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Beware of shale gas hype warn senior stakeholders

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A gathering of senior representatives of the oil and gas industry, energy companies, finance, parliament, government, and other organi- sations and stakeholders, is cautious about direct comparisons with US shale gas developments and about the impact of UK shale on gas prices. Participants warned that the impacts of fracking need to be communicated openly, to dampen overblown expectations and avoid brand damage to the industry.

120 environmental science studentships

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Oxford University is set to benefit from a £10 million investment in a new environmental science training programme, leading one of 15 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) across the country.

Major Advance for an Emerging Solar Cell Technology

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Following a 2012 ‘breakthrough for perovskite cells’ by Oxford physicist Henry Snaith and colleagues, Science (11/9/13) reported that Henry and his team ‘have delivered another surprise…the cells are just as efficient if constructed using the same method as cheap thin-film silicon cells. What’s more, the simple layered cell converts more than 15% of sunlight to electricity – equal to the record for perovskite cells, set just two months ago for a nanostructured device’.

The Future Is Not What It Used to Be

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A hard look at the twin challenges of climate change and energy scarcity that examines historical precedents and allows no room for complacency.

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