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As drought sweeps many countries in Africa, an initiative led by water NGOs supports the use of underground aquifers. Africa’s subterranean water amounts to an estimated 660,000 cubic kilometres (pdf), according to research from the British Geological Society – more than 100 times the continent’s annual renewable freshwater resources.

2016-08-18


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Scientists used robotic submersibles to dive more than 2,000m beneath the waves to explore four seamounts off the west coast of Scotland. The Deep Links project team, a collaboration between Plymouth University, the University of Oxford, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the British Geological Survey, spent six weeks at sea onboard the RSS James Cook.

2016-08-09


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A team consisting of 24 geoscientists announced last week that they are speculating the beginning of a new epoch owing to the fact that the actions of human race have brought about drastic changes on Earth. “Humans have long affected the environment, but recently there has been a rapid global spread of novel materials including aluminium, concrete and plastics, which are leaving their mark in sediments,” said Dr Colin Waters from the British Geological Survey.

2016-08-08


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Dr Michael A. Ellis, Science Director of Land, Soil, and Coast at the British Geological Survey outlines the impacts of global warming on the ocean, drawing from both its present state to lessons learned from the past… p.234

2016-08-08


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Bob Gatliff from the British Geological Survey (BGS) says nobody knows how much recoverable shale there really is in the key fields: the giant Bowland gas basin in Lancashire and Yorkshire, the Weald oil basin in Sussex, and Midland Valley in Scotland. "We haven't got a clue, and we won't know until they have have drilled hundreds of wells," he said. Tectonic shocks over the last 300 million years may have caused the gas to lose pressure.

2016-08-03


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THE Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded more than £6 million of contracts for surface and subsea studies to integrate a range of activities in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), writes Greg Russell. Lloyd’s Register, British Geological Survey (BGS) and Schlumberger will share the four three-year contracts, designed to improve understanding and maximise value by bringing together exploration, development, production and decommissioning.

2016-08-02


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SEISMOLOGISTS have confirmed an earthquake struck the Borders this week. The British Geological Survey recorded the quake at 5.48am on Wednesday.

2016-07-28


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Following some biblical floods earlier in the summer, this week's sudden heatwave in the UK shows the necessity to plan for extreme weather events.

2016-07-25


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When the Research Data Alliance (RDA) met in Japan↗ this spring, Elsevier, DataCite↗ and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS)↗ held a side event, gathering researchers, data scientists and other experts to discuss the benefits of good research data management and how to achieve it. The outcomes of this session will be used to work towards more effective solutions at the RDA Eighth Plenary Meeting↗ in Colorado in September.

2016-07-21


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The Innovation Advisory Board advises NERC on its strategy for strengthening the delivery of economic growth and other societal benefits (impact) from its research and innovation investments. The board helps NERC find the most effective ways to engage stakeholders, translate research and support innovation. The board also monitors and evaluates the effectiveness and impacts of NERC innovation investments.

2016-07-14


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Archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) have recently excavated a Late Roman cemetery at Western Road in Leicester's West End. Amongst the 83 skeletons recorded by the team, one burial is proving to be very exciting.

2016-07-13


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A new study claims converting the UK gas grid to carry hydrogen instead of natural gas will help to meet the UK’s carbon reduction targets and is technically feasible without much disruption to consumers. It proposes Leeds as a pilot city, but there are still major problems to be overcome before it can go ahead. Read more: http://www.environmentguru.com/pages/elements/element.aspx?id=3806246&tc=eml#ixzz4F3NLL83u Follow us: @environmentguru on Twitter | Environmentguru on Facebook

2016-07-13


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A four-year project to study the ability of complex rock strata beneath the North Sea to trap CO2 emissions securely will help provide the tools for selecting the most suitable storage sites as part of the large-scale development of carbon capture and storage

2016-07-12


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Around 66 million years ago, a massive asteroid struck Earth in the area now known as Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Many scientists believe that the impact of the asteroid, which resulted in a crater named Chicxulub after a village near the epicenter, led to a mass extinction that included dinosaurs.

2016-07-05


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Professional and budding geologists across the UK are heading to the coast this summer hoping to do a bit of rock spotting alongside sunbathing and building sandcastles with their kids.

2016-06-20


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Scientists have discovered the cause of a mass extinction of sea-floor marine organisms 800,000 years ago—which also provides insight into how climate change can impact on deep ocean biota.

2016-06-17


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Three dramatic landscapes on Scotland’s west coast are in the top ten favourite attractions in the UK for holidaying geology fans, according to new satellite data. GPS information from a hi-tech British Geological Survey smartphone app shows ancient rock formations and rugged coastlines in Ullapool and on the islands of Skye and Arran are attracting amateur and professional geologists in their droves.

2016-06-16


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RESIDENTS experienced tremors and a loud bang as an earthquake hit North Wales

2016-06-14


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Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions - just turn them to stone.

2016-06-11


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The effort to drill into the Chicxulub crater off the coast of Mexico has been declared an outstanding success.

2016-05-30

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