Eden Project to start drilling for ‘hot rocks’ to generate geothermal energy

If successful project will allow water to be injected down borehole to be superheated by rocks beneath A drilling rig is about to arrive at the Eden Project in Cornwall to bore almost three miles down into the granite crust in search of “hot rocks” that will be used to warm the attraction’s biomes and other buildings.The first of the lorries carrying a 450-tonne, 55-metre-high drilling rig will arrive on the outer edge of the site next week and if all goes well the geothermal scheme will begin operating by Christmas or early next year. Continue reading…

Coronavirus live news: Greece suspends rollout of Johnson & Johnson vaccine; EU may not renew AZ contract

Greece halts J&J rollout pending EMA review; commissioner says AstraZeneca only delivered 30m doses of 120m orderedIndian expansion of Covid vaccine drive may further strain suppliesThailand and Cambodia rush to halt waves of Covid casesOntario shifts strategy as it scrambles to combat worsening outbreakUnder-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data showsSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.38pm BST Mexico has registered a further 1,308 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 127 more fatalities, taking the country’s total to 2,306,910 infections and 212,466 deaths, according to Reuters.The government has said the real number of cases is likely significantly higher, and separate data published recently suggested the actual death toll is at least 60% above the confirmed figure. 6.21pm BST Ireland has recorded its first three cases of a coronavirus variant first detected in India, a senior health official said on Monday in a statement reported by Reuters.Cillian De Gascun, the head of Ireland’s national virus laboratory, told journalists at least two of the cases were related to travel. Related: What do we know about the Indian coronavirus variant? Continue reading…

Leeds United v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Premier League pdates from the 8pm BST kick-off UK government will try to stop European Super LeagueAnd feel free to email Rob with your thoughts here 6.36pm BST We’ve got a couple more new pieces – one from David Baddiel (insert your own Fantasy Football League joke here) and one on the reaction around Europe Related: European Super League faces scorn across continent Related: The ESL would destroy football as we know it – it’s almost as if they don’t care 6.34pm BST “Klopp quitting is exactly the scenario I’ve been imagining,” says Matt Dony. “He’s previously dismissed the idea of a breakaway league, so it’s not the world’s biggest stretch. That kind of principled stance would absolutely wipe out any memories of the struggles of this season. I’m terrified of losing him from Liverpool, (and rationally I am fully aware that it’s a tremendously unlikely outcome; nothing more than a sad fan romanticising a horrible situation), but should events unfold like that, I don’t know what could possibly top it. “In the big picture, it already feels like it’s gone too far. I don’t know how to fix the rifts that have already developed. Maybe there already isn’t a way to fix them. But I’m sad. I’m sad it’s finally come to this. I’m sad that the millions (and millions) of voices of fans aren’t being listened to. I’m sad that football makes itself so hard to love.” Continue reading…