Onshore wind faces a tough few months after subsidises were brought to an premature end. Photo credit: Richard McCluskey

Looking into Westminster’s crystal ball

Renewable energy is officially mainstream. Once the realm of tree-hungers and hemp-wearing hippies, now the clean and green revolution is on everybody’s radar. Financial giants Bloomberg have reported that renewables investment has overtaken that poured into fossil fuels; the Pope has weighed in as an ardent supporter of renewable energy; and the Germans even have a word […]

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Hunting for a purr-fect solution

The recent addition of a feline companion to our family has poised us a question; what do you do with a problem like cat litter? Unless you’re the lucky owner of a cat who does their business exclusively outside, then your cat will invariably regularly present you with a small brown problem. Speaking to various friends […]

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What makes a volcano go bang? The Grenadines, Lesser Antilles

Originally posted the Travelling Geologist blog – http://www.travelinggeologist.com/2015/05/volcanoes-of-the-grenadines-with-charly-stamper/ The world’s most explosive and dangerous volcanoes are located at destructive plate boundaries. Here, dehydration of the subducting tectonic plate initiates partial melting of the overlying mantle wedge and produces magma (and hence, volcanoes). Lavas erupted from volcanoes at these locations chart a huge variety of evolved compositions, […]

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Wales: Bin there, done that – what next?

10 March saw the CIWM Resource Conference Cymru 2015 being held in Cardiff Bay, Wales. The purpose of the meeting was to share good practice and innovation about recycling and resource management in Wales. Here’s what I found out (with thanks to CIWM/Wastepack for providing the bursary that allowed me to attend!)… Ask anybody what Wales is renowned for and […]

Is there anything more 'Bristol'? Photo credit: Flickr user Vaidotas Mišeikis

PhD reflections: Charly

Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end. Over the next few weeks, […]

Bristol - European Green Capital 2015 and England's first cycling city. Photo credit: Bristol 2015

The year ahead – twenty fift-green?

Firstly, happy New Year from all those at BaR! The start of January always seems to herald a surfeit of navel-gazing blog posts. Therefore, I thought I would attempt to broaden my horizons and consider whether, with only five years to go to meet the 20-20-20 EU climate targets, will 2015 be the greenest year […]

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Christmas cracker jokes 2014

Sorcha Q:Why didn’t the geologist want his Christmas dinner? A: He lost his apatite. Elspeth Q: Who did Santa bring along to perform at the Earth Sciences Christmas party? A: Elf-is Presley! Charly Q: What is Father Christmas’s favourite element? A: Holmium (Ho Ho Ho!) KT Q: What happened to Rudolph when he accidentally ate […]

Science Snap (#35): Twinning

Twinning is a phenomenon in mineralogy whereby a single crystal of a mineral has two or more parts in which the crystal lattice is differently orientated. The shared surface between two twins is called the composition or twin plane, and the orientation to either other is determined by symmetry through rotation or reflection; this relationship […]

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PhD reflections: KT

Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end. Over the next few weeks, […]

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PhD reflections: Sorcha

Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end.  Over the next few weeks, the BaR contributors […]