Category - Environment & Climate
As the world’s need for energy increases every year, solar power represents one of the greatest sources of clean energy available. As noted by Dr Gerhard Knies while he pondered alternative sources of clean energy in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, However, the challenge remains of how to harness this energy efficiently and cheaply.
The recovery of populations of wolves, bears, lynx and wolverines in Europe over the past 50 years has been overwhelmingly successful, but it has come at the price of increased conflicts of interest with the people living alongside them. John Linnell of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research has been part of a large pan-European research effort to gain a deeper insight into these conflicts, int the hope that more effective methods for resolving them can be constructed.
BSRI A is a key partner in the iNS PiRe project and has worked on many similar projects related to older buildings and energy saving solutions. As part of iNSPiRe, the UK organisation carried out one of the largest assessments of Europe’s building stock ever undertaken, something that was vital if the project was to deliver the right solutions to the right buildings to make the greatest impact. BSRIA’s Sarah Birchall explains more
Pesticide exposure can have negative impacts on many species and is a major threat to biodiversity. A new study is one of few to have assessed the risks specifically for European reptiles. Results suggest that at least one third of European reptile species are at high risk of exposure, with lizards showing the highest sensitivity to pesticides.