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  • Climate change and the importance of COP26

    By Derek Goldman, Professor Andy Lane

    Learn about climate change from different disciplinary perspectives and how that knowledge and experience may explain and inform the outcomes of COP26.

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    20 Sep 2021

  • Climate change and the importance of COP26

    Climate change and the importance of COP26 Updated content
    Beginner level Updated 20 Sep 2021
    Learn about climate change from different disciplinary perspectives and how that knowledge and experience may explain and inform the outcomes of COP26.
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    iSpot: Your place to share nature

    By Janice Ansine, Dr Mike Dodd, Professor Advaith Siddharthan, Rachel Redford

    Global biodiversity is in decline and the spotlight is on all of us to act to help monitor and protect the variety of ecosystems to reduce deterioration. This loss affects ecosystems, species and habitats on which all life on earth depends. What...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Jun 2021

  • iSpot: Your place to share nature

    iSpot: Your place to share nature Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Jun 2021
    Global biodiversity is in decline and the spotlight is on all of us to act to help monitor and protect the variety of ecosystems to reduce deterioration....
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    Which Poverty and Place: Why how we label different areas matters

    By Dr Laura L. Paterson, Professor Ian Gregory

    What does the language used to talk about different places tell us about the attitudes towards 'deprived' or 'poor' areas and the people who live there? 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Mar 2021

  • Which Poverty and Place: Why how we label different areas matters

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Mar 2021
    What does the language used to talk about different places tell us about the attitudes towards 'deprived' or 'poor' areas and the people who live there? 
  • Migrant businesswomen and the census

    Find out more about a new project looking at migrant businesswomen, comparing their presence in the latest available 2011 Census to that of 1911.

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    03 Mar 2021

  • Migrant businesswomen and the census

    Introductory level Updated 03 Mar 2021
    Find out more about a new project looking at migrant businesswomen, comparing their presence in the latest available 2011 Census to that of 1911.
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    Wangari Maathai: standing up for women and the environment

    By Dr Yoseph Araya

    Professor Wangari Maathai was an environmentalist and the first female African Nobel Peace Prize winner. Yoseph Araya explores her contribution to the environment and what that meant to be a woman in this field of work.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Mar 2021

  • Wangari Maathai: standing up for women and the environment

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2021
    Professor Wangari Maathai was an environmentalist and the first female African Nobel Peace Prize winner. Yoseph Araya explores her contribution to...
  • Rocky relations: Why an isolated rock in the Atlantic is a sought after and contested place

    By Dr Gerry Mooney

    Rockall is an uninhabitable granite islet situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies within the exclusive economic zone of the United Kingdom and is claimed by the UK as its territory. As Dr Gerry Mooney...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Jan 2021

  • Rocky relations: Why an isolated rock in the Atlantic is a sought after and contested place

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2021
    Rockall is an uninhabitable granite islet situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies within the exclusive economic zone of...
  • In deep, stormy waters: Scotland, the UK and the politics of fishing

    By Dr Gerry Mooney

    Four of the top five UK ports for landed weight are in Scotland. Is there a possibility of an independent Scotland opting to become an EU member re-joining the EUs Common Fisheries Policy?

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    13 Jan 2021

  • In deep, stormy waters: Scotland, the UK and the politics of fishing

    Updated 13 Jan 2021
    Four of the top five UK ports for landed weight are in Scotland. Is there a possibility of an independent Scotland opting to become an EU member re-joining...
  • Brexit and Scotland’s fishing communities

    By Dr Gerry Mooney

    Dr Gerry Mooney looks at the importance of Scotland's fishing industry and how Brexit is leading to an uncertain future.

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    13 Jan 2021

  • Brexit and Scotland’s fishing communities

    Updated 13 Jan 2021
    Dr Gerry Mooney looks at the importance of Scotland's fishing industry and how Brexit is leading to an uncertain future.
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    Can Space Technologies solve the Sustainable Development Goals?

    By Devyani Gajjar

    How can scientific and technological innovations solve global problems, and how can they be used inclusively? Devyani Gajjar explores…

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Sep 2020

  • Can Space Technologies solve the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Can Space Technologies solve the Sustainable Development Goals? Copyright free  image Icon Copyright free: Pixabay
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Sep 2020
    How can scientific and technological innovations solve global problems, and how can they be used inclusively? Devyani Gajjar explores…
  • Is the 2020 New Deal a Green New Deal?

    By Dr Vicky Johnson

    Dr Vicky Johnson leads the economics line of study across a range of geography modules in relation to the environment at The Open University. She looks at whether the New Deal by the government to boost the economy is actually good for the...

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    5 mins

    Updated on:

    17 Aug 2020

  • Is the 2020 New Deal a Green New Deal?

    Beginner level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2020
    Dr Vicky Johnson leads the economics line of study across a range of geography modules in relation to the environment at The Open University. She looks at...

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