Over 1,500 people have already signed up for a free online university course on the science, economics and politics of shale gas.
The course, which starts next month (February 2015), promises to hear from all sides of the fracking debate, including government, energy companies, environmental groups and academics. Course participants are encouraged to give their views and the Twitter conversation has already begun at #UoNShale
Among the issues studied will be:
- How shale gas is formed
- How shale gas is extracted through fracking
- The impact of shale gas on energy markets and energy security
- The local and global effects of shale on water contamination, seismic activity and air pollution
- The role of shale gas as a bridge to a low carbon future
- Public perceptions of shale gas
The course is offered by the University of Nottingham. Its leaders include Sarah O’Hara, the university’s Professor of Geography, who oversees an ongoing study of public attitudes to shale gas. She is joined by colleague, Mathew Humphrey, Head of the School of Politics and International Relations.
The course starts on 2nd February 2015 and lasts for four weeks. It is estimated to require three hours of study each week. No prior knowledge of fracking or shale gas is required. Link to details and registration.