This briefing examines the extent to which scientists and engineers are changing their lifestyles to become more environmentally friendly. It highlights the importance of behaviour change across society to help tackle the climate crisis, and the potential of scientists and engineers to act as role models for such change.
This report summarises a range of concerns about the rapid advances in AI and robotics - in areas such as lethal autonomous weapons, accidental nuclear war, fake news, online privacy, driverless cars and more...
Feature articles cover: nuclear weapons - current threats and opportunities; melting of Arctic ice cap; cars and climate change; air pollution; protecting the oceans; Brexit and universities; EU military R&D; nuclear weapons accidents in UK; radical science in 1980s
Feature articles cover: cyber-security threats to nuclear weapons; renewable energy expansion; commercialisation of UK universities; links between nuclear power and nuclear weapons; landmines; fracking and public health; arms and fossil fuels industries in schools; nuclear submarine risks.
Feature articles cover: failings in UK climate policy; the flaws of nuclear deterrence; climate impacts of space tourism; the risks of another Chernobyl/ Fukushima; ocean acidification; military science and technology; the Paris climate agreement; teaching science ethics
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
This report reviews evidence across a number of issues associated with shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These include environmental and public health aspects and socioeconomic considerations.
Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane