The first in a new much-hyped BBC series presented by Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of Life starts by asking, What is life? Cox uses his natural enthusiasm to communicate the complexities of such a question. This programme achieves that rare balancing act of being both entertaining and educational. The layperson and the science undergraduate will find much to applaud in this series.
Posts Tagged ‘energy’
Posted in biosciences, environmental and waste management, health sciences, sports studies, tagged agriculture, autism, energy, environment, fish, flooding, football, health, healthy living, marine, obesity, pesticides, rivers, seeds, students, visas, waste on 4 November 2011| Leave a Comment »
These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:
Environmental and Waste Management
Flood Risk Management in England [PDF file]
Posted in biosciences, environmental and waste management, forensics, government publications, sports studies, tagged agriculture, climate change, cows, dairy, energy, freshwater, gamebirds, geese, goose, government publications, healthy living, land use, low carbon, marine, organic, rural, Scottish football, sea, seals, tuberculosis, waste, wind on 29 March 2011| Leave a Comment »
An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March. Here is a selection:
Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management
Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.
Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland. (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.) Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.
Marine and Freshwater policy documents.
Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.
- Interim SA report.
- Pre-consultation draft.
- Scotland’s Marine Atlas: Information for The National Marine Plan – Scotland’s Marine Atlas is an assessment of the condition of Scotland’s seas, based on scientific evidence from data and analysis and supported by expert judgement.
“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”
A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest. The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.
Offshore wind energy
This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond. It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.
Other relevant publications include:
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Appropriate Assessment
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Appropriate Assessment Information Review
- Marine Scotland: Economic Assessment of Short Term Options for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Costs and Benefits to Other Marine Users and Interests.
Posted in all sciences, earth sciences, environmental and waste management, health sciences, pharmacology, physics, psychology, tagged biodiversity, chemicals, climate change, energy, environment, healthy living on 13 January 2011| Leave a Comment »
TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a series of non-profit conferences that are devoted to “ideas worth spreading”. Delivered by many celebrated speakers, the talks are divided into 6 major headings – including Science, Technology and Global Issues – and are now available free on-line. Under Science you will find talks that include, “Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice” and “A tool that finds 3x more breast tumours and why it’s not available to you“.
Posted in all sciences, biosciences, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental and waste management, tagged climate change, energy, environment, journal articles, recycling on 7 December 2010| Leave a Comment »
Greenfile can be accessed from the A-Z list of databases and the sciences resources page. Although Greenfile does not include full text articles, it is possible to check using SFX whether access is available via another database.
The US Department of the Environment produces DOE Green Energy, a database of information sources about renewable energy and conservation of energy. It indexes information about various forms of green energy, including hydroelectric power, wind power, and biofuels.
Green Energy is a US government project. All the information in this database is from US government sources, e.g., technical reports and patents, but it can be a useful resource if you are looking for international information on environmentally friendly sources of energy.
Posted in all sciences, environmental and waste management, government publications, health sciences, sports studies, tagged energy, health, higher education, wind on 5 November 2010| Leave a Comment »
The Westminster and Holyrood Governments publish a number of reports that may contain useful information for scientists. These include:
Health Sciences/Sports Studies
The Scottish Health Survey looks at the health of people living in private households in Scotland. It covers areas such as general health and long-term conditions, mental health and wellbeing, eating habits and levels of physical activity. A technical report giving in-depth information about how the survey was conducted is also available.
Reports on the correlations between socio-economic deprivation and mental wellness, life expectancy, risk of heart attack, low birth-weight, etc.
Sets out “the opportunities, challenges and the priority recommendations for action … to realise Scotland’s full potential in offshore wind”. According to this report “Scotland has an estimated 25% of Europe’s offshore wind potential”.
The Energy Efficiency Action Plan sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to energy efficiency and microgeneration of energy.
Statistics on qualifications achieved by students at Scottish colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the first destinations of qualifiers from HEIs.