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Living without oil

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Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. It is vital in the manufacture of many modern materials. But the worlds supply of oil is finite, its price is unstable and our reliance on oil has damaging environmental consequences. This free course, Living without oil, explains why developing alternatives to oil is an essential and urgent task for humanity.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the core concepts, principles and language relating to the science and social issues appropriate to the development of alternatives to oil products
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the impact of the use of oil on the future of our planet
  • express and rewrite concepts in an objective and factually correct way
  • make sense of information presented in different ways, including textual, numerical or graphical material.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 8 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 22nd March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Science
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Living without oil

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Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. It is vital in the manufacture of many modern materials. But the world's supply of oil is finite, its price is unstable and our reliance on oil has damaging environmental consequences. This course explains why developing alternatives to oil is an essential and urgent task for humanity.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course s176 Learn about living without oil [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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