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ETI launches project with Foster Wheeler and BGS to assess flexible power generation systems. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a project to increase the understanding of the economics and potential use of energy systems involving low carbon hydrogen production, storage and flexible turbine technology. The £300,000 project will be led by global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey.

2013-02-22


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Ensuring resilience to civil emergencies and natural hazards is an important issue, particularly in light of recent flooding and extreme weather in parts of the UK... Working with partners on the Natural Hazard Partnership to utilise and combine knowledge and expertise from organisations such as the British Geological Survey and National Oceanographic Centre.

2013-02-21


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One of Nottinghamshire's fastest-growing renewable energy companies believes it can turn water in flooded coal mines into a new form of heating for buildings... 'Recent work by the British Geological Survey suggests this area of workings may typically deliver 600 GWh per year of renewable heat resource.'

2013-02-20


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A Canadian company has begun exploring an oil field between Bishop Burton and Walkington, just north of Hull. Rathlin Energy previously carried out studies in the region looking for gas and oil. Dr Nick Riley, team leader of Unconventional Gas at the British Geological Survey, told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast about oil exploration in the North of England.

2013-02-15


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The spring 2011 flood on the Mississippi was among the largest floods ever, the river swelling over its banks and wreaking destruction in the surrounding areas. But a University of Pennsylvania-led study also shows that the floods reaped environmental benefits... The Penn geologists partnered on the research with Karen McKee of the U.S. Geological Survey, Mihaela Enache of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Christopher Vane of the British Geological Survey.

2013-02-14


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Scientists identify aromatic rice with very low arsenic content and higher concentrations of essential nutrients, selenium and zinc... In this latest work, published in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, the De Montfort University team – along with Dr Michael Watts from the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, UK – has identified varieties that are low in arsenic but high in essential trace elements such as selenium and zinc.

2013-02-13


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Researchers are launching a project which aims to use water from abandoned coal mines to provide up to 40% of Glasgow's heat. The British Geological Survey has offered access to its data for the project, including a 3D model of the city... The British Geological Survey has offered access to its data for the project, including a 3D model of the city, while the work will be done by PHD student Emma Church, part-funded by Scottish Power.

2013-02-13


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Dozens of people have reported a minor earthquake in north west Wales. The British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed a 2.3 magnitude earthquake around Caernarfon at 22.41 GMT on Thursday. It was also felt in Anglesey, Porthmadog and Bangor, and reports said it caused houses to shake and was 'like a lorry crashing into the house'. Davie Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, said north Wales was one of the most seismic areas in the UK.

2013-02-08


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A third earthquake in three weeks has hit Loughborough. The 2.4 magnitude tremor occurred at 10.50am today but is likely have gone unnoticed by most of the town's population... David Galloway of the British Geological Survey said: 'Today's were both small ones and these sorts of quakes happen about 150 to 200 times a year around the UK.'

2013-02-04


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BBC Material World... Dr. Richard Shaw, the leader of the Radioactive Waste Management Programme at the British Geological Survey, explains what will happen now with Britain's radioactive waste.

2013-02-01


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Abandoned coal mines could be used to provide low carbon heat and green energy... Researchers in the UK are looking at ways to use water which has flooded the huge underground caverns left by mining works... 'Recent work by British Geological survey suggests this area of workings may typically deliver 600 GWh per year of renewable heat resource.' That's the equivalent of heating around 45,000 homes.

2013-02-01


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Africa is more than 20 per cent of the world's land area, is home to 15 per cent of human population... about half the delegates hailed from Africa itself, while the rest included leading authorities on African geology from Europe, Australia and America, North and South. Amongst notable participants were the President of the Geological Society of America, the Director of the British Geological Survey...

2013-01-30


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Parts of Oxfordshire have been put on flood alert with heavy rain forecast. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain - meaning be aware. Andrew McKenzie of the The British Geological Survey (BGS) said: 'Levels are already high. It's the legacy of nine months of really wet weather.' He added: 'The snow melt is going to make a small contribution, but the heavy rain is the real issue.'

2013-01-28


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Sam from Belfast has been commuting by bike since the age of 12 and rides a hub geared bike with an enclosed chain, which means no mess and no maintenance. Like many bike commuters, Sam enjoys the flexibility, peace and reliable speed of the bike...Workplace: British Geological Survey, Belfast

2013-01-23


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The western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet, and the fastest warming part of the Southern Hemisphere... 'Technologically the analysis of the oxygen isotope composition of diatom silica is extremely difficult, the British Geological Survey is one of a very few research organisations in the world that can undertake this type of analysis.'

2013-01-22


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A 2.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the east Midlands, the British Geological Survey said today. The tremor was reported across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Julian Bukits of the BGS said the earthquake happened at 5.20am and was 'average' for the UK.

2013-01-18


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TWO earthquakes have been felt beneath Notts town Ollerton within the space of two days. A tremor of magnitude 1.4 on the Richter scale was first felt at around 4am on Saturday... Mr Ford, who works at the British Geological Survey's offices in Edinburgh, said: 'In real terms these tremors were extremely small. We get between 20 to 30 earthquakes in the UK every year with a magnitude of 2.'

2013-01-15


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The Met office says changing sea temperatures, melting Arctic ice and rising global temperatures could all be influencing Britain's rainfall patterns. But the experts say more research is needed. David Shukman explains the latest scientific thinking. (Featuring BGS hydrogeologists Daren Gooddy and Andrew McKenzie)

2013-01-07


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An earth tremor measuring 1.3 on the Richter Scale has hit Highbridge. The tremor struck at 2.52am on Sunday morning. Experts believe the 'epicentre' was 7km below the surface to the west of the hamlet of Alstone. The British Geological Survey, which monitors UK earthquakes, said small tremors are not unusual in the area - a quake in December 2006 measured 1.6 on the Richter Scale.

2013-01-02


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A landslide warning has been issued by the Met Office, as continued heavy downpours sparked fears of unstable cliff faces... Boxing Day walkers were urged to take extra care in 'dangerous conditions' with flooding set to worsen across parts of England and Wales today... The Met Office has issued the warning following advice from the British Geological Survey.

2013-01-02

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