreed, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    North Sea, air safety and Brexit

    By James Cusick

    Does the political fight about who controls safety in the North Sea reveal just how difficult Brexit is going to be?

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    25 Aug 2017

  • North Sea, air safety and Brexit

    North Sea, air safety and Brexit Creative commons image Icon "Crew Change" by arbyreed, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Does the political fight about who controls safety in the North Sea reveal just how difficult Brexit is going to be?

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    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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    Watching the weather Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission © NASA
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Sep 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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    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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    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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    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

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    05 Jun 2017

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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...
  • 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

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    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

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    03 Apr 2017

  • Climate change: transitions to sustainability

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    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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    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

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    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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    01 Feb 2017

  • 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...

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 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 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    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 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 2017
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...