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Scientists measure Deepwater spill atmospheric pollution

Scientists measure Deepwater spill atmospheric pollution

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:47:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

In order to keep oil away from the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico large amounts of the oil spilled by the Deepwater Horizon well in 2010 were burned, now scientists have measured the impact that decision had on air quality.

Scientists measure Deepwater spill atmospheric pollution

Microbes can cleanup uranium

Microbes can cleanup uranium

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

A naturally occurring soil bacteria can render toxic uranium in contaminated areas safe. Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), have discovered how Geobacter, an ancient form of bacteria can use hair-like structures called microbial nanowires on the exterior of the cell's wall to precipitate out uranium.

Microbes can cleanup uranium

Britain's most improved rivers revealed

Britain's most improved rivers revealed

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

The Environment Agency has named the top 10 most improved rivers in the country - changed from industrial dead zones to thriving wildlife habitats. Britain's rivers are the healthiest for over 20 years and otters, salmon and other wildlife are returning for the first time since the industrial revolution.

Britain's most improved rivers revealed

Could California ban styrofoam cups?

Could California ban styrofoam cups?

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:12:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Senator proposes bill to ban styrofoam containers, but opponents say it risks job losses. California, are considering a bill prohibiting restaurants, retail stores and other food outlets from serving or handing out food in expanded polysterene containers.

Could California ban styrofoam cups?

Call to tackle nitrogen's multi-pronged threats

Call to tackle nitrogen's multi-pronged threats

Posted Sun, 28 Aug 2011 23:31:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A presentation today, on nitrogen's pivotal role in a host of environmental issues, is trying to flag up the need to tackle man's nitrogen emissions. Papers being presented at the ACS annual meeting, held in Denver this week, outline both the scope of the problem - and the fact that solutions are far from being out of reach, if the will is there.

Call to tackle nitrogen's multi-pronged threats

Clean-up for Lake Ellesmere, New Zealand's most polluted Lake

Clean-up for Lake Ellesmere, New Zealand's most polluted Lake

Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2011 19:26:00 GMT by Laura Brown

$11.6 million to clean-up Lake Ellesmere, the most polluted lake in New Zealand, but how effective will it be? Lake Ellesmere, in the Canterbury region of the South island and the fifth largest in the country was noted for the levels of pollution, damaging indigenous wildlife and its ecology, in a report last year.

Clean-up for Lake Ellesmere, New Zealand's most polluted Lake

Companies misleading over greenhouse super gases says report

Companies misleading over greenhouse super gases says report

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:12:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

One of the most powerful greenhouse gases is being released into the atmosphere in far higher quantities than European governments are reporting says a new report. HFC-23 is a so-called super greenhouse gas which has a global warming potential some 14,800 times higher than CO2.

Companies misleading over greenhouse super gases says report

How microbes manage oil spills

How microbes manage oil spills

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:53:00 GMT by Michael Evans

A new study reveals that microbes have a natural ability to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons that enter the environment as a result of an oil spillage. The study of both oil spills published in the current edition of the US journal Environmental Science & Technology, reveals the vital part that micro organisms play in reducing the overall environmental impact of oil spills.

How microbes manage oil spills

Link from Florida's toilets to coral-killing white pox disease proved

Link from Florida's toilets to coral-killing white pox disease proved

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 21:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Humans can't dodge the charge of endangering corals in Florida, say scientists - it is our feces that are spreading a coral-destroying white pox disease there. A paper out on the online journal PLoS ONE today finds the smoking gun at the sewage treatment plant; but Florida is racing to fix the problem at source.

Link from Florida's toilets to coral-killing white pox disease proved

Shell's North Sea oil spill is ''worst for a decade''

Shell's North Sea oil spill is ''worst for a decade''

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:03:01 GMT by Laura Brown

As second leak is discovered on the Gannet Alpha platform Shell is accused of not releasing information fast enough about the spill. Confirmation on the amount of oil leaked too several days to emerge. This morning (Tuesday) a second leak was discovered at the Gannet Alpha platform, which is 111 miles east from Aberdeen.

Shell's North Sea oil spill is ''worst for a decade''

Fukushima radioactive load nailed-down by sulfur study

Fukushima radioactive load nailed-down by sulfur study

Posted Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A Californian monitoring station, thousands of miles from the scene of the Japanese tsunami disaster, has produced one of the first concrete estimates of the neutron flux of the doomed Fukushima plant. The pulse of radioactive sulfur, a byproduct of spraying seawater onto the radioactive core, also helps to firm up our understanding of sulfates in the atmosphere, says the paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Fukushima radioactive load nailed-down by sulfur study

Power stations cleared of acid lake effect

Power stations cleared of acid lake effect

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:53:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Lakes which were protected from acidification thought to come from power station emissions may, in fact, have been more acide under 'natural conditions'. As Sweden has thousands of lakes the Swedish government was particularly active, instigating a programme of liming acidified lakes.

Power stations cleared of acid lake effect

Time to tax plastic carrier bags?

Time to tax plastic carrier bags?

Posted Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:57:00 GMT by Laura Brown

As the use of plastic carrier bags in the UK rises by 300 million, is it time for a tax? Figures released mapping the number of plastic bags used between 2009 and 2010 showed an increase of almost 300 million, a 5% increase.

Time to tax plastic carrier bags?

Mass poultry production causes water pollution

Mass poultry production causes water pollution

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:34:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Large scale broiler production is affecting water quality in Chesapeake Bay. A report from Pew Environment Group, Big Chicken: Pollution and Industrial Poultry Production in North America, claims that the vast scale of these operations poses a real threat to the environment.

Mass poultry production causes water pollution

'Deepwater' oil snatched from depths helps to map lurking oil plumes

'Deepwater' oil snatched from depths helps to map lurking oil plumes

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new paper, out on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today, is casting light on what happened to the flood of oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon unprecedented spill. The results of the analysis of the uniquely-obtained oil samples - from both the gushing well-head, and the drifting oil plumes discovered 3,600 feet down - are helping to map out the implications of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for the Gulf of Mexico, and the ongoing risks of deep-water drilling for oil in the future.

'Deepwater' oil snatched from depths helps to map lurking oil plumes

Ocean acidification puts California mussels at risk

Ocean acidification puts California mussels at risk

Posted Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:25:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Californian ecosystems could soon be affected by ocean acidification. Ocean acidification could significantly affect the number of California mussels (Mytilus californianus) reaching maturity and consequently, have a detrimental impact on the marine ecosystems of Californian coastal regions.

Ocean acidification puts California mussels at risk

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Alberta Tar Sands pollution evidence is devastating

Posted Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Old King Coal has a Texan hole?

Posted Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Mediterranean demise

Posted Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Carbon dioxide's rise and rise

Posted Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:22:21 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Beach Watch

Posted Thu, 29 May 2014 06:11:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

City clean up with nanotechnology

Posted Mon, 19 May 2014 08:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Carbon destroys ocean life as well as our climate

Posted Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:45:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Ecological challenges in Central Asia

Posted Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:24:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Manhattan's 'methane sieve' warning a year before explosion

Posted Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:11:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

New ozone threat:small but deadly

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

Scientists measure Deepwater spill atmospheric pollution

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:47:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Pollution Postcard from the Great Lakes, some Mercury Rising

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:22:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Air pollution increases floods and droughts, study shows

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:39:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Cities Change Wind Patterns, Raising Pollution

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 23:52:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Trash Islands

Posted Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:38:14 GMT by Michelle Simon

How the developed world is hiding its growing emissions

Posted Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:17:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Improving but Thames is still Britain's worst river

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

Plug Ghana's poor into gas network, and halt smoke-related illnesses

Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Air pollution linked to heart health, Beijing olympic study finds

Posted Wed, 16 May 2012 13:52:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Neonicotinoid nightmares

Posted Fri, 03 May 2013 06:39:38 GMT by Dave Armstrong