February 2012

Artificial leaf could generate fuel by photosynthesis

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have created an artificial ‘leaf’ capable of converting the sun’s energy to liquid fuel. Professor Richard Cogdell from the University of Glasgow explained “The sun gives its energy away for free but making use of it is tricky. We can use solar panels to make electricity but it’s intermittent and difficult to store. What we are trying to do is take the energy from the

Global Temperature trend

Despite the freezing (for the UK anyway) start to the year, NASA have confirmed that global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000. NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York monitors global surface temperatures have released an updated analysis