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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

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

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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

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

Australia's carbon emissions rising

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

Improvements bring carbon capture method nearer

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:45:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Trash Islands

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

Cities Change Wind Patterns, Raising Pollution

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

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

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

Deepwater damage limited by bacteria and 'geography of the Gulf'

Posted Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:36:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Can green gloop make nuclear waste safe?

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:59:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Marine Turtle Ingestion of Plastic Investigated

Posted Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bleak news from WMO on greenhouse gas levels

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:12:47 GMT by Dave Collier

Pollution of the Chinese air (and people)

Posted Sat, 09 Mar 2013 13:18:40 GMT by Paul Robinson