The original Brexit: ancient Britain’s geological split from Europe

April 5, 2017 by  
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Brexit – or Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – remains controversial even as Prime Minister Theresa May begins the process of leaving. But it turns out this process may not have been the first Brexit ever. Research led by Imperial College London scientists found evidence of an ancient geological Brexit – “the Brexit nobody voted for” – in the Dover Strait. According to their research a land bridge once existed between England and France . Ancient Britain, regardless of the lack of cities and people, might have been almost unrecognizable according to geophysical and seafloor data. In this Britain, which could have existed 450,000 years ago during an ice age, the whole English Channel would have been a frozen tundra crossed only by small rivers. Britain may have been physically connected to Europe by a chalk rock ridge spanning the Dover Strait that held back a proglacial lake , or lake in front of an ice sheet according to Imperial College London, in what is today the North Sea. Giant waterfalls from the lake could have contributed to erosion that breached the ridge. Related: UK’s Brexit vote could reverse environmental protections and contribute to climate change The data shows a valley system and huge holes on the seafloor. In France, there are around seven of these holes, or plunge pools, around 328 feet deep in a solid rock line between Dover and Calais. The straight line backs up the idea the holes were created by waterfalls cascading over a ridge about 328 feet high and around 20 miles long – the land bridge – to hit the ground below and erode rock. Catastrophic flooding is thought to have finished the ancient Brexit. The researchers found evidence of megaflood processes, which could have carved the valleys. Imperial College London professor Sanjeev Gupta, co-author on a paper published online yesterday in Nature Communications , said in a statement, “The breaching of this land bridge between Dover and Calais was undeniably one of the most important events in British history, helping to shape our island nation’s identity even today. When the ice age ended and sea levels rose, flooding the valley floor for good, Britain lost its physical connection to the mainland. Without this dramatic breaching Britain would still be part of Europe. This is Brexit 1.0 – the Brexit nobody voted for.” Via Imperial College London Images courtesy Imperial College London and Wikimedia Commons

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Critics outraged by UK plan to build 1.8 mile tunnel under Stonehenge

January 16, 2017 by  
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One of Britain’s most well-known archaeological landmarks could soon have a tunnel carved below it. The government unveiled plans for a 1.8 mile tunnel running under Stonehenge as part of a $2.4 billion infrastructure investment, hoping to slash traffic plaguing the area. But not everyone is happy with the government’s plan; some experts believe a tunnel could destroy undiscovered artifacts. The British government is planning a $2.4 billion investment for the country’s A303 road, hoping to upgrade it into a “high quality, high performing route” that will improve trips for millions of people, according to the Department for Transport’s statement on the project. Part of the upgrades include a tunnel passing beneath the famous site. Officials say the tunnel would slash congestion and bolster the local economy. Related: Archaeologists reveal fresh details about 4,500-year-old “New Stonehenge” English Heritage , the charity managing more than 400 historic sites, backs the tunnel. UNESCO , which in 1986 designated Stonehenge as a World Heritage Site, say they could get behind the idea, but have not yet viewed final plans. Historian Tom Holland fears a tunnel could destroy the key historical site. He told CNN, “Recent finds show this place is the birthplace of Britain, and its origins go back to the resettlement of this island after the Ice Age. It staggers belief that we can inject enormous quantities of concrete to build a tunnel that will last at best 100 years and therefore decimate a landscape that has lasted for millennia.” Local chamber of commerce president and Amesbury Museum chairman Andy Rhind-Tutt is also against the tunnel, saying it won’t even really improve traffic and will “put a time bomb of irreversible destruction on one of the world’s greatest untouched landscapes.” The public can comment on the tunnel plan until March 5, and the government plans to announce the preferred route later in 2017. Construction could start in 2020, according to a Highways England spokesperson, and could be completed in four years. Via CNN Images via Good Free Photos and Pixabay

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The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

July 21, 2015 by  
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Great Britain’s first affordable energy positive house has just opened its doors in Stormy Down, Wales. Dubbed the Solcer House , the residence can produce more electricity than its occupants can use. Designed by Cardiff University’s Phil Jones and his team, the incredible three bedroom home hones enough energy from the sun to meet electrical needs of its residents and then some. Ready for the bad news? The house was revealed just in time for the British government to scrap plans that would have made all new homes similarly efficient by 2019. Read the rest of The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

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UK aiming for 10 million solar-powered homes by 2020

February 3, 2015 by  
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The United Kingdom nearly doubled their solar power last year, with 650,000 installations on private homes and state-owned properties. This brings the UK’s solar power capacity to five gigawatts (5GW), compared to just 2.8GW at the end of 2013. Boosting Britain’s capacity is part of a larger effort to make solar power an integral part of the nation’s energy supply. Read the rest of UK aiming for 10 million solar-powered homes by 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , “sustainable energy” , 2014 , alternative energy , britain , green energy , solar , solar photovolatic capacity , Solar Power , UK , united kingdom

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Affordable wooden cabin is precariously perched over a cliff in Nova Scotia

February 3, 2015 by  
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Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

February 3, 2015 by  
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President Obama released his fiscal budget for 2016 on Monday (2/2) afternoon, and it proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion fund to incentivize individual U.S. states to make greater cuts to power plant emissions . The proposals are in keeping with the Obama administration’s wishes to prioritize the fight against climate change in the final two years of his presidency. Read the rest of Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , 2016 , Climate Change , coastal flooding , department of defense , Department of Energy , Drought , emissions , fiscal budget , global warming , green energy , obama , renewable energy , solar , tax credit

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New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

July 9, 2014 by  
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Nature lovers have always enjoyed being out in the woods and immersing themselves in the wild, and there’s a stunning center in the UK that can help to make that experience even more magical. Commissioned by the Countryside Education Trust (CET) ,  New Forest Study Centre  is a large, sustainable treehouse retreat in the countryside where people can go to learn about rural life and build a connection to nature; an experience that some one million children in the  UK  have never had. With two classrooms and a large outdoor space that has farm animals, gardens, and study areas, this treehouse project is a major catalyst for environmental awareness. Read the rest of New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Blue Forest , britain , Countryside Education Trust , England , environmental education , green tree house , Nature , nature education , New Forest , New Forest Study Centre , Novoe Ltd , outdoor education , Prince Charles , Samantha Sherwood , Sustainable Building , sustainable treehouse , The Countryside Education Trust , tree house , treehouse , U.K. , UK , XCO2

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King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub

February 11, 2014 by  
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Designed by Lewis Cubitt and unveiled in 1852, London’s King’s Cross railway station is one of Britain’s biggest and most well-known transport hubs. The station took its name from the King’s Cross area of London; it’s named after a monument of King George IV that sat at the Cross Roads. Today, King’s Cross station provides long-distance overground train services to Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. The King’s Cross complex also includes King’s Cross St. Pancras underground station, which acts as the biggest Underground transport hub in London, providing connections to every single line in the Capital. Although separate buildings, the King’s Cross development also includes St. Pancras International . This station provides services that include the Midland Main Line, Eurostar services to France and beyond, and high-speed train services to Kent via High Speed 1. Read the rest of King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: britain , green transportation , infrastructure , king’s cross renovation , Kings Cross Railway , London , railway , railway station , sustainable transportation , train station , train travel , transportation hub , transportation infrastructure , Urban design        

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

October 21, 2013 by  
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The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being discovered, the 2011 catastrophe did compel the rest of the world to take a long, hard look at the true risks of nuclear power and many countries announced they would begin to phase out their nuclear programs in favor of renewable alternatives. That lesson seems to have been lost on British leadership, however. This morning, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government has signed an agreement with French-owned EDF to build the first new British nuclear power station in 20 years. According to the Guardian , Cameron hailed the agreement as “a very big day for Britain” that “would kickstart a new generation of nuclear power in the UK.” Read the rest of Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: britain , britain’s new nuclear power plant , first nuclear plant since Fukushima , Fukushima , nuclear , nuclear disaster , nuclear power , nuclear power plant , renewable energy , safety , UK        

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Old Toothbrushes, Yogurt Cups and Cell Phones Become Activewear

June 12, 2013 by  
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You may not be shocked to hear jeans or T-Shirts can be made from plastic bottles since recycled polyester is becoming increasingly common. One company, though, takes recycling plastic into clothing to a new level. Kenai Sports of New Britain, …

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