SGR Newsletter 43

Winter 2015

Feature articles cover: science and engineering for war; shale gas and fracking; risks of nuclear weapons use; chemical weaponry and World War I; controlling global carbon emissions; UK domestic energy efficiency programmes; corporate influence on research on genetically-modified crops


Feature articles

  • Challenging the mindset of war
    Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, critically assesses new UK and Western military initiatives, and how engineers and scientists can be involved in challenging the cycle of violence.
  • UK household energy policy: another fine mess
    Dr Philip Webber, SGR/ Yorkshire Energy Services, describes the recent string of failures in the government’s home energy efficiency programmes and what needs to be done about them.


SGR News

  • A few words from the Director
    Has the Coalition government been promoting ethical science, design and technology?
  • New SGR report on fracking
  • SGR is now hydro-powered!
  • New science education work
  • Updates on other SGR activities on:
    - Militarisation of science
    - Climate change
    - Nuclear weapons
  • Obituaries – Prof Peter Nicholls, Prof John Westergaard and Rick Mather
  • Sponsors news – updates on Prof Tom Kibble, Prof Keith Barnham and Prof Stephen Hawking



  • SGR conference: Living within environmental limits – from science to practice
  • Breaking the frame: a gathering on the politics of technology
  • Book: Sustainable infrastructure – principles into practice

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