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This is a listing of online courses on environmental education. For specific details of the events, please follow the links provided.

Energy and the Earth
Summary: How long with fossil fuel supplies last? What are the long-term implications of fracking and other technologies that extend their use? At what point will renewable energy systems replace fossil fuels altogether?.
Course Dates:21 June - 31 December 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: University of WisconsinMadison.
Website: Energy and the Earth

Climate Change
Summary: Climate change is the biggest global challenge the human race has ever faced. Our insatiable demand for energy from fossil fuels is changing the atmosphere, and in turn changing our climate. In this course, you will explore the impacts of climate change; why we should care about them, the science that underpins our understanding and how we can fix the problem before its too late.
Provider: Macquarie University
Length: 4 weeks
Course start date: 3 August 2015
Platfrorm: edX
Website: Climate Change

Marine and Antarctic Science (Marine)
Summary: This course will introduce you to the fascinating world of our oceans. You will learn about marine life and key features of the ocean system. You will also explore some of the stressors on marine systems caused by human activity. Finally, this course will cover how society might sensibly approach managing those threats into the future.
Provider: University of Tasmania
Length: 4 weeks
Course start date: 3 August 2015
Platfrorm: Open2Study
Website: Marine and Antarctic Science (Marine)

Climate Change
Summary: What is Climate Change? How should we respond to Climate Change? This course offers you an introduction to different disciplinary perspectives on Climate Change to help you think about how Climate Change affects you as an individual, as a member of your local community, as a citizen of your country and as a member of the global community.
Course Dates: 31 August - 30 November 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: The University of Melbourne.
Website: Climate Change

Tropical Coastal Ecosystems
Summary: Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These habitats provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people but human activities have led to their global decline. Take the challenge and understand problems and solutions to managing tropical coastal ecosystems.
Provider: University of Queensland
Length: 9 weeks
Course start date: 1 September 2015
Platfrorm: edX
Website: Tropical Coastal Ecosystems

Going Places with Spatial Analysis
Summary: This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?
Provider: ESRI
Dates: 3 September 14 October, 2015
Registration deadline: 15 September 2015
Length: 6 weeks
Website: Going Places with Spatial Analysis

The International Economic Legal System and Sustainable Development
Summary: The main objective of the course is to introduce effective ways of integrating sustainable development into international economic agreements and other legal instruments (i.e. bilateral investment agreements, free trade agreements, and agreements within the WTO framework).
Course Dates:7 September - 4 October 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Brochure: download
Organisers: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Website: The International Economic Legal System and Sustainable Development

Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia
Summary: This course will explore greening the economy on four levels individual, business, city, and nation. It will look at the relationships between these levels and give many practical examples of the complexities and solutions across the levels.
Course Dates: 14 September - 20 October 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: Lund University.
Website: Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia

Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia 2015 Edition
Summary: With sustainable consumption and production's (SCP) increasing importance in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, the course Introduction to SCP in Asia addresses the learning needs of policymakers and practitioners from the region and contributes towards the achievement of the SDGs in Asia.
Provider: UNEP and UNITAR
Dates: 21 September 13 November, 2015
Registration deadline: 10 September 2015
Length: 8 weeks
Website: Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia

Causes of Climate Change
Summary: This free online course provides the basis for understanding the underlying physical processes governing climate variations in the past, present and future. Through this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the climate system, and be able to put the recently observed, man-made changes in climate in the context of past natural changes.
Provider: University of Bergen
Length: 3 weeks
Course start date: 21 September 2015
Platfrorm: FutureLearn
Website: Causes of Climate Change

Marine Litter
Summary: The MOOC on marine litter strives to teach students through action oriented learning how they can apply successful and inspiring activities to their own local context, regardless of their profession or location. The course will present different options and tools to combat marine pollution such as the use of effective and legitimate tools like the Honolulu Strategy.
Course starts on: October 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Brochure: download
Organisers: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the Open University of the Netherlands.
Website: Marine Litter

Re-Enchanting the City - Designing the Human Habitat
Summary: This is an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of city making. The focus will be on a cutting-edge, high-density urban infill project in contemporary Sydney.
Course Dates: October - November 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: The University of New South Wales.
Website: Re-Enchanting the City - Designing the Human Habitat

Introduction to Water Diplomacy
Provider: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Summary: This course will raise awareness on the current state of freshwater resources worldwide and the need for adequate diplomatic solutions to stimulate cooperation around the way the resource is managed. It will provide knowledge resources, circumstantial experiences, and a cadre of tools to water-relevant stakeholders so as to enhance their ability to assess, prevent, and respond to the tensions arising from situations of water scarcity and mismanagement worldwide.
Dates: 9 November 6 December 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Website: Introduction to Water Diplomacy

Forest Monitoring with CLASlite
Provider: Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology)
Summary: The course seeks to assist governments, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions with high-resolution mapping and monitoring of forests with satellite imagery
English Website: Forest Monitoring with CLASlite
Spanish Website: Forest Monitoring with CLASlite

E-learning module for law enforcement officers on hazardous chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Provider: Interpol and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
Summary: The legal international trade in chemicals and wastes is an important part of the global economy, but it is crucial that this trade be effectively controlled. Protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of hazardous chemicals and wastes is a growing area of responsibility for enforcement officers. This tool will help them to meet their responsibilities to protect their countries, their peoples, and the global community.
Event focal point email: Secretariat
Website: E-learning module for law enforcement officers on hazardous chemicals and wastes

NAMAcademy E-learning Course - Module 2
Summary: The NAMACADEMY, launched by UNEP Ris Centre in collaboration with Technical University of Denmark, offers support to developing country professionals, in the form of courses and coaching to public sector officials, for the conceptualization of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change.The e-learning course is followed by a one week classroom course.
Focal point: Sren Lutken
Website: NAMAcademy Module 2

Disaster Waste Management: best practices and tools
Summary: The eLearning module seeks to provide humanitarian response staff, and local, national and regional government authorities with increased awareness and enhanced knowledge on disaster waste and management strategies to mitigate their environmental impact. Participants will be better prepared and more able to predict, identify, analyze and plan for the impacts of disaster waste in an emergency.
Website: Disaster Waste Management

Environment in Humanitarian Action
Summary: The eLearning module provides humanitarian actors with information on how to effectively integrate environmental issues into humanitarian response and early recovery strategies. The training highlights the key opportunities, misconceptions and challenges for mainstreaming environmental issues into humanitarian action.
Website: Environment in Humanitarian Action

Introduction to the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool
Summary: The eLearning module aims to equip environmental experts and international first responders to environmental emergencies with the necessary knowledge and tools to identify and analyse hazard risks caused by natural disasters.
Website: Flash Environmental Assessment Tool

Introduction to Industrial Accidents: prevention, preparedness and response
Summary: The module aims to raise awareness about industrial accidents in order to strengthen the capacity of government, industry and civil society.
Website: Introduction to Industrial Accidents