Press releases

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

Dr Marie Cowen
Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland at the British Geological Survey (BGS), Dr Marie Cowan, has been elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2020.

22 May 2020

African Savanna elephants: Fiona Sach / British Geological Survey © UKRI
Scientists are beginning to understand how African elephants adapt their movement patterns in search of essential nutrients in their diets, a problem which is leading elephants to live closer to human activity.

21 May 2020

Tiny specks of space dust, billions of years old, are telling us important stories about our entire solar system, say scientists, who are discovering new ways to unearth clues about the birth of our planets.

19 May 2020

Indonesia Rice Fields
Scientists have identified a potential new tsunami risk in Indonesia by mapping below the seabed of the Makassar Strait.

30 April 2020

Drinking water tap
More than half of the world’s population faces a looming threat to the quality and availability of their drinking water because climate change and urbanisation are expected to cause an increase in groundwater organic carbon, a new study has found.

16 April 2020

scientist in field
Seismologists across Europe have been looking at the effects of the Coronavirus lockdown on seismic activity after a study in Brussels reported a drop in ambient seismic noise.

9 April 2020

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

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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

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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