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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.

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Earth viewed from space
European Space Agency
Earth Observation from Space
Discover how optical Earth observation data is gathered and used in this free online course from the European Space Agency (ESA).
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
Satellites around earth with the ocean as a background
EUMETSAT
Monitoring the Oceans from Space
Explore our oceans from space. Discover how Earth observation allows us to monitor ocean health, and inform policy and planning.
Sustainability for Professionals - University of Bath
University of Bath
Make an Impact
Find out how to integrate a sustainable development strategy into your company with this free online course.
University of Reading
Big Data and the Environment
From sources such as satellites, sensors and social media, how can environmental data analytics benefit business and research?
two veterinarians in a field with cows
Complutense University of Madrid
Animal Viruses
Learn how important animal viruses are transmitted between animals and humans, and understand the diseases they produce.
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.
The Open University
The Science of Nuclear Energy
Discover the science behind nuclear energy and its role in energy provision in the past, present and future.
A collage of four images; a woman in a rice paddy field, a child being inoculated, two men smiling and shaking hands, and a woman smiling and listening to music on a set of headphones.
Trinity College Dublin
Achieving Sustainable Development
Explore the challenges of sustainable development. See the impact of UN Sustainable Development Goals on real people.
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.
Summer storm
University of Exeter
Learn About Weather
Explore all things weather - from storms to climate - with this course that looks at the basic processes behind the weather.
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.
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.
Iceberg melting in sunset
University of Bergen
Causes of Climate Change
Understand the physical processes behind climate variations in the past, present and future, with this free online course
University of Leeds
Environmental Challenges: Justice in Natural Resource Management
How do we ensure that the difficult decisions about the management of natural resources are just and fair for all?
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.
The image is of a Nuclear power station at night, two cooling towers are in shot.
The Open University
Understanding Nuclear Power
Learn more about nuclear power, from the risks and benefits to the technology and its future, with this free online course.
children's hands under water spout with no water coming out
Colorado State University
Water Scarcity: Crisis and Response
Learn about water scarcity, exploring why some people don't have enough water, and solutions for ensuring enough water for all.
University of Leeds
Environmental Challenges: Rights and Values in Ecosystem Services
Differences in values can create conflict. How can we learn to manage our natural resources with integrity?
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Environmental Justice
Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.
The Open University
Moons
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?
University of Leeds
Environmental Challenges: Hierarchy in Property Rights
How does language help us develop our relationship with nature and determine the rights of access and ownership?
Image showing different types of power plants
University of Basel
Exploring Possible Futures
Take a look at the future and learn how to develop and use models in environmental and energy economics.
Clean windmills and dirty smoking factories
University of Groningen
Solving the Energy Puzzle
Learn how to analyse energy transition cases from technological, legal, economics, spatial, and social perspectives.
Open cut mine in a forest.
Deakin University
Introduction to Sustainability and Development
Discover the impact of human activity on our planet, and what we can do to ensure a sustainable future for everybody.
University of Leeds
Environmental Challenges: Human Impact in the Natural Environment
Complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple interactions. How can this lead to an unpredictable dynamism?
A city skyline with information symbols overlaid
InnoEnergy
Smart Grids for Smart Cities
Find out how smart grids and big data can help citizens, companies and cities understand energy use and reduce carbon footprint.
Colorado State University
Water for the People
Explore how access to water relates to gender and human rights with this online course.
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.
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.
European Space Agency
The Frozen Frontier: Monitoring the Greenland Ice Sheet from Space
Learn how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground, to understand our past, present and future climate.
University of Leeds
Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment
War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. What is the impact on both people and the environment?
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