Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


Electric Car by MikesPhotos from Pixabay
Global production of lithium has seen a sharp increase of 235 per cent in five years, according to the latest figures now published in World Mineral Production 2014-2018 (WMP), by the British Geological Survey (BGS).


24 March 2020

BGS logo
The Falkland Islands are at risk from tsunamis caused by underwater landslides, according to new research by scientists from the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University.


16 March 2020

BGS logo

The UK is well placed to research and develop geological solutions to climate change due to the excellent and well-developed knowledge base, mature understanding of the UK’s subsurface, as well as world-class universities and research centres.

Article by Prof. Mike Stephenson and Florence Bullough as featured in Science in Parliament - Vol 75 No 4 - Spring 2020.



12 March 2020

Kobo - Shallow Borehole
Ensuring continuous access to groundwater via multiple water sources and technologies supported by on-going monitoring and external support, will make drought-prone communities in east Africa better equipped to cope with climate change, according to a new study.


4 March 2020

CHV Coring Yanlet Sand Flats
Parts of the River Thames previously thought to be relatively unaffected by Britain’s historic use of organic contaminants and metals, are more polluted than first thought, according to new research.


4 March 2020

Landslides map
On Sunday 9 February 2020, Storm Ciara hit the UK with very high winds and intense rainfall causing widespread disruption and flooding.


25 February 2020

Flooding alerts
As a result ofabove average rainfall over the last six months, parts of the country are currently suffering from extensive flooding. This is primarily due towater in rivers, such the River Severn and River Wye, flowing out of their banks. The Environment Agency have issueda record number of river flood warnings and alerts, and these include warnings and alerts for groundwater flooding.The groundwater flood warnings and alerts cover parts of Dorset, Hampshire and Berkshire and are primarily onareas underlain by the Chalk aquifer.


21 February 2020

Ruth Edwards MP and BGS group

Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) welcomed newly elected Rushcliffe MP, Ruth Edwards, to its headquarters in Keyworth on Friday (7 February).



12 February 2020

Karen Hanghoj recieving Honorary Doctorate

The Director of the British Geological Survey (BGS), Dr Karen Hanghøj, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to geological research by one of Sweden’s top-ranked universities.

Dr Hanghøj was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Uppsala University at a special graduation ceremony in Sweden on Friday 31 January 2020.



4 February 2020

Professor Michael Stephenson

British Geological Survey (BGS) executive chief scientist, Professor Mike Stephenson, has been appointed to the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPSRC) Energy Strategic Advisory Committee.

The Energy Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) is an independent body of advisors responsible for providing advice to help guide the UK’s energy agenda in support of government targets, led by EPSRC.



4 February 2020