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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

REE Exercise

The Society has published a briefing note on the rare earth elements (REE), developed by an expert working group chaired by Professor Paul Henderson.

Geoscientist 22.01 February 2012

Nic Bilham writes: REE have a wide variety of applications, and are increasingly important in the production of low-carbon technologies such as wind turbines, electric traction motors and hybrid vehicles. Demand for REE has increased by more than 50% in the last decade, and is expected to rise further. In 2009, China produced around 97% of global REE. Recent reductions in Chinese export quotas led to increased prices, and have exacerbated concern about future security of supply. While geological scarcity in absolute terms is not likely to be a problem, the technical, financial, environmental and regulatory challenges which must be overcome to establish new REE mines could mean disruptions in supply over the next decade.

Geoscientists will play a vital role in the search for rare earth ore deposits and their extraction, in ensuring that as little damage is done to the environment as possible in extraction, and in addressing questions about security of supply and future demand for REE. We hope that this briefing note will help to inform debate among scientists, policy-makers, potential investors and other industry players.