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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

Local communities empowered to take on ocean's acidic hotspots

Local communities empowered to take on ocean's acidic hotspots

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

Acidic hotspots in coastal waters can destroy local livelihoods, as well as damage marine ecosystems. But a Policy Forum paper in tomorrow's Science claims that US communities have the power in their own hands to practically deal with such hotspots - without waiting for foot-dragging state and federal authorities to lumber into action.

Local communities empowered to take on ocean's acidic hotspots

Isotopic studies reveal a shift in the importance of nitrogen pollution sources in the Caribbean

Isotopic studies reveal a shift in the importance of nitrogen pollution sources in the Caribbean

Posted Wed, 18 May 2011 09:00:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

A study has found that the prevalence of fertiliser-derived nitrogen as a pollution source in the Caribbean is declining. This is attributed to the adoption of more environmentally sensitive agricultural practices in recent years which have changed fertiliser application practices.

Isotopic studies reveal a shift in the importance of nitrogen pollution sources in the Caribbean

Alaskan waters get new 'oceanic acidity monitors'

Alaskan waters get new 'oceanic acidity monitors'

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 12:11:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The announcement of 3 new advanced sensors for tracking oceanic acidity levels, made yesterday by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will help scientists monitoring this worrying knock-on from rising CO2 levels. If CO2 levels keep pushing the ocean's acidity up, many organisms relying on limy shells will be threatened.

Alaskan waters get new 'oceanic acidity monitors'

US children put at risk by school's polluting neighbors

US children put at risk by school's polluting neighbors

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 13:12:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Two-thirds of Michigan students are stuck in schools in the most polluted parts of the state, says a new study in Health Affairs. That's leading to bad effects on student's health and performance, and points to the need for stronger environmental assessment during planning for school sites, say the authors.

US children put at risk by school's polluting neighbors

How the developed world is hiding its growing emissions

How the developed world is hiding its growing emissions

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

Developed world countries, such as the US and the EU nations have been happy to claim the climate-change 'high ground', as their emissions stabilized over this last decade. But a new report confirms that this is an accounting illusion - with more emissions being 'exported' to developing countries, who increasingly make the goods consumed by the richer nations.

How the developed world is hiding its growing emissions

Australia's carbon emissions rising

Australia's carbon emissions rising

Posted Sun, 24 Apr 2011 13:49:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Latest figures show Australia's carbon emissions are on the rise again. The latest data to be released by Australia's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency shows that the emissions of carbon for the year of 2010 are 0.5 percent higher than the emissions from 2009.

Australia's carbon emissions rising

Gold fever is driving Amazon loss and mercury pollution in Peru

Gold fever is driving Amazon loss and mercury pollution in Peru

Posted Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Soaring gold prices are causing tumbling rainforests in Peru's Amazonian lowlands says a new study published today in the open-access journal PloS ONE. A leap in the area being felled for small-scale gold mining has bought with it increased emissions of mercury, toxic both to impoverished miners and to the wider environment. Controlling mercury may be the key.

Gold fever is driving Amazon loss and mercury pollution in Peru

Charging electric cars at night eases ozone haze

Charging electric cars at night eases ozone haze

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Ozone levels could be cut if the charging of electric cars is timed just right - so says a paper in Environmental Research Letters published online tomorrow. The authors looked at the effect on pollution from power-plants - which still feed much of the electricity for electric cars - and found night was best for reducing ozone hazes. This reinforces to the need to plan electricity tariffs to encourage the best charging behavior from the growing electric car-using population.

Charging electric cars at night eases ozone haze

Mercury burden hangs heavy round the neck of the albatross

Mercury burden hangs heavy round the neck of the albatross

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

That omen of goodwill or ill, the albatross, is itself suffering from misfortune, as a result of man's continued emitting of toxic mercury compounds. These have been shown, in new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, to be accumulating in higher amounts in top predators such as albatrosses. This could threaten their survival, by reducing their reproductive success rates, says the analysis of bird feathers collected over the last century.

Mercury burden hangs heavy round the neck of the albatross

Film focuses on river pollution

Film focuses on river pollution

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:09:00 GMT by John Dean

A film that contrasts the recovery of rivers in the North East of England with the pollution in their Indian counterparts will be premiered on April 19. To be shown at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on Tyne in North East England,'Black River Business' arose from the experiences of Indian director Sudheer Gupta while based at Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) in the region.

Film focuses on river pollution

Nightingale Island penguins still at threat

Nightingale Island penguins still at threat

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:40:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

A colony of endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins is facing a grim future after a ship grounded on an important breeding island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The remoteness of the Tristan islands and the fact that there is no air field on any of the islands has caused major headaches for the oil spill management efforts.

Nightingale Island penguins still at threat

Gulf oil-spill views differ in Louisiana and Florida one year on

Gulf oil-spill views differ in Louisiana and Florida one year on

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:20:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A survey on the reactions of Gulf locals, one year on from the biggest marine oil spill in history, shows that denizens of Louisiana and Florida had differing outlooks on some aspects of the disaster. Distrust of BP was common, but those from Louisiana felt they had suffered more, and were more likely to leave - despite both states suffering a similar economic losses.

Gulf oil-spill views differ in Louisiana and Florida one year on

Nitrogen, from Benefactor to Pollutant

Nitrogen, from Benefactor to Pollutant

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 07:39:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA) shows that Nitrogen is a significant pollutant and shines a light on the way forward. ''Reactive nitrogen'' is produced mostly by industrial processes and is in fertilisers and chemical pollutants like those given off by car exhausts and power stations. Without the food grown with fertilisers, Dr Sutton estimates that the Earth could only support about 50% of the current population of 6.8 billion.

Nitrogen, from Benefactor to Pollutant

More biodiversity means better water quality and less pollution

More biodiversity means better water quality and less pollution

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:19:01 GMT by Helen Roddis

Biodiversity improves water quality and helps ecosystems to withstand pressures from pollution, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Nature. In the study, Cardinale demonstrates exactly why streams that have more species are better at removing these nutrient pollutants from the water, confirming that niche differences among species provides the mechanism for biodiversity's cleansing ability.

More biodiversity means better water quality and less pollution

Japanese nuclear leak may be plugged, but crisis is far from over

Japanese nuclear leak may be plugged, but crisis is far from over

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:44:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Engineers may have plugged the leak in Fukushima's No 2 reactor, but the crisis continues. The leak had been discovered on Saturday and early unsuccessful attempts to stem this had been made with cement, absorbent polymer, rags, sawdust and even newspaper.

Japanese nuclear leak may be plugged, but crisis is far from over

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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

Canada moves on Utah's tar sands

Posted Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

To bee or not to bee (again)

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

The worst of climate change conferences?

Posted Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Pet coke expands, and pollutes everywhere

Posted Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Air quality study with benefits

Posted Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Less carbon reduction and more pollution = global warming

Posted Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:54:40 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Nightingale Island penguins still at threat

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:40:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Marine creatures trapped by toxic plumes with effects on genetic diversity

Posted Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:20:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

CO2 emissions rising sharply despite cutbacks among industrialised nations

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:35:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

EPA Warns of Illegal, Harmful Pesticide Sales Online

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

Mercury caused mass extinctions, say scientists

Posted Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:56:39 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Urgent action requested by RUG over ocean acidification

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

Cooler coal plant emissions are cleaner, say physicists

Posted Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:14:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

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

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

Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic particle content up 100-fold

Posted Wed, 09 May 2012 10:50:15 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Soil takes years to recover from pollution spills

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