The questions of what we will do to sustain our cities in a post-fossil fuel era and how to deal with the climate change which has resulted from that era have taxed scientists for decades.
As those years have passed, so the urgency to find solutions to both conundrums has grown.
So it is with great pride that we should look upon the announcement that Newcastle’s urban innovation centre Science City will be at the forefront of research aimed at providing answers to those queries.
A £58m development to be built on the former brewery site next to St James’ Park will house around 1,500 staff and students focused on not only testing green energy ideas, but also transforming how our cities work to enable more efficient energy use.
We wish them every success in their endeavours.