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Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet?

This course, Working with our environment: an introduction, examines the use of ozone-depleting technology, the impact of fossil fuel use and explores how the development of technology can influence the direction of a society. From the Industrial Revolution to the present day, find out how we have changed the planet.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of different ways in which our use of technology can affect the environment
  • Demonstrate a set of skills in reading and interpreting texts and diagrams containing some technical descriptions.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:05:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:05:00
  • Introductory advice 00:20:00
    • Environment and technology 00:15:00
    • We are part of nature 00:40:00
    • The Industrial Revolution and its environmental impacts 00:20:00
    • Changing environmental attitudes 00:20:00
    • Refrigeration and chlorofluorocarbons 00:15:00
    • The agreement to protect the ozone layer 00:45:00
    • Greenfreeze: the Greens fight back 00:15:00
    • Domestic appliances and fossil fuels 00:10:00
    • The US experience: wasteful innovation? 00:15:00
    • The UK experience: competing trends 00:45:00
    • Discussion 00:10:00
    • Global climate change 00:40:00
    • Global climate change continued 00:30:00
    • Food preservation and the development of refrigeration 00:20:00
    • New Zealand’s changing environment 00:20:00
    • Settlement, deforestation and endangered species 00:45:00
    • Discussion 00:30:00
    • The path to prevention 00:15:00
    • The hierarchy of human needs 00:15:00
    • Sustainable development 00:15:00
    • Technology and environment 00:05:00
    • The dual nature of technology 00:20:00
    • A broad view of technology 00:07:00
    • Problems and solutions 00:10:00
    • Environmental limits 00:07:00
    • Complexity 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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