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expert encounter: Prof Mike Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology at the British Geological Survey

A new book by Prof. Mike Stephenson, Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy, will be published in early March. It attempts to cut through the misinformation on both sides of this emotionally charged debate and clearly present the unbiased scientific evidence to help policy makers and the public decide for themselves about shale gas and fracking. Prof. Stephenson came to the SMC to talk to journalists ahead of publication. read more

The future of gas

The UK Energy Research Centre is publishing a new report on the use of gas as a bridge to a low-carbon future. In ‘Gas by Design’, researchers examine the future role of gas in our energy mix if we are to prevent global temperatures from rising above 2C by 2100, and how much longer we can keep burning gas without widespread use of carbon capture. read more

expert reaction to IPCC AR5

Reaction to the fifth assessment report (AR5) of the IPCC, announced on the 27th September, from lead authors and 3rd party scientists. read more

shale gas and fracking

Shale gas extraction has become a polarised issue with claims and counterclaims on each side of the debate and it’s hard to know what’s true. This background briefing featured four senior experts with knowledge of the major issues around shale gas and fracking. read more

is it safe to proceed with fracking in the UK?

While hydraulic fracturing is an established technology that has been used in the oil and gas industries for many decades, its use for primary extraction of shale gas is relatively new and exploration licences are still pending in the UK. read more

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