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Science behind the lens

Science behind the lens Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Dec 2014
Do you find yourself screaming at the screen in frustration when Hollywood films get the science wrong? 

Order your free wild weather poster

Order your free wild weather poster Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 05 Nov 2014
Order your free wild weather poster to accompany the BBC series.

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Recreate an avalanche, dust storm, flood or tornado in the comfort of your own home by watching these short videos investigating extreme weather.

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Dust Storms

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Dust Storms Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Cook up a (dust) storm in your own home by participating in this mini science experiment. 

All you need to know about Iceland’s volcanic eruption

All you need to know about Iceland’s volcanic eruption Creative commons image Credit: Sparkle Motion under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Sep 2014
Will the disruption caused by Eyjafjallajökull's ash cloud in 2010 be repeated in Iceland's latest volcanic eruption?

The IPCC report in a social nutshell

The IPCC report in a social nutshell Copyrighted image Credit: Production team - grabbed from rough cut
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Sep 2013
As the IPCC publishes its report on Climate Change, Mark Brandon collects the headline thoughts of author Piers Forster.

Fracking: How much gas and what about the water

Fracking: How much gas and what about the water Creative commons image Credit: By US Geological Survey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Sep 2013
Just how much gas is available by the process of fracking, and what volume of water is required?

Planet watchers

Planet watchers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Updated 02 Sep 2013
As Open University researchers are discovering, environmental research is not just about the melting ice caps and endangered polar bears, but also...

Power My Postcode: Compare energy sources in your own backyard

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Power My Postcode: Compare energy sources in your own backyard Creative commons image Credit: The Open University / mapping: Google
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Aug 2013
Learn about energy production in the UK by entering your postcode into our tool to find out how much of your local area a fuel source can power...

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Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Nov 2013
The unit will provide an opportunity for young people (18+) who are interested but unsure about entering the nuclear industry to develop their...

Transport and sustainability

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Transport and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: S.Potter
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can interact to lower the overall impact of...

Watching the weather

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Watching the weather Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission © NASA
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 26 Apr 2013
This unit describes how meteorological observations are made looking upwards from the surface of the Earth, looking downwards from satellites in...

Energy resources: An introduction to energy resources

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Energy resources: An introduction to energy resources Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Mar 2012
Energy resources are essential for any society, be it one dependent on subsistence farming or an industrialised country. There are many different...

Water use and the water cycle

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Water use and the water cycle Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 Jan 2012
Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle...

Earth's physical resources: petroleum

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Earth's physical resources: petroleum Creative commons image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 03 Jan 2012
The discovery of of the world's first major underground oilfield in Pennsylvania, USA in 1859 sparked the continuing era of the world's reliance on...

The frozen planet

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The frozen planet
Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 02 Nov 2011
This unit is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons;...

Energy resources: Coal

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Energy resources: Coal Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 17 hours Updated 15 Sep 2011
During the Indistrial Revolution half of the world's coal came from Britain. We still rely heavily on it today to meet our energy needs, but now we...

Future energy demand and supply

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Future energy demand and supply Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 13 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of...

An introduction to sustainable energy

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit provides an introductory overview of the present energy systems...