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Beer bottles could help clean up lead pollution - Updated

Beer bottles could help clean up lead pollution - Updated

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 12:55:00 GMT by Laura Goodall

The beer bottles we throw into our recycling bins could ultimately help clean up water polluted with lead, thanks to a new development by scientists at the University of Greenwich, London. Nichola Coleman, a materials chemist at Greenwich, has come up with a way of reusing cullet, fragments of glass jars and bottles, to create a naturally-found rock mineral called tobermorite.

Beer bottles could help clean up lead pollution - Updated

A new danger for city cyclists?

A new danger for city cyclists?

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:50:00 GMT by Dave Collier

It may seem like common-sense to think that an individual living in the city is more likely to suffer from the effects of air pollution than someone in the country. However, you may want or need to consider a face mask if cycling in the city as a study has found increased black carbon intake for city cyclists.

A new danger for city cyclists?

CO2 emissions rising sharply despite cutbacks among industrialised nations

CO2 emissions rising sharply despite cutbacks among industrialised nations

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

Greenhouse gases continue to climb despite Kyoto Protocol. Scientific evidence demonstrates that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning fossil fuels, the primary driver of climate change, have continued to rise dramatically, according to a comprehensive report.

CO2 emissions rising sharply despite cutbacks among industrialised nations

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?

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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

Photography competition (Atkins CIWEM) for all

Posted Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Posted Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:57:32 GMT by JW Dowey

Unhappy home pollution is rife.

Posted Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:48:03 GMT by JW Dowey

Lima Call for Climate Change !

Posted Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:20:01 GMT by JW Dowey

EV Project: Electric Vehicles save a million gallons of petrol

Posted Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:22:20 GMT by Linden Volsun

EPA Warns of Illegal, Harmful Pesticide Sales Online

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

One year on and a bleak future for the people of Fukushima

Posted Sat, 11 Feb 2012 19:01:55 GMT by Michael Evans

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

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

Hope for the Ocean and its Resources

Posted Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Call to tackle nitrogen's multi-pronged threats

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

Remediating the Hudson River

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

Less carbon reduction and more pollution = global warming

Posted Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:54:40 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

Soil takes years to recover from pollution spills

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