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Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The evidence for a new geological epoch which marks the impact of human activity on the Earth is now overwhelming according to a recent paper by an international group of geoscientists. The Anthropocene, which is argued to start in the mid-20th Century, is marked by the spread of materials such as aluminium, concrete, plastic, fly ash and fallout from nuclear testing across the planet, coincident with elevated greenhouse gas emissions and unprecedented trans-global species invasions.

2016-01-08


3D UK map
The BGS is set to play a crucial role in the next step towards the transformation of the UK’s energy sector after the Government confirmed £60m investment for the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA). The investment is backed by a further £120 million from the private sector and Midlands Innovation universities. Professor Mike Stephenson, said: “The BGS is pleased to be involved in this transformative initiative to develop energy technology research in the Midlands."

2015-11-26


Water overflow due to flooding
Atkins has today signed an agreement launching a Centre for Research and Innovation with the University of Birmingham, Imperial College London, and the British Geological Survey, which aims to tackle the economic and environmental impacts of groundwater infiltration on urban infrastructure in the UK.

2015-10-28


BGS Open Day 2013
On Sunday the 18th October the British Geological Survey (BGS) are going to Dynamic Earth and bringing a host of interactive displays and activities to showcase the amazing diversity of the work they do. Come and meet the BGS scientists who research volcanoes, earthquakes, the oceans, polar environments and other exciting areas of science. It will be a fun packed day with something for rock lovers of all ages and levels of interest.

2015-10-16


ASK Network
Last month saw the launch of the Accessing Subsurface Knowledge (ASK) Network, the first exchange network for subsurface environmental data in Wales with the goal of reducing the costs for construction firms and planners caused by unforeseen ground conditions.

2015-10-08


Goldeneye platform
The Goldeneye reservoir in the North Sea has been independently verified as suitable for the safe storage of carbon dioxide from an Aberdeenshire power station.

2015-09-14


SCCS logo
The secure and permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) within a single geological storage formation can be optimised by injecting CO2 at more than one point simultaneously, according to results from an innovative study of rocks beneath the UK North Sea.

2015-09-10


Falls of Clyde
A new project is seeking information on people's favourite local geological sites to help shape a geological trail in the Clyde and Avon valleys.

2015-08-26


NI Radon map
Households across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to test for radon gas, as a new map has highlighted further at-risk areas.

2015-08-21


CO2 stored logo
The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey now offer free, licenced access to the CO2 Stored database for subscribers via a more user-friendly website.

2015-08-20


Sampling groundwater for dissolved methane.
A British Geological Survey (BGS) led consortium will be carrying out an independent environmental baseline monitoring programme across the Vale of Pickering in Yorkshire. This is the area where Third Energy UK Gas Limited has submitted a planning application to hydraulically fracture one of its wells1. The consortium also includes Public Health England (PHE) and the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester and York (National Centre for Atmospheric Science).

2015-08-13


Water drop
Phosphate that is put into our drinking water to prevent lead poisoning can potentially cause environmental damage as a result of leakage, according to a ground breaking study by the British Geological Survey and Lancaster University.

2015-08-04


West Thurrock model with geology and topology.
Following on from the scale model of Great Britain, BGS has taken another step into the world of Minecraft by creating three-dimensional representations of geology at several locations across the country.

2015-07-16


Offshore surveying
A partnership between Marine Scotland Science (MSS), SAMS, Aberdeen University and British Geological Survey has been created as part of the MASTS deep-sea forum and they proposed a project to explore the largely unknown habitats and fauna of the remote deepwater Hatton-Rockall Basin.

2015-07-13


CO2
Over one hundred and thirty people from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and South Korea met in Venice from 11 to 13 May 2015 to present and discuss the current state of play of Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in terms of research achievements, policy, public outreach and business development. The theme of the 10th anniversary of the Open Forum was "CO2 storage – the cornerstone of our low carbon future".

2015-06-04


ERA logo
The Government has today confirmed £60 million for a new energy research project in the Midlands. The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a multimillion research hub which will build on the expertise of six leading midlands universities, the British Geological Survey and the surrounding industrial base to deliver a step change in energy research and development, securing the UK’s leadership position in the sector.

2015-03-19


Architect's impression of the new Lyell Centre
On the 21st January 2015 a ground breaking ceremony heralded the start of the £20m Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus. The Centre will be the Scottish headquarters for the British Geological Survey (BGS) as well as a major joint BGS/Heriot-Watt University research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences.

2015-01-26


Monitoring and testing future energy in the UK
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne last week announced that the Government will allocate £31 million of funding to create world-class subsurface research test centres through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

2015-01-19


Monitoring of methane in groundwater
The British Geological Survey (BGS) plans to expand its existing national environmental monitoring programmes by carrying out independent detailed research in areas of the UK that may see shale gas exploration and production. In a UK first, this will include independent monitoring during hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') subject to planning approvals at two proposed shale gas exploration sites in Lancashire. All results of this research will be open and made freely available to the public.

2015-01-15


Geomagnetic field chart
A new set of charts predicting the Earth’s magnetic field for the next five years have been released by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

2014-12-18

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