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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

Bacteria transform landfill methane

Bacteria transform landfill methane

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:58:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Biofilters can convert around a fifth of the wasted methane from old landfill sites into less harmful gases says new research. Methane has a much greater impact on global warming per amount of gas than carbon dioxide and landfills account for 12% of global anthropogenic methane emissions.

Bacteria transform landfill methane

Fish feeding on plastic in ocean's 'Garbage Patch'

Fish feeding on plastic in ocean's 'Garbage Patch'

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:02:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A team of American researchers have travelled to the Pacific Ocean's dirtiest waters to find that nine per cent of the fish there are eating our waste in the form of tiny specs of plastic. The garbage patch is known more correctly as North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, 1,000 miles off the Californian coast, and it was discovered that fish are eating 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year.

Fish feeding on plastic in ocean's 'Garbage Patch'

NASA launches planes to tackle air pollution

NASA launches planes to tackle air pollution

Posted Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:18:00 GMT by Laura Brown

New project launches to help improve scientists ability to track air pollutants via satellite. Low flying planes will be seen across Maryland in a programme called DISCOVER-AQ which is designed to improve the ability of satellites to measure the ground level air quality on earth from space.

NASA launches planes to tackle air pollution

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

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

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

A new study on the use of fuels in Ghana's capital shows that the poor are locked out of clean fuel use - so suffering from increased pollution from tiny particles in cooking smoke. With the country developing its natural gas potential, the authors - publishing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - argue that both the health of the poorest, and the country's forests, will benefit from the slashing of charcoal use, in favor of gas.

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

Cities Change Wind Patterns, Raising Pollution

Cities Change Wind Patterns, Raising Pollution

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

Warm nighttime temperatures change wind patterns, trapping pollutants in cities. Amongst U.S. cities, Houston has some of the highest levels of pollutants like ozone at the ground level. In Houston, urban development inhibits winds from sweeping pollutants out to the ocean at night.

Cities Change Wind Patterns, Raising Pollution

Cleaning the waters with the power of the Sun

Cleaning the waters with the power of the Sun

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:54:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Algae could be used to clean polluted waters and scientists believe there could even be money to be made from the process' byproducts. The algae - described as turf scrubbers - are used in areas the size of fields and can 'clean' water contaminated with nitrogen and phosphorus.

Cleaning the waters with the power of the Sun

Scientists cast doubt on claims microbes consumed much of the Deepwater Horizon methane plume

Scientists cast doubt on claims microbes consumed much of the Deepwater Horizon methane plume

Posted Fri, 27 May 2011 12:47:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

Doubts raised by scientists that microbes consumed much of the Deepwater Horizon methane plume. All organic life on earth utilises carbon as a nutrient. Some bacteria are able to ingest methane, the simplest hydrocarbon, to satisfy this need, in part at least.

Scientists cast doubt on claims microbes consumed much of the Deepwater Horizon methane plume

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Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

Posted Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

China reveals “magic” land treatment success.

Posted Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Solutions to the sad case of the Aral Sea

Posted Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Quagga mussels invade your waterways!

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:31:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Global Commission adds pressure to climate debate

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:10:18 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Particle and nitrous oxide pollution in your car

Posted Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ban Ki-moon asks for the earth

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

Air pollution means death in cities

Posted Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

US lakes have increased threat of toxin

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

Alberta Tar Sands pollution evidence is devastating

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

Mass poultry production causes water pollution

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

Unsafe disposal of water waste in Pennsylvania

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

Beijing air pollution levels off the scale

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:12:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Local communities empowered to take on ocean's acidic hotspots

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Tibetan Plateau soot damage driving stronger monsoons

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 12:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Reef Destruction is Ecological

Posted Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:34:28 GMT by Paul Robinson

New ozone threat:small but deadly

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

Remediating the Hudson River

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

First red mud remediation treatment developed

Posted Mon, 06 Aug 2012 12:20:20 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Urgent action requested by RUG over ocean acidification

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:00:00 GMT by James Mathews