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As above, so below: An introduction to soils, ecosystems and livelihoods in the Tropics (edX)

The tropics are as beautiful and diverse below-ground as they are above-ground. Learn how to use knowledge about the natural variability in soil properties for the sustainable management of ecosystems and farms. Soils form the foundation of sustainable development. They grow our food, fiber and fuel, are a habitat [...]
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Water: Addressing the Global Crisis (edX)

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Water: Addressing the Global Crisis (edX)
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We are living in a water stressed world. It is a global crisis and therefore we must act now! What can we do to save the planet and ensure availability of water for all by 2030? Water isthe source of all life. Without it, neither humans nor nature will [...]
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From the Ground Up: Managing and Preserving Our Terrestrial Ecosystems (edX)

How can we preserve, restore, manage and sustainably use terrestrial ecosystems? Join us as we explore this question in the Brazilian Amazon and around the world. In this course, you’ll learn the science behind the capacities of various ecosystems including extinction rates, desertification and how their physical makeup has [...]
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The Changing Arctic: Present, Past, & Future (Coursera)

This course takes a detailed look at the remarkable changes unfolding in the Arctic environment, including the shrinking Arctic sea ice cover, shrinking land ice, thawing permafrost and cascading impacts on Arctic ecosystems. After a review of Arctic climates of the past, attention turns to the possible future of [...]
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Climate Adaptation in Africa (Coursera)

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Climate Adaptation in Africa (Coursera)
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This course explores why climate change adaptation is important in the African context. Africa is considered one to be one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. Historically, climate-related hazards such as drought, flooding, pest and disease outbreaks, coastal storms and heat waves have had devastating [...]
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Introduction to Sustainability (Coursera)

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics [...]
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What is Climate Change? (Coursera)

In this course, learners will become familiar with the scientific evidence that demonstrates human-caused climate change. We will explore how greenhouse gases cause the Earth to warm, and why our recent warming is attributed to human activities. We will also discuss where our climate is headed, including anticipated future [...]
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Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management (Coursera)

Focusing on the Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) of the world, this course will introduce the concept and practice of ecosystem-based management. LMEs occupy areas of coastal ocean at least 200 000 km² or greater in size. These coastal waters produce 12.6 trillion USD in ecosystem goods and services annually [...]
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Introduction to the Arctic: Climate (Coursera)

The University of Alberta, the University of Tromso and the University of the Arctic invite you to explore this four week course that examines the environment and climate of the circumpolar North. This course is the result of an international collaboration and provides you with an insight into our [...]
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Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation (Coursera)

This course is an introduction to ecology and ecosystem dynamics using a systems thinking lens. Through a case study on Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, learners will explore how scientists study ecosystems, and investigate the complex array of factors that inform management efforts.
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