It is now possible to take the units of this course as individual continuing professional development units, which means you can register for one unit at a time, rather than a full award. You can complete to full masters via this flexible delivery. For more information, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service .
Key features of the course
A unique course that is the only course of its kind in the worldCombine your studies with employment, and there is scope to undertake a professional placement in a workplace as part of the courseHighly inter-disciplinary, drawing from ecology, geography, social science, psychology and technology, among other areas
What will I study?
The development of a green economy, or an economy that is environmentally sustainable, has become a political and socio-economic imperative. Key drivers include the need to reduce carbon emissions to minimise the risk of climate change, overexploitation of resources and widespread environmental degradation, which is eroding the natural capital on which human wellbeing depends. The transition to a green economy represents a substantial challenge to society, particularly in the current era of rapid environmental and socio-economic change.
This green economy course seeks to provide the scientific understanding on which the transition to a green economy can be based, including the principles of environmental sustainability and the societal responses required to implement these in practice.
How will I study?
In keeping with the ethos of the course, it is delivered via distance learning to minimise its environmental impact. The course can be studied from anywhere in the world, supported by a high quality virtual learning environment. You will be supported by electronic communication with staff and researchers at BU, and will also interact with other students as members of a virtual learning community.
The course includes the option to undertake either a research project, or an extended professional placement involving implementation of a practical project in a workplace environment.
The price of electricity has become a centerpiece of political debate. It provides a focus for a whole set of political concerns and prejudices. It directly impacts on household budgets and hence highlights the “squeezed middle”. Electricity is provided by big companies¾hitting the “fat cats” and “monopoly capitalism” buttons. It is essential to modern life, and just like cash machines, we fear what happens when its supply is interrupted....
ype:Course Date:14 Apr - 06 Jun 2014 Duration of event:8 weeks Location:web-based Programme area:Environment, Climate Change, Environmental Governance and Law, Public Finance and Trade Fee:USD 600 A small number of full/partial fellowships are available for participants from developing countries working in the public sector, academia or non-profit organizations. Priority for fellowships will be given to applicants from Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Fellowship applications will be accepted until 31 September 2013. Website:http://www.unitar.org/egp Event focal point email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Floating City Project combines principles of both seasteading and startup cities, by seeking to locate a floating city within the territorial waters of an existing nation. Historically, The Seasteading Institute has looked to international waters for the freedom to establish new nations and spur competitive governance. However, there are several reasons we are now seeking a host nation: a) It is less expensive to engineer a seastead for relatively calm, shallow waters compared with the open ocean outside of territorial waters; b) it will be easier for residents to travel to and from the seastead, as well as to acquire goods and services from existing supply chains; and c) a host nation will provide a place for a floating city within the existing international legal framework, with the associated protections and responsibilities.
Greater food system efficiency and curbs to the expansion of cropland are necessary to prevent the collapse of global ecosystems, says a report presented today (24 January) by the UN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
We are on the cusp of a manufacturing revolution focused on non-labour resource productivity, which includes energy efficiency, waste reduction, packaging optimisation, transport efficiency, circular resource use, and supply chain collaboration.
Can China find a fuel alternative for its swelling number of transportation vehicles?
A shower of sparks and the crackle of electricity mark the beginning (or end) of a trip on a partially electrified bus in the capital of Shandong Province. "Spring City" lacks a subway system (due to its eponymous artesian springs) and so relies on buses to move its more than four million people across a city that now sprawls some 20 kilometers east to west. And those buses move thanks to everything from ammonia to electricity.
The Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics (AWEEE) is a biennial scientific meeting, born in 2004, which is organized by Economics for Energy with the collaboration of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The workshop has become an important outlet for the discussion and debate on state-of-the-art research on energy and environmental issues, with a limited number of participants who come from all around the world. The AWEEE combines keynote lectures on specific topics by prestigious academics with the presentation of research by invited speakers and by other participants through an open call for papers.
Blaming storms on human industry is as backward as blaming them on gays.
What a laugh we all had a few weeks ago when that UK Independence Party councillor, David Silvester, said floods in England were caused by gay marriage. Remember the merriment? The eccentric (I’m being polite) Silvester wrote to his local newspaper in Oxfordshire to say that the reason we are ‘beset by storms’ is because PM David Cameron acted ‘arrogantly against the gospel’ by allowing gay people to get hitched, and the internet exploded into guffaws. Silvester became the subject of witty memes, mocking tweets, and searing newspaper critiques. He was eventually ditched by UKIP. Everyone asked the same question: ‘In the twenty-first century what sort of person seriously believes that natural calamities like floods can be blamed on allegedly “sinful” behaviour?!’
France is looking into a new technique of shale gas extraction with non-flammable propane, which has yet to be proven safe and efficient.
Even though the exploitation of shale gas remains banned in France, the industry minister, Arnaud Montebourg, has openly stated he is in favour of it.
Early February, a French parliamentary office assessing scientific and technological choices heard Jean-Claude Lenoir, MP and co-author of a report on alternative techniques to hydraulic fracturing - or 'fracking' -, the main extraction technique for shale gas.
In his May 2012 investiture speech, French President François Hollande clearly ruled out fracking in France. “In the current state of our knowledge no one can say that the exploitation of gas and oil shale by hydraulic fracturing, only known technique today, is free from serious risks for health and the environment,” he then declared.
An aging population is a looming economic and social burden, particularly in Europe and Northeast Asia, and to a lesser extent in the United States. In many of these societies, the public recognizes the problem. How this recognition affects the emerging politics of global aging — the allocation of scarce fiscal resources to pay for the pensions and health care of the elderly – could prove a defining issue in graying economies around the world for decades to come.
One of the first things you realize about Borneo is how difficult it can be to land a plane. On my first trip there, our plane circled the provincial capital of Palangkaraya for a half hour before a window in the smoke opened long enough to land.
Like many places in the tropics, Borneo is burning—and the consequences are widespread.
Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan'ın 'her aileye üç çocuk' çağrısının sırrı çözüldü. Bu çıkışın temelinde Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK)'nun hazırladığı 'aktif nüfus raporu' yatıyor.
Başbakan'a sunulan bu raporda 2075 yılına kadar ülkedeki aktif nüfusun nasıl bir seyir izleyeceği bilimsel veriler ve grafiklerle anlatılıyor.
Rapora göre, Türkiye en hızlı yaşlanan ülkeler arasında bulunuyor ve nüfus Avrupa'nın iki katı hızla yaşlanıyor. Tahminlere göre 2075'te her dört kişiden biri 60 yaşın üzerinde olacak. Nüfus artış hızı ise yüzde 1,2'den 0,2'ye inecek. Nüfus bilimcilerine göre toplumun işgücü açısından dinamizmini kaybetmemesi için her ailenin ortalama 2,1 çocuk sahibi olması gerekiyor. Bu da Başbakan Erdoğan'ın dile getirdiği gibi 3 çocuk anlamına geliyor.
It is expected that, world will need 50%-70% more food by 2050. The main reasons are global warming, increasing population and much more daily calories due to raising welfare. But population increase is causing dramatic fall in agricultural areas per person. Currently cultivated landis 1.38 billion hectares and unfortunately this is unfortunately not easy expanded. Opositly it might shirink due to soil erosion, eutrophication, salinisation, built-up land (cities and infrastructures) etc. In 1960’s cultivated land per person was 0.45 hectare (Ha, 4500 m2), whereas it did decrease to 0.24 Ha in 2010’s. It is expected that his share will drop to 0.18 Ha in 2050’s.
Su kıtlığının tek bir nedeni olmadığı gibi tek bir çözümü de yok. Problemi ve çözümünü bir bütün olarak tüm yönleriyle ele almak zorundayız
Amerika’da “Blame it on weather” diye bir deyim var. Yani kimse hatasını kabul etmez; suçu havaya ya da iklime atar. Şimdi bağırarak gelen kuraklık sonucu yazın su sıkıntısı ortaya çıkarsa suçlu yine hava mı olacak?
Genellikle su kıtlığına neden olan belli başlı beş faktör vardır: 1. Kuru iklim. 2. Kuraklık (Kuru dönemlerin sıklığı ve uzunluğu). 3. Çölleşme (Erozyon, ormansızlaşma, aşırı otlama). 4. Su stresi (Yüksek nüfus ve yoğun sanayi nedeniyle aşırı talep). 5. Çevre tahribatı (Su havzalarının amaç dışı kullanımı, su kaynaklarının kirletilmesi ve küresel iklim değişimi). Görüldüğü gibi su kıtlığının nedenleri arasında küresel iklim değişikliği zurnanın en son deliği gibi altta yer alıyor. Genellikle bu faktörlerin birkaçı birden su kıtlığına neden olur. Şu anda bunların beşi de ülkemizin farklı yerlerinde farklı farklı ölçülerde etkili oluyor. Su kıtlığının tek bir nedeni olmadığı gibi tek bir çözümü de yok. Problemi ve çözümü de bir bütün olarak yapısal ve yapısal olmayan tüm yönleriyle ele almak zorundayız. Yani kuraklık problemi sadece baraj yapmak, boru döşemek gibi önlemlerle çözülemez.
Steve Hope of Toyota Motor Europe explains how Toyota has dramatically improved its resource efficiency, reducing its energy, water and waste per vehicle by 70%, 75% and 60% respectively from 1993 to 2007.