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Global Warming

So far we have focused mainly on the causes that contribute to global climate change. Now let’s turn our attention to the effects. Watch Dr. Nathan B. English examine different …

Sea level rising

One of the major effects caused by increasing atmospheric temperatures is rising ocean levels. In this step, Dr. Nathan B. English revisits the scenarios he introduced in the Global Warming …

Solid Waste Incineration

In regions or countries with water tables close to the surface (e.g. the Netherlands) or very little land area (e.g. Japan), incineration is often an alternative to landfill disposal. Waste …

Sanitary Landfills

In Australia, we call landfills the “tip” because it’s what you tip your waste into, in the USA we call it the “dump”. But whatever you call them, sanitary landfills …

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste is a category of waste that can have an impact on health. It includes toxic and corrosive materials as well as combustibles. Watch Dr. Nathan B. English describe …

Waste water treatment methods

Wastewater, both municipal and industrial, is all the water that has been used by humans for both home (municipal) or industrial tasks or has impacted on urban surfaces. The important …

Ecosystem services

The natural environment provides us with many important services. These are known as ecosystem services. Watch Dr. Nathan B. English describe some of the ecosystem services that are provided by …

What is Industrial Solid Waste?

While most are familiar with municipal waste (which is another name for household waste or waste collected by local authorities), industrial solid waste is any waste that isn’t municipal waste …

Radioactive waste

Radioactive waste is an especially hazardous form of waste. It can be difficult to understand radioactivity, therefore it can also be an especially scary type of waste. Watch Dr. Nathan …

What is environmental science?

To fully understand environmental science, we will start with a working definition of what the environment is. Watch Dr. Nathan B. English provide a definition of the environment, including the …

Week 4 Further Reading

This is optional extra reading and not required for this course. For those of you who wish to explore this week’s topic further, here is an excellent resource to get …

Week 3 Further Reading

This is optional extra reading and not required for this course. For those of you who wish to explore this week’s topic further, here is an excellent resource to get …

Week 2 Further Reading

This is optional extra reading and not required for this course. For those of you who wish to explore this week’s topic further, here is an excellent resource to get …

Hazardous Waste Disposal

As we have already learned, hazardous waste is a type of waste that can negatively impact health. Therefore, disposing of hazardous waste properly is very important. Watch Dr. Nathan B. …

Radiation

Now that we have a better understanding of what makes up the atmosphere, let’s look at radiation and how it interacts with the atmosphere. Watch Dr. Nathan B. English explain …