It is widely appreciated that toxic arsenic in well water is a devastating environmental health issue overseas in developing countries such as Bangladesh. However, the British Geological Survey, along with a PhD student from The University of Manchester, have discovered high exposure to the chemical from
private water supplies here in the UK.
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) last year in Paris represented a turning point for global climate change mitigation. At COP21, the decision makers and scientists unanimously asserted that urgent action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the ambitious target of keeping average global temperature increase to less than 2°C as set out in the Paris Agreement.
The BGS has released a wealth of information on the geology of the sea bed around the UK. These data are available to download for free, accompanied by viewable maps, and will be a valuable resource for companies, researchers and decision makers in their work to ensure sustainable developments of the marine environment. The information comprises geophysical data representing 800,000 kilometres of the geology of the UK marine environment.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in Scotland has moved! BGS Scotland is now based at The Lyell Centre, on the Heriot-Watt university campus in Edinburgh. Two major new buildings provide large open plan offices for staff, a major new marine operation and engineering facility, the national collection of Scottish rocks and fossils together with laboratories and workshops to support the science programmes.
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.
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."
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.
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.