- Great Dunmow, Essex
This High Voltage Engineer will provide design leadership for high voltage cable assemblies up to one megavolt.
- Recruiter: Essex X-Ray & Medical Equipment
- London (Greater)
- £25,000 - £30,000 starting salary, inclusive of on-target commissions.
Precision Microdrives (PMD) is a fast growing technology company that designs, produces and trades miniature electro-mechanical mechanisms
- Recruiter: Precision Microdrives
- Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
We are innovative, robust and fast growing business, whose main focus is to deliver continues improvement to existing products and offer new soluti...
- Recruiter: Helmet Integrated Systems / Gentex Corporation
- Uppsala (Stad) (SE)
The Swedish Institute of Space Institute (IRF) in Uppsala search for an analogue electronics engineer.
- Recruiter: Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)
- Southampton, Hampshire
- £45,271 to £49,207 per annum
Responsible for technical oversight and project management of internally and externally funded innovation centre projects.
- Recruiter: National Oceanographic Centre
- Cumbernauld, Glasgow
- Grade: 6/7* £26,537 - £37,768*
Work as part of a growing dynamic team on a wide range of technical projects with particular emphasis on experimental validation and testing
- Recruiter: University of Strathclyde
- Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Mott MacDonald's highly successful Water and Environment Unit is recruiting an electrical engineer....
- Recruiter: Mott MacDonald
- Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Mott MacDonald's highly successful water business continues to win and deliver a fantastic amount of work....
- Recruiter: Mott MacDonald
- Scotland, Glasgow
Technical Design Authority - Marine Systems (Mechanical) Would you like to play an exciting and varied role working with the River Class Batch 2 (RCB2) vessels for the Royal Navy? We currently have a vacancy for a Technical Design Authority - Marine Syste
- Recruiter: BAE Systems
- York, North Yorkshire
Senior electronics engineer to work as part of a team developing an MEG imaging system; working with the engineering team and external contractors.
- Recruiter: York Instruments
IPCC climate change report prompts calls for action
There is a 95 per cent certainty that humans have caused global warming according to the IPCC report
Scientists are more certain than ever that humans are causing climate change, prompting calls for renewed focus on developing renewable energy.
The first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) fifth assessment report, released today, shows that global warming is "unequivocal" and human influence on the climate is clear.
The report, which has been published in Stockholm after line-by-line scrutiny by scientists and policymakers, found it is "extremely likely", or 95 per cent certain, that the majority of the warming since the 1950s is down to human activity, up from a 90 per cent certainty in the last IPCC study in 2007.
As a result of the warming, ice sheets are losing mass, glaciers are shrinking, sea ice cover has reduced in the Arctic and the permafrost is thawing in the northern hemisphere, the report – which draws on thousands of scientific papers – warns.
Experts said the report was a "wake-up call" that activities such as burning fossil fuels would have a profound effect on society today and in the future and campaigners called for immediate action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of renewable energy trade association RenewableUK, the trade said: “The scientific community is sending a clear and unequivocal message to policymakers that urgent action is needed to reduce our carbon emissions and set in place paths to create a future of clean, carbon reducing sources of energy if we are to reduce our negative impacts on our environment.”
“Wind has a vital role to play in this, given that as a result of wind power deployment in the UK we are reducing by 10 million tonnes every year the amount of carbon that we pump in to the atmosphere.
“This report shows that we cannot rest on our laurels though, we have to make sure that we hit our 2020 carbon reduction targets as well as looking beyond 2020 so we can create a decarbonised economy fit for the future.”
Lord Stern, who authored the key review on the economics of climate change, said: "Delay is dangerous because greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere and because we are locking in high-carbon infrastructure and capital."
To have a 50 per cent chance of keeping temperature rises to no more than 2C, there is a limit to how much greenhouse gas can be emitted in the 21st century, and at current rates the world will have hit the limit in 15 to 25 years, he said.
Lord Stern said he expected nations, businesses and communities to increase the urgency and scale of emissions reductions in the light of the report and that the emissions "budget" would focus the minds of governments taking part in international negotiations on a new global climate deal.
"The transition to a low-carbon economy, led by private sector investment, in the context of sound public policy, will be full of opportunity, discovery, innovation and growth," he added.
But Professor Richard Dawson, chair of Earth System Engineering at Newcastle University’s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, said that simply focusing on reducing emissions is not enough – work must be done to prepare for the negative impacts of climate change.
"More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, many of them located in low-lying coastal or delta areas,” he said.
“Urban areas concentrate people, infrastructure and economic activity, making them disproportionately vulnerable to weather extremes like heat waves or flooding. Furthermore, they are major consumers of resource and producers of pollutants both within and outside their boundaries.
“The latest IPCC findings highlight that in the face of continued global change it remains an international priority to adapt urban areas and infrastructure to be more resilient to a wider range of environmental conditions, and to reduce their contribution towards emissions through more efficient use of resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions."
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