Energy, the Environment and Our Future

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Energy, the Environment and Our Future

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At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. We offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions. Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas....
At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. We offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions. Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas. Courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning. We are a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. Our partners include over 20 of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.

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Our ancestors burned trees and whales far faster than nature produced more, gaining good from the energy but causing big problems. Today we burn fossil fuels, which allows us to live well, but will cause even bigger problems in the future.

This online course will show the immense value we get from energy, where we get most of our energy today, why the energy system must change eventually, and why a faster change would help us. What topics will you cover? + Why Energy Matters + What is Energy? + Oil, Coal and Natural Gas + Drilling, Fracking and Reserves + The Physics of Global Warming + The History of Global Warming What will you achieve? By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify both natural and human-driven systems and processes that produce energy and affect the environment
  • Explain basic scientific concepts related to energy in language that non-scientists can understand
  • Discuss how global warming from f...

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Our ancestors burned trees and whales far faster than nature produced more, gaining good from the energy but causing big problems. Today we burn fossil fuels, which allows us to live well, but will cause even bigger problems in the future.

This online course will show the immense value we get from energy, where we get most of our energy today, why the energy system must change eventually, and why a faster change would help us. What topics will you cover? + Why Energy Matters + What is Energy? + Oil, Coal and Natural Gas + Drilling, Fracking and Reserves + The Physics of Global Warming + The History of Global Warming What will you achieve? By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify both natural and human-driven systems and processes that produce energy and affect the environment
  • Explain basic scientific concepts related to energy in language that non-scientists can understand
  • Discuss how global warming from fossil fuel use has arisen historically
  • Summarize how the climate has always changed and how humans are driving changes today, which will have large and long-lasting impacts if we don’t shift our energy system

This course is designed for anyone at any level, with an interest in how energy, the environment and our future are interrelated.

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