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  • The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Crossrail Ltd

    The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown

    Ten thousand engineers and construction workers race to complete Crossrail.

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    30 May 2017

  • The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown

    The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Crossrail Ltd Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 May 2017
    Ten thousand engineers and construction workers race to complete Crossrail.
  • Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste? Creative commons image Icon Ivan2010 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste?

    By Madhukara Putty

    Obsolete computer equipment creates a waste headache. Smashing it up into tiny, tiny particles might be the best way...

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    5 mins

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    03 May 2017

  • Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste?

    Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste? Creative commons image Icon Ivan2010 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 May 2017
    Obsolete computer equipment creates a waste headache. Smashing it up into tiny, tiny particles might be the best way of recycling, says new research.
  • How bad are things at the Great Barrier Reef? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Supplied by Tony Chase of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies to The Conversation to support CC-BY-ND article

    How bad are things at the Great Barrier Reef?

    By James Kerry, Britta Schaffelke, Terry Hughes

    Coral bleaching is being reported at unprecedented levels, caused by rising sea temperatures. Researchers explain...

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    10 Apr 2017

  • How bad are things at the Great Barrier Reef?

    How bad are things at the Great Barrier Reef? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Supplied by Tony Chase of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies to The Conversation to support CC-BY-ND article
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2017
    Coral bleaching is being reported at unprecedented levels, caused by rising sea temperatures. Researchers explain what's going on.
  • More than carbon sinks: Other ways forests can fight climate change Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: music4life

    More than carbon sinks: Other ways forests can fight climate change

    By Crispin Maslog

    Trees can lock carbon dioxide safely out the atmosphere. But don't forget forests can cool and dampen the planet, too.

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    04 Apr 2017

  • More than carbon sinks: Other ways forests can fight climate change

    More than carbon sinks: Other ways forests can fight climate change Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: music4life
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Apr 2017
    Trees can lock carbon dioxide safely out the atmosphere. But don't forget forests can cool and dampen the planet, too.
  • The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster Creative commons image Icon BBC World Service under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster

    By Dr J V Beer

    Fifty years ago [March 1967] the Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, splilling over...

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    29 Mar 2017

  • The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster

    The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster Creative commons image Icon BBC World Service under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Fifty years ago [March 1967] the Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, splilling over 100 million litres of crude oil into the...
  • 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

    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
    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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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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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.

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  • 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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    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...
  • 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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    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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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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    3 hours

    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...
  • 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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Sep 2016

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    Unclear about nuclear?
    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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    40 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    24 Aug 2016

  • Operations, technology and stakeholder value

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    Operations, technology and stakeholder value Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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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    Earth's physical resources: petroleum Creative commons image Icon Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
    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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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Aug 2016

  • Global warming

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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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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    03 May 2016

  • Energy in buildings

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    Energy in buildings
    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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    3 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    22 Apr 2016

  • Logframe planning

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    Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Apr 2016
    As a way of thinking about projects, Logical Framework Analysis helps to focus on...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 28 May 2017
    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 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 May 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 25 May 2017
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...

    Innovation: designing for change

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    Innovation: designing for change Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    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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    Renewable energy
    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...