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Climate book is judges' hot pick - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - A book about global warming has won this year's Royal Society prize for popular science writing. - Mark Lynas' Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet has already been turned into a TV programme and is now almost certain to experience a jump in sales. The book explains how Earth will change for every degree rise in temperature - from droughts to mass extinctions. - Mr Lynas was presented with the winner's £10,000 cheque at a ceremony hosted by the UK academy of science. - The award is one of the major publishing events of the year in the UK. Previous winners have included Bill Bryson, Stephen J Gould, Roger Penrose, and Stephen Hawking. - 16 June 2008.
Climate builds bridges across Asia - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology News - ANALYSIS By Navin Singh Khadka BBC News - Amidst growing criticism from industrialised countries for not committing to greenhouse gas reduction targets, India has indicated it would initiate regional efforts to deal with climate change. - Some experts believe the regional approach could be aimed at resisting pressure from major western economies, while others say the South Asian country has no other way to face the global challenge. - 16 July 2008.
Climate 'clearly out of balance' - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - The world's climate is "clearly out of balance and is warming", the world's largest society of Earth and space scientists has said in a statement. - The American Geophysical Union (AGU) warned that changes to the Earth's climate system were "not natural". - 24 January 2008.
Climate 'could devastate crops' - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Climate change could cause severe crop losses in South Asia and southern Africa over the next twenty years, a study in the journal Science says. - 31 January 2008.
'Climate crisis' needs brain gain - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - By Jonathan Amos Science reporter, BBC News, Liverpool - The most brilliant minds should be directed to solving Earth's greatest challenges, such as climate change, says Sir David King. - The former UK chief scientist will use his presidential address at the BA Science Festival to call for a gear-change among innovative thinkers. - He will suggest that less time and money is spent on endeavours such as space exploration and particle physics. - He says population growth and poverty in Africa also demand attention. - "The challenges of the 21st Century are qualitatively different from anything that we've had to face up to before," he told reporters before the opening of the festival, which is being held this year in Liverpool. - "This requires a re-think of priorities in science and technology and a redrawing of our society's inner attitudes towards science and technology." - 7 September 2008.
Climate crisis: Roosevelt revisited - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology News - VIEWPOINT Andrew Simms - We have just 100 months to act to prevent dangerous climate change, says Andrew Simms. In this week's Green Room, he outlines plans for a "Green New Deal" that could sort out the pressing problems we have with climate, energy and the financial system. - 21 July 2008. - '100 months to save the planet' - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - - BBC Science/Nature - A "Green New Deal" is needed to solve current problems of climate change, energy and finance, a report argues. - According to the Green New Deal Group, humanity only has 100 months to prevent dangerous global warming. - Its proposals include major investment in renewable energy and the creation of thousands of new "green collar" jobs. - The name is taken from President Franklin D Roosevelt's "New Deal", launched 75 years ago to bring the US out of the Great Depression. - The new grouping says rising greenhouse gas emissions, combined with escalating food and energy costs, mean the globe is facing one of its biggest crises since the 1930s. - 21 July 2008.
Climate documentary 'broke rules' - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology News - By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News website - A controversial Channel 4 film on global warming broke Ofcom rules, the media regulator says. - The Great Global Warming Swindle attracted various complaints, including claims that it misled contributors. - In a long-awaited judgement, Ofcom says Channel 4 did not fulfil obligations to be impartial and to reflect a range of views on controversial issues. - However, it judges that the film did not mislead audiences "so as to cause harm or offence". - 21 July 2008.
Climate 'fix' could deplete ozone - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology News - By Helen Briggs Science reporter, BBC News - Research has cast new doubt on the wisdom of using Sun-blocking sulphate particles to cool the planet. - Sulphate injections are one of several "geo-engineering" solutions to climate change being discussed by scientists. - But data published in Science journal suggests the strategy would lead to drastic thinning of the ozone layer. - 25 April 2008.
Climate focus 'ignores wildlife' - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Many efforts to curb climate change have paid little attention to conservation or helping the world's poor, a think tank has warned. - A paper by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said bad policy threatened biodiversity and made poor nations more vulnerable. - Monday, 18 February 2008.
Climate 'hockey stick' is revived - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News website - A new study by climate scientists behind the controversial 1998 "hockey stick" graph suggests their earlier analysis was broadly correct. - Michael Mann's team analysed data for the last 2,000 years, and concluded that Northern Hemisphere temperatures now are "anomalously warm". - 1 September 2008.
Climate prediction: No model for success - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst, BBC News - Pier Luigi Vidale smiles fondly as he gazes at the image unfolding on his screen. - It is a rare and beautiful view of Planet Earth. - Curlicues of cloud formations swirl around the Antarctic at the bottom of the screen as if captured by time-lapse photography. - The image resembles a view of the Earth from space, stretched full frame. - But a small yellow ball scudding along the bottom of the screen hints at another story. - The ball is the Sun, heating the surface as it passes and provoking a daily puff of cloud from the Amazon rainforest in this computer-generated climate model. - The animation comes from research led by Dr Vidale at Reading University's Walker Institute. - It is designed to provide long-term data to help scientists distinguish between heating trends and natural climatic fluctuations. - This week, about 150 of the world's top climate modellers have converged on Reading for a four day meeting to plan a revolution in climate prediction. - 6 May 2008.
Climate set for 'sudden shifts' - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology News - By Pallab Ghosh - Science correspondent, BBC News - Many of Earth's climate systems will undergo a series of sudden shifts this century as a result of human-induced climate change, a study suggests. - A number of these shifts could occur this century, say the report's authors. - They argue that society should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the idea that climate change will be a gradual process. - 4 February 2008.
Clouding the issue - Why environmentalists should not make flying the climate villian - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC News - VIEWPOINT - Martin Wright - The aviation industry has become public enemy number one for environmental groups, says Martin Wright. But, he argues in this week's Green Room, they should focus their efforts on "the real elephant in the room" - forest destruction. - Martin Wright is editor (at large) of Green Futures Magazine. - The Green Room is a series of opinion articles on environmental topics running weekly on the BBC News website - Tuesday, 22 January 2008.
Computers 'hold climate clues' - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology - Scientists say funding supercomputers is vital in the battle to better understand climate change. - Yet much uncertainty remains as the underlying science is not fully understood. Roger Harrabin reports.
Concern over tidal barrage cost - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology - The power generated by the proposed Severn Barrage could be produced more cheaply using other green technologies, a report says. - The £15bn dam across the Severn estuary from Cardiff to Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset could supply 5% of the UK's electricity within 14 years. - But an independent report commissioned by 10 environmental groups said it was not a good use of taxpayers' money. - 12 June 2008. - The ebb and flow of tidal power - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology - By Mark Kinver Science and nature reporter, BBC News - In January, the UK government and Welsh Assembly launched a two-year feasibility study into the possibility of harnessing tidal energy in the Severn estuary in order to generate electricity. It has the second largest tidal range in the world, which could be used to meet up to 5% of the UK's electricity needs. - Two forms of technology are being assessed by the study: tidal barrages and tidal lagoons. - 12 June 2008.
Cost of Energy Calculator - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Welcome to the Energy Cost Calculator Site! From this site you can link to simple web-based cost calculators that allow you to determine the cost of energy based on your own technical, financial, and economic assumptions.
Costing the Earth - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Radio 4 - Biofuels - As green as they seem? - Biofuels are being marketed as the cleaner greener alternative and, in part, a solution to depleting stocks of fossil fuel. Powering our cars from plants such as wheat or oilseed rape may sound environmentally friendly but Tom Heap finds out that not all biofuels are equal. - Radio 4 Downloadable programme - 17 May 2007.
Could carbon capture replace cuts? - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - By Dominic Laurie Europe business reporter, BBC News, Norway - If there's a country that's really made the most of its fossil fuel resources, Norway is a good candidate for the prize. - 23 January 2008.
CryoSat - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Building a satellite in just three years is without doubt an ambitious undertaking. Nevertheless, the decision to rebuild CryoSat and recover the mission includes just that goal. A year on and the mission is now well on the way to recovery, with a design that incorporates no less than 85 separate improvements.
Czech firm plans giant wind farm - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Business - Czech power firm CEZ is to build what it says will be Europe's largest onshore wind farm, in a 1.1bn-euro ($1.6bn; £886m) project. - 28 August 2008.
Decision on 'eco-towns' delayed - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Technology - Final approval will not be given to up to 10 "eco-towns" planned across England until early 2009 - three months later than originally forecast. - This is because a second consultation stage will run from September until December, the Department for Communities and Local Government said. - 19 August 2008.
Deep sea ecosystems depend on biodiversity to function - Science for Environmental Policy - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - A team of European scientists carried out the first global-scale census of deep ocean ecosystems and found a direct relationship between the biodiversity in these ecosystems and their ability to function. The researchers discovered some of the first evidence that the health of the deep sea increases with the diversity of species living there. They warn that the loss of deep-sea biodiversity could be crucial for the functioning of the oceans, the largest ecosystem on Earth.". - 24 January 2007.
Dr Charles Musselwhite - UWE - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Centre for Transport & Society.
Dr Darren Reynolds - UWE - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences.
Dr Stuart Shales - UWE - Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biotechnology - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Research Interests - Impact of heavy metal pollution on soil microbial processes. Biochemistry and genetics of tetracycline resistance in bacteria. Development of processes for microbial enhanced oil recovery. Assessment of environmental impact of pesticides. Microalgal biotechnology; pollution clean-up; renewable energy production and biofuels; bioremediation of contaminated land and landfill leachates; bioremoval of heavy metals; biodegradation of organochlorine compounds. Contaminated land remediation.
Energy Community - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Let's look at our Networked Improvement Community (NIC) and ask ourselves: "What is our NIC's 'Improvement Vector'?" and "Can we work together on improving how we improve?".
Energy Lecture Presentations - Bristol - Slides from these lectures are available in Powerpoint format - Institute of Physics and Institution of Engineering and Technology IET Bristol Network - In November 2006 the Institute of Physics held a mini-series of lectures on the theme of energy.
Environment and Research - Science for Environment Policy - DG Environment News Alert Service - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - There is evidence that the results of research are not always fully exploited. It is thus important to improve the dissemination of research results so that they are both more usable for policy makers and help to communicate understanding of environmental issues to the general public. - That is the reason why DG Environment has decided to establish this service in order to reinforce the links between science and policy. - The target audience are policy makers as well as the wider public. - This service provides scientific information in the field of the main themes of the Environmental Action Programme and relevant to DG Environment policy priorities in support of the knowledge based approach.
Environmental Management - UWE - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Themes - Waste - Energy - Transport - Procurement - Biodiversity.
Environmental Protection UK and UWE Annual One-day Conference - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] & HEALTH - PREVENTION BEFORE CURE - The 10th Annual Conference jointly organised by the South West Division of Environmental Protection UK (formerly the NSCA) and the University of the West of England, Bristol is on Thursday, 21st of February 2008 at the Watershed, Bristol. The theme for this one-day conference will focus on Environment and Health policy and research. There will be presentations from the Health Protection Agency, Barts and the London Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, University of Aberdeen, UKPHA, South West Public Health Observatory, and the University of the West of England.
ESA - ATSR World Fire Atlas - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - European Space Agency World Fire Atlas.
ESA - EarthCARE - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Post Granada 2001 - EarthCARE, SPECTRA and WALES advance to Phase A.
ESA - EarthCARE End-To-End Mission Simulator - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - The EarthCARE simulator objective is to provide an End-to-end simulation capability (retrieval algorithms applied to forward model outputs and evaluation of results) which allows to assess whether the science goals / mission requirements can be met.
ESA - Earthnet Observation - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - European Space Agency - Earthnet Observation.
ESA - Living Planet Programme - SWARM - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - ESA's magnetic field mission Swarm - The objective of the Swarm mission is to provide the best ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, and gain new insights into improving our knowledge of the Earth's interior and climate.
ESA - New radar satellite technique sheds light on ocean current dynamics - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - 24 January 2008 - Ocean surface currents have long been the focus of research due to the role they play in weather, climate and transportation of pollutants, yet essential aspects of these currents remain unknown. - By employing a new technique - based on the same principle as police speed-measuring radar guns - to satellite radar data, scientists can now obtain information necessary to understand better the strength and variability of surface current regimes and their relevance for climate change.