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Nature & Environment Courses

How is our need for energy and resources shaping the environmental challenges for tomorrow? Explore the natural world, and understand the causes and impact of climate change, with our online environment and biology courses.

nature
Weather: a satellite image of clouds above the earth
University of Reading
Come Rain or Shine
Understand and explore the physical processes behind the weather
University of Reading
The Future of Farming
How can we adapt farming to an uncertain future? Could the answer be Climate Smart Agriculture? Find out with this free course.
Image of the Orion star in the night sky
The Open University
In the Night Sky: Orion
Explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through the constellation of Orion.
Extinctions logo with humans looking up at the tree of life in the sky
University of Cape Town
Extinctions
Discover the diversity of life on earth, the impacts of five past mass extinctions and the prospect of a sixth extinction today.
Modern roof design
University of Bath
Modern Building Design
Learn how climate change, technology and regulation are changing modern building design and professional practice in construction.
A person holds a smartphone up to take a picture of a landscape scene.
The Open University
The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology
Get an introduction to geology. Discover where materials that make up everyday objects come from and how to use them sustainably.
Energy Efficiency, Hydropower, Solar, Biogas, Hydrogen, Smart Grids
Grenoble Ecole de Management
New Energy Technologies
Explore the development of new energy technologies and discover key energy challenges with this online course.
European Space Agency
The Frozen Frontier: Monitoring the Greenland Ice Sheet
Learn how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground, to understand our past, present and future climate.
A deep ocean giant isopod
University of Southampton
Exploring Our Oceans
Explore the half of our world covered by deep ocean, and how our lives affect the hidden face of our planet.
Many people crossing a road in a busy city
University College Dublin
Planetary Urbanisation
Whether you live in a city or not, urbanisation affects you. Learn more about the impact and challenge of urbanisation worldwide.
Symbols of renewable energy captured inside a bulb
The Open University
Elements of Renewable Energy
Learn how sustainable energy from the Greek elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power.
A living ecosystem
The Open University
Introduction to Ecosystems
Gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.