Urban rooms: where people get to design their city’s future

Tim Dixon, University of Reading and Lorraine Farrelly, University of Reading Despite the strong Utopian traditions of urban planning, there has often been a reluctance to think beyond the short term. Long-term planning is complex; electoral cycles are short and it’s easier to focus on the everyday challenges than those of the far-off future. For […]

Britain’s electricity away from fossil fuels

Britain has shifted 30% of its electricity away from fossil fuels in just nine years By Joe Dunckley / shutterstock Grant Wilson, University of Birmingham and Iain Staffell, Imperial College London Nine years ago, Britain generated nearly 75% of its electricity using natural gas and coal. In 2018, this dropped to under 45% – a […]

A seemingly endless resource like Sand

The search for sustainable sand extraction is beginning While most of us are not aware of it, sand is – after air and water – the third most used resource on the planet. Every house, dam, road, wine glass and cell phone contains it. Even a seemingly endless resource like sand cannot keep up with […]

How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse by Vasile Ersek, Northumbria University, Newcastle is another story of scientists saying yet again that in the past, shifts in climate impacted one way or another  life on earth. The picture above is that of the author while researching data from a cave in […]

Sahara Desert once verdant oasis

The Sahara Desert is one of the harshest, most inhospitable places on the planet, covering much of North Africa in some 3.6 million square miles of rock and windswept dunes. But it wasn’t always so desolate and parched. Primitive rock paintings and fossils excavated from the region suggest that the Sahara was once a relatively […]

Can’t understand Climate Change ?

Look no further than here below, if you can’t understand climate change. In this December 27, 2018 post by Michael James in Synthetic Zero, on climate change, a confident Gavin Schmidt explains how after studying climate change with models that illustrate the complex interactions of small-scale environmental events, he came up with this bright and […]

Water crisis looms for Egypt

Water crisis looms for Egypt as Ethiopia’s Nile mega-dam nears completion #Environment Ethiopia’s GERD dam is set to reshape the complex water politics of the Nile Basin – and ‘water stressed’ Egyptians will be the biggest losers Kieran Cooke Thursday 27 December 2018 Editor’s note: Two of the biggest dam projects in the world – one […]