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Scientists zero in on only solution to climate crisis - Climate News Network

Scientists zero in on only solution to climate crisis - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: CSIRO [CC BY 3.0], undefined
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Apr 2015
Alex Kirby from Climate News Network informs us that a panel of international climate scientists says the world has only until 2050 to become...

Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions

Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 07 Apr 2015
In the last of our visits to the men who cope with Newcastle's waste, we look to the future...

Climate change: Think risk not fact

Climate change: Think risk not fact Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Dr. Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in Environment at The Open University discusses how we should focus on risk when looking at climate change. 

Science Tasters

Science Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Waste not, want not?

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Waste not, want not? Copyrighted image Credit: Paper bales image (c) Philnik | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Oct 2014
Despite it being part of our everyday lives, waste management is a mystery to many. Try our quiz to test your knowledge.  

Earth Day

Earth Day Copyrighted image Credit: earthday.org/
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2014
Worldwide events to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count Copyrighted image Credit: Big Butterfly Count
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jun 2013
A nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment.

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Environmental management and organisations

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Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

Changing cities

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Changing cities
Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Jan 2012
Urban processes are increasingly held to be responsible for causing a variety of problems – environmental destruction, social injustice, global...

Jupiter and its moons

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Jupiter and its moons Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Jun 2011
Jupiter has long been an object of wonder, with its dramatic Great Red Spot, its numerous and varied satellites and the stunning collision of the...

Environment: journeys through a changing world

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Environment: journeys through a changing world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 08 Mar 2010
Genetically, mountain gorillas are amongst our closest living relatives, and also one of the world's most endangered species. Half the world's...

A Buen Puerto: Fast Forward in Spanish

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A Buen Puerto: Fast Forward in Spanish Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Advanced level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 03 Sep 2008
This is an advanced-level course using a variety of authentic materials from Spain and Latin America to improve your language skills and knowledge...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

BA (Honours) Youth Work

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BA (Honours) Youth Work Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. This degree will help you develop...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. Our...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

BA (Honours) Leadership and Management

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BA (Honours) Leadership and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
This degree course provides an innovative and accessible introduction to leadership and management in business, and explores their impact on...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Science, technology and maths Access module

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Science, technology and maths Access module Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Increase your confidence, improve your study skills, and prepare yourself for a range of qualifications in science; engineering and design;...

Signals and perception: the science of the senses

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Signals and perception: the science of the senses Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate how we interact with our environment through our senses – using concepts from biology, chemistry, physics and psychology to explore the...