LONDON (Reuters) – The government should consider building a new mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) plant to reuse the country’s huge stockpile of separated plutonium as part of a long-term nuclear strategy, the Royal Society said in a report on Thursday.
The recommendation comes just a few months after the government-owned Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) announced it would close MOX plant at Sellafield.
LONDON (Reuters) – An ancient lake hidden deep beneath West Antarctica’s Ice Sheet may reveal vital clues about climate change and future sea level rises, and uncover new forms of life, according to a group of UK engineers and scientist.
This month a British engineering team will travel to one of the most remote and hostile environments on Earth — Lake Ellsworth, which is buried under 3 kilometers of ice — in the first stage of a project costing over 7 million pounds.
LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Solutions such as fog catchers,
seawater greenhouses and fuel cells powered by microscopic
bacteria are on show to help secure water supply and food
production as rising population and climate change put the
world’s natural resources under strain.
Water limits are close to being breached in several
countries, while food output has to rise up to 100 percent by
2050 to sustain a world population seen growing by 35 percent
from 6.9 billion to around 9 billion by that time, two U.N.
reports have shown.
LONDON (Reuters) – The Times Atlas of the World exaggerated the rate of Greenland’s ice loss in its thirteenth edition last week, scientists said on Monday.
The atlas, published by HarperCollins, showed that Greenland lost 15 percent of its ice cover over the past 12 years, based on information from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado in the United States.
LONDON (Reuters) – The global water market could be worth $800 billion by 2035, with Asia making up half that value as rapid economic growth and a rising population boosts demand, the president and chief executive of Finnish chemicals firm Kemira said on Friday.
Some experts foresee the water market hitting $1 trillion by as early as 2020.
“Water is the fastest growing market at the moment, with a size of $500 billion globally,” Harri Kerminen said in an interview in London.
LONDON (Reuters) – There will be an unexpected sight high in the skies over the British county of Norfolk next month: a huge balloon attached to the ground by a giant hosepipe.
It isn’t obvious, but it is the first small step in an experiment which aims to re-create the cooling effect of erupting volcanoes on the earth’s atmosphere.
LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s seas are changing at an unprecedented rate as ice sheets melt, temperatures rise and marine life migrates due to climate change, a report by the Climate Change and European Marine Ecosystem Research (CLAMER) project warned.
Scientists examined a mass of EU-funded research on the impacts of climate change on Europe’s marine environment and identified the gaps and priorities for future work.
LONDON (Reuters) – The outlook for renewable energy may be cloudy as governments scramble for solutions to a faltering global economy and financial markets suffer from uncertainty, but it is not bleak, analysts said in two separate reports on Friday.
Renewable energy sectors have lagged fossil fuel energy and wider global stocks over the past couple of months and so far this year, data show, underperforming even as world shares slide on concerns about slow global growth.
LONDON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The cost of alternative low
carbon vehicles could fall significantly in the next 15-20 years
as prices of cleaner fuels drop, but they will remain pricier
than conventional cars, a report by UK-based consultancy Element
Energy showed on Tuesday.
The roll-out of alternative vehicles is seen by some as a
crucial step in the shift to a low-carbon economy. HSBC sees the
electric vehicle market growing 20-fold by 2020 to $473 billion.
LONDON (Reuters) – Computer simulations of the weather workings of the entire planet will be able to make forecasts to within a few kilometers accuracy, helping predict the effects of deadly weather systems.
But the world may have to wait 20 to 40 years’ for such accurate information on weather events like El Nino as computer capacity grows, a senior British scientist said Thursday.