Cornish Geothermal: Hello from Professor Iain Stewart

I went down to Cornwall once and they put me in a box. An air-tight box. In the Eden Project. For two days. Inside, researchers took the oxygen content down from 21% to 12%, and then waited to see if a glass container packed with high-photosynthesising plants could take in the carbon dioxide from my breathing and re-establish normal oxygen levels. It nearly worked – well, at least I lived – but the point is that being vitally dependent onRead more

Mike Barry – Marks and Spencer’s Plan A programme: translating science into meaningful action

At first glance, the food and clothing on offer in the aisles of Marks and Spencer give little indication of the company’s sustainability strategy. But look closer and some clues are revealed: the name of the farmer can be seen on the chicken he has supplied; the forks available to eat a take away salad are now wood rather than plastic; more meals using plant-based meat alternatives are on the shelves. These developments have their origins in Plan A, theRead more

Cornish Geothermal: A welcome from our team!

Hello, and welcome to the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project team here at the Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI). We are a diverse group of researchers from various backgrounds across the social and geo sciences, who have come together to ask some big questions about what it really means for geothermal power to be a part of our society. We are one of a partnership of organisations, including the commercial partner Geothermal Engineering Ltd, and the British Geological Survey. TheRead more