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Goal-setting for a better world: Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Aug 2015
The 2000 Millennium Goals set targets, aspiring to make the world a better place. As we reach the end of the year by which they were to be achieved...

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: By Jason Auch [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons New content
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...

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war - Climate News Network

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war - Climate News Network Creative commons image Credit: By DFID - UK Department for International Development [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Jul 2015
An international scientific report commissioned by the UK government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear...

When I'm 74: notes by a recently retired environmentalist

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When I'm 74: notes by a recently retired environmentalist Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 04 Jun 2015
By Robin Jepson
Observations on news stories relating to climate change, food production, water supply, energy and sustainability. 

Materials: Sustainability and structure

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Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 18 Aug 2014
Whether it's outlining the world's attitude to plastic bags or admiring the Pont de Normandie, Ian Johnston and Bernie Clark discuss sustainability...

How sustainable is mass production?

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 15 Aug 2014
Miraculous inventions and engineering has enabled us to get our hands on cheap and effective products used in everyday life, but are the materials...

Welcome to the future

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Updated 03 Jun 2014
How The Open University is leading a project that is transforming Milton Keynes into one of the world’s first ‘smart cities’.

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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...

Sustainable Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Jun 2013
This broad-based unit will introduce you to a number of different aspects of sustainability that impact on Scotland and the wider world. It wil...

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...

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Managing for sustainability

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Managing for sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015 Register by 30 Sep 2015
This module will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal...

Environmental management 1

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Environmental management 1 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Why is environmental management vital for our sustainability? What kind of environmental management do we need now? Explore systemic answers to...

Energy and sustainability

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Energy and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Can nuclear power, carbon capture and storage or renewable energy sources provide solutions to the problem of global warming? Explore the issues...