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Here's how we can save the car – and the planet at the same time

Here's how we can save the car – and the planet at the same time Copyrighted image Copyright: © | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Oct 2015
Alexandre Rodrigues discusses how we can balance saving our most popular form of transportation and the planet we live on at the same time. 

Safer battery could spark investment in renewables

Safer battery could spark investment in renewables Creative commons image Ed Suominen [
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
Researchers have developed a new battery to enable user generated renewable power to be stored cheaply and safely, reports Tim Radford from...

World must avert flood of climate refugees - Climate News Network

World must avert flood of climate refugees - Climate News Network Creative commons image By Richard P J Lambert [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
The world will face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming, reports Alex...

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network Creative commons image By Jason Auch [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
Global temperatures have risen by 1°C in the past 150 years, and one scientist says doubling that level could unleash catastrophic sea level rise...

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 CSIRO [CC BY 3.0], undefined under Creative-Commons license
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 Copyright: 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 Catherine Pain under Creative-Commons license
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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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.  

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Ecosystems

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Ecosystems Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Explore the interactions between organisms and their environment that together form an ecosystem – from simple microbial communities to entire...

Introducing the social sciences

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Introducing the social sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
This module is an ideal introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and...

Environment: sharing a dynamic planet

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Environment: sharing a dynamic planet Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Gain an understanding of today’s challenging environmental issues by exploring key global concerns – life, water, carbon, and food – through a rich...