From Science and Environment

Posts on America’s work on and co-operation with the UK on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear energy, science, technology cooperation, space, aviation and medicine.

4415664247_4129da70ec_o

Celebrate World Water Day!

The United States is committed to help solve global water scarcity problems.  The Department leads by example by incorporating water conservation technology and practices into its facilities in the United States and overseas.  Just this year, the U.S. Consulate in Karachi set up an irrigation system using reclaimed water for their newly-planted native plants. U.S.…

Water_drop_impact_on_a_water-surface_-_(1)

World Water Day Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 24, is World Water Day. Here’re a few water-related facts to think about in the meantime. Water is the element that underpins all of human civilization. The World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Risks Report named water the top societal risk over the next 10 years. We celebrate Preview the theme for this year:…

Edward White during Gemini 4 mission, NASA public domain. Not from copyrighted auction collection.

Rare NASA Photos Auctioned in London

NASA released a treasure trove of vintage photos last week from the first lunar missions, and they went up for auction in London on February 26 at Bloomsbury Auctions. Not every photo sold, but some of the more exciting lots, such as Ed White’s personal photo album of the Gemini 4 mission, went for £9,000…which…

wwd_logo_english

Happy World Wildlife Day!

Today is the second annual World Wildlife Day! Around the world, wildlife trafficking is a growing crisis and is threatening the existence of pangolins, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.  The U.S. government is committed to reducing wildlife trafficking and is taking action through President Barack Obama’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking and the recent…

cyber
Featured

Keeping us safe doesn’t mean the end of our digital safety

The defining challenge for American leadership in the world can perhaps be summed up by one word, balance. It is the overriding consideration on every big global issue confronting us as we weigh the merits of our response and the course of action we take. Nowhere is this more true than on issues related to…

14632566347_50dabfef42_b

Progress Against Ebola

Both the U.S. and the UK have been very involved in the fight against Ebola. And we’re all very relieved to see the decline in the number of new cases. So here’s some more great news from the White House Blog: Progress in the Battle Against Ebola Since the first cases of the current Ebola…

17gzltm06rw7ujpg

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Why do I find tunnels fascinating?  Is it because I remember digging through stuff as a little boy?  Or perhaps that I take the tube into work every day?  In any case, we just want to salute the 1,000-tonne tunneling machine nicknamed Elizabeth, which just broke through to the Liverpool Street Crossrail station 40 meters…

The Virtual Watch Room satellite fishing monitor

Can Satellites Protect Fish?

The answer is not obvious, but they can.  Early this week I went to a fascinating demonstration in the UK Parliament of how UK satellites have developed a Virtual Watch Room (Infographic on left, also available as a PDF), which allows people to scan for suspicious fishing vessels and help stop illegal fishing.  These systems…

India_-_Sights_&_Culture_-_garbage-filled_canal_(2832914746)

Launch of “H2infO” Portal

Those of us in First World countries often take for granted the fact that we have clean water to drink, functioning sewers and reliable water supplies. But that’s obviously not the case everywhere. The U.S. knows that having access to these basic survival needs is a priority for governments and the focus of foreign policies…