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Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided
World Bank’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), providing a summary of the key impacts and challenges of a 4°C warmer world by the end of this century.

Date: 20 April - May 22, 2015
Organization: The World Bank

Learning for Sustainability
This free online course aims at refining participants' own understanding of 'sustainability' in light of the range of definitions, contexts and educational approaches that will be discussed.

Date: 22 June 2015 - 26 July 2015
Organization: Coursera / The University of Edinburgh

FAO Online learning event on Climate change, food security and nutrition
The three-week online learning event on climate change, food security and nutrition is targeted at people planning and implementing programmes and projects related to food security, nutrition and/or climate change in the agriculture sectors. The key discussion points include: Climate change impacts on nutrition; how long-term food security can be ensured in a changing climate; and how it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture without compromising food security and nutrition.

Date: 24 March - 14 April 2015
Organization: FAO (The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) and the

Tools for teaching Water and Sustainable Development
Learning materials for schools developed by UN Water in several languages.

Date: Open anytime
Organization: UN Water

Thirsty Energy: The energy-water nexus
Infographics designed with the aim of understanding the linkages between water and energy and the current risks for the energy sector.

Date: Open anytime
Organization: The World Bank

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement’
The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement’. This free online course aims at identifying options and pathways for action, methods to identify stakeholders, and how to establish a basis for initiating engagement and discussion.

Date: May 05 - June 29, 2015
Organization: Economics of Land Degradation - Secretariat / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development?
This course provides an overview of citizen engagement, critically analyzing how it can be leveraged most effectively to achieve development outcomes.

Date: 15-Mar-15
Organization: World Bank Group

The LenCD learning package on Capacity
LenCD is an informal and open Learning Network on Capacity Development, supported by the UNDP. The LenCD learning package on Capacity is a freely available online resource, designed to help country and sector level practitioners extend their knowledge and skills for facilitating sustainable capacity development.​

Date: None. Available online
Organization: LenCD, Train4Dev

How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment
In this course participants will learn the basics of the life-cycle assessment (LCA) method for holistic environmental analysis of products, technologies, and systems. LCA sheds light on the environmental implications of the consumption and behavioral choices we all make on a daily basis.

Date: 30-Mar-15
Organization: Northwestern University

CGIAR Online Media & Writing Skills Trainings
The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGTIAR) invites scientists and the public in general who want to improve their writing and communication skills to its online media and writing skills trainings.

Date: See website
Organization: The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGTIAR)

Our Hungry Planet: Agriculture, People and Food Security
In this free online course, students will join experts from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, to investigate the relationship between agriculture and food habits.

Date: May 18 - June 29
Organization: Future Learn / University of Reading

Global Food Security: Addressing the Challenge
This course introduces the issue of food security and explores some of the different ways in which it has been described both in research and in practice and consider key concerns for the future.

Date: August 31 - October 26
Organization: Future Learn / Lancaster University

Forests and Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar
Explore the forests of the world, from the taiga to the tropical rainforest! Learn why humans depend on them, and how we can sustainably manage forests for us and the many species with whom we share them.

Date: 30-Sep-15
Organization: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sustainable Agricultural Land Management
This course covers the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices.

Date: 02 Mar - 11 May 2015
Organization: University of Florida - Coursera

Climate-Smart Agriculture through Sustainable Land-Water Management
This course provides practical knowledge about how climate change is likely to impact agriculture, food production and security.

Date: May 18, 2015
Organization: The World Bank

UN CC:Learn Introductory e-course on Climate Change
A free self-paced e-learning course covering six modules including climate science, policy, adaptation, mitigation, finance and planning, by the One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change.

Date: Anytime, online
Organization: One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change (UN CC:Learn)

REDD+ Learning Sessions
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Forest and Climate Programme's online Learning Sessions are a collection of free learning tools to leverage and share REDD+ knowledge and expertise.

Organization: WWF

Diploma in Environmental Science (Free online course)
This free online diploma course provides students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of environmental science and covers many topics such as understanding the earth's processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management, the importance of global water supplies, and the effects of climate change.

Date: Open anytime
Organization: Alison

Overcoming Negotiation Deadlocks
This course aims to enhance your individual negotiation capacity and lead through situations of deadlock.

Date: 13 April - 10 May 2015
Organization: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning
Learn how to contribute to sustainable urban development and to deal with global challenges, that include climate change, resource scarcity, slum growth and increased poverty, and safety and security concerns.

Date: 24/09/2014 - 11/11/2014, 25/03/2015 - 12/05/2015
Organization: World Bank

Environmental Engineering Masters of Engineering Project
Learn about environmental engineering through the use of case studies, computer software tools, and seminars from industrial experts

Date: Open anytime
Organization: MIT OpenCourseWare

Introduction to Geology
Geology is important in understanding the soil processes. Take this class and learn the basics!

Date: Open anytime
Organization: MIT OpenCourseWare

Agriculture and the World We Live In
Take the course and learn how agriculture feeds the world: a study of farms, farmers and the challenges they face.

Date: Open anytime
Organization: Open2Study

Agricultural Science and Policy I
This course gives understanding of the scientific underpinnings of policy issues related to soils, water, air, biomass forestry and energy, especially those involving the environment.

Date: Open anytime
Organization: Tufts Open Courseware

Empowering Women in Agriculture: Strengthening Production and Dietary Diversity to Improve Nutrition
This is the second of a three-part webinar series, Women's Empowerment and Men's Engagement: How a Focus on Gender Can Support Agriculture and Nutrition.

Date: Open anytime
Organization: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Mitigating Agriculture's Impact
This free course examines a range of solutions that address the impacts of agriculture on the environment, mainly focusing on air, soil, water, land use, climate change and biodiversity.

Date: Open anytime
Organization: Yale University

Environmental Politics and Law
This course deals with the environment from the perspective of law. Students will explore the question of how law can change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging.

Date: Anytime
Organization: Open Yale course

Assessing Community Capacity and Vulnerability to Strengthen Resilience
Recording of webinar "Assessing Community Capacity and Vulnerability to Strengthen Resilience: Lessons from Myanmar's Dry Zone."

Organization: FSN Network webinar

Organic Transition Course
This course will guide farmers making a complete transition to certified organic farming, those interested in integrating more sustainable methods into their current farming system, those wanting to learn how certified organic farming works - through topics related to growing and selling certified organic products.

Date: Anytime
Organization: Rodale Institute

Principios Orientadores del Orden Jurídico Urbano II
This course will discuss a new legal-urban order that is based on a conceptual regime of social and environmental functions of the property and the city within democratic management and governability of urban land.

Date: 29/09/2014 - 16/10/2014 (Application Deadline: 17/09/2014)
Organization: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in cooperation with  University College London, the United Kingdom

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