Scientists have successfully revived a 700-year-old virus that was frozen within ancient caribou feces, using it to infect a modern-day plant. The development raises the possibility that global warming could resurrect other infectious viruses.
The UK will build a £97m ($157m) supercomputer that can perform 16,000 trillion calculations a second and will be as heavy as 11 double-decker buses. It will help forecast the country’s famously unpredictable weather.
On Monday the House of Commons will launch the Energy Bill of Rights, advocating both fair pricing and sustainable energy sources. The campaign, pioneered by Fuel Poverty Action, aims to make energy “fairer, affordable” and “sustainable”.
Police have arrested up to 40 people in the course of weeklong Occupy Democracy protests outside the UK Parliament. Activists had originally set out to resist government austerity, poverty and inequality.
Earth’s temperature in 2014 is set to tie previous years or even reach a new high, meteorologists for the US government said after announcing that the globe just experienced the warmest September since record-keeping began.
A Green Party MP has called for Parliamentary pensions to be divested from the fossil fuels industry. Caroline Lucas says the Contributory Pension Fund, worth £487million, should join 800 corporations in withdrawing $50 billion in investments.
Wind speeds of up to 100mph are battering parts of the UK, as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo reaches British shores. Gusts and heavy rain have uprooted trees and caused flight cancellations, rail delays and road gridlocks.
Scientists in Singapore have designed a highly durable battery that can also be recharged 20 times faster than current models. The development is expected to be the next big advance in energy – and could be a boon for electric car users.
Several days ago (September 23) the UN climate summit was held in New York. It became another important step in the ongoing discussions of what is to be done to counter negative consequences of climate change.