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Droughts may turn Amazon Rainforest into major polluter, scientists warn

Droughts may turn Amazon Rainforest into major polluter, scientists warn

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:55:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Should droughts in the Amazon Basin become more frequent, the days of the rainforest offsetting man-made carbon emissions are set to come to an abrupt end. The days of the Amazon Rainforest acting as a natural buffer against man-made carbon emissions may be drawing to a close. In fact, not only could the South American forest soon lose its status as the planet's most-important 'carbon sink'

Droughts may turn Amazon Rainforest into major polluter, scientists warn

Electric technology zaps away water pollution

Electric technology zaps away water pollution

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:48:01 GMT by Laura Goodall

Zapping microbes with electricity could replace tonnes of chemicals used in cleaning up mining wastewater, thanks to scientists who have developed a new water treatment system. Microbes are already used in conventional wastewater treatments to mop up contaminants by adding or removing electrons. But to work effectively, they need to be 'fed' using vast amounts of nutrients and chemicals.

Electric technology zaps away water pollution

Carpooling on the decline as solo driver numbers rise

Carpooling on the decline as solo driver numbers rise

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:40:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Carpooling was once believed to be one of the answers to our traffic congestion and pollution woes, but the latest research shows a picture of decreasing car pooling figures and increasing solo drivers. In the 1980s about one out of every four American was a part of the great car pooling phenomena. Sharing a ride to work was the thing to do and many organisations encouraged and even actively facilitated their employees to be involved in car pooling.

Carpooling on the decline as solo driver numbers rise

China, worlds biggest greenhouse gas emitter introduces more pollution controls

China, worlds biggest greenhouse gas emitter introduces more pollution controls

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:22:06 GMT by Louise Murray

China overtook the United States as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter in November and is beginning to introduce controls to limit the environmental degradation that accompanies its rapid industrialisation. Already the planet's largest energy consumer and polluter, China has long taken the position that it is the industrialised nations who should be taking up the biggest burden of emissions cuts.

China, worlds biggest greenhouse gas emitter introduces more pollution controls

Good clean water as UK rivers enjoyed great decade

Good clean water as UK rivers enjoyed great decade

Posted Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:30:00 GMT by Simon Kent

The UK's rivers have enjoyed a great decade. The Environment Agency want this to continue. The UK's Environment Agency has defined the last decade as 'the best for rivers since the industrial revolution'. With dramatic improvements in water quality and the general environment around rivers the results have been seen in the recovery of wildlife in the British countryside.

Good clean water as UK rivers enjoyed great decade

Study finds Mediterranean Sea biomass potentially dominated by plastic particles

Study finds Mediterranean Sea biomass potentially dominated by plastic particles

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:44:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A recent scientific expedition looking at plastic levels in the Mediterranean Sea has revealed the severity of the micro-plastic pollution problem. The research work has been completed by Mediterranean EnDangered (MED), an international programme bringing together scientists, teachers, sailors, artists and associations for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea.

Study finds Mediterranean Sea biomass potentially dominated by plastic particles

Unsafe disposal of water waste in Pennsylvania

Unsafe disposal of water waste in Pennsylvania

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:45:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

The state of Pennsylvania is in the midst of controversy since last week when it was discovered that the liquid that gushes from its gas wells is only partially treated for substances that could be environmentally harmful, then dumped into rivers and streams from which communities get their drinking water. This creates water that is salty to taste and harmful to health.

Unsafe disposal of water waste in Pennsylvania

Pacific ''Plastic Debris'' area not as big as previously estimated

Pacific ''Plastic Debris'' area not as big as previously estimated

Posted Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:33:04 GMT by Julian Jackson

There is a large amount of plastic rubbish floating in the oceans but the claims about the Great Garbage Patch in the middle of the Pacific between North America and Japan are exaggerated according to research by Oregon State University.

Pacific ''Plastic Debris'' area not as big as previously estimated

A New Year gift of dead birds and fish?

A New Year gift of dead birds and fish?

Posted Tue, 04 Jan 2011 10:32:51 GMT by Paromita Pain

The state of Arkansas is ringing in New Year in a very peculiar way. On New Year's Eve 2000 birds fell dead out of the sky and in another incident last week, thousands of fish washed up dead on the shores of the Arkansas River. Officers are saying its disease and not really pollution but environmentalists are saying pollutions and the use of fireworks could be the cause.

A New Year gift of dead birds and fish?

Soil takes years to recover from pollution spills

Soil takes years to recover from pollution spills

Posted Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:50:01 GMT by Michael Evans

Soil damaged by pollution spills that include heavy metal can take many years to recover. On 25 April 1998, a tailings dam of the Los Frailes lead-zinc mine at Aznalcollar near the Spanish town of Seville suddenly failed and released 4-5 million cubic meters of toxic tailings slurries and liquid into nearby Rio Agrio, a tributary to Rio Guadiamar.

Soil takes years to recover from pollution spills

Deep-water corals in the Gulf of Mexico found fouled by oil

Deep-water corals in the Gulf of Mexico found fouled by oil

Posted Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Seven miles south west of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead a remotely controlled underwater vehicle called Jason discovered oil-fouled dead and damaged corals at 1400 metres deep.

Deep-water corals in the Gulf of Mexico found fouled by oil

Improving but Thames is still Britain's worst river

Improving but Thames is still Britain's worst river

Posted Sun, 21 Nov 2010 13:50:00 GMT by David Hewitt

To help the River Thames shrug off its tag of the country's least-loved river the problem of run-off and direct discharges need to be addressed.

Improving but Thames is still Britain's worst river

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The future of the sea? How the ocean economy can fight plastic pollution.

Posted Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:10:00 GMT by Stefan Ranstrand

Zero Waste Week starts

Posted Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:58:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

UK supermarkets must take lead in tackling plastic pollution

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:45:00 GMT by Sian Sutherland

Nations that are cleaning up ---- part 1!

Posted Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:59:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

California butterflies and neonicotinoids!

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:40:31 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A whale of a problem with shipping, noise, and conserving life.

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:10:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Smogmobile could rule city roads.

Posted Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rivers of despair, polluted from Basel to Shanghai and Melbourne

Posted Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Corals need more spawning, not more light.

Posted Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:33:36 GMT by Paul Robinson

China comes clean (legally at least.)

Posted Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Microbes can cleanup uranium

Posted Mon, 05 Sep 2011 19:01:01 GMT by Louise Murray

New ozone threat:small but deadly

Posted Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:45:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Ban Ki-moon asks for the earth

Posted Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:36:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

More powerful software to estimate CO2 emissions

Posted Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:05:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

US lakes have increased threat of toxin

Posted Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:12:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Britain's most improved rivers revealed

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:18:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

EPA Warns of Illegal, Harmful Pesticide Sales Online

Posted Tue, 22 Mar 2011 02:00:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Chernobyl 25 years on

Posted Sat, 26 Feb 2011 20:07:07 GMT by Michael Evans

Remediating the Hudson River

Posted Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:53:41 GMT by Michelle Simon

To bee or not to bee (again)

Posted Sun, 01 Dec 2013 15:30:00 GMT by Paul Robinson