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Study: UK rivers polluted by abandoned landfill

The Natural Environment Research Council has warned that several rivers in the UK could be highly polluted, after researchers discovered that tonnes of ammonium reach the River Thames every year from an Oxford wetland. New research published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found out that...


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Small island states threatened by rising sea levels call for sustainability

Leaders of small island states are to seek investment in renewable energy projects and sustainable food production facilities to gain an economic overhaul at a UN climate summit next week. The summit will take place on September 1 in Samoa, located in the Pacific. Leaders will hope to gain...


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Antarctic marine life atlas launched to inform conservation debate

A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is to be published to inform future decisions about conservation and marine protected areas in the region. The atlas, published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, saw leading marine biologists and oceanographers from...


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Norway breaks record in yearly whale catching rates

Norwegian fisherman have captured a record total of 729 whales so far this year, the highest number since 1993, when the country officially resumed the internationally condemned practice. Whaling capture rates have steadily increased in the waters around Norway, with 590 rorqual whales captured last year – far higher...


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Black carbon linked to risk of cardiovascular disease in Chinese homes

Black carbon – a form of pollutant with a particularly potent warming affect on the climate – has been linked to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In a new study, researchers have investigated the impacts of the dangerous pollutant on those exposed to it on a daily basis....


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Carbon-cutting policies could save billions in healthcare costs

Efforts launched to curb greenhouse gas emissions could pay for themselves, according to a new study investigating the potential healthcare savings of reductions in pollution. It is already widely accepted by scientists that carbon-cutting policies, introduced primarily to mitigate climate change, can have positive impacts on human health. Experts...


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Unexpected methane leakage discovered on the US Atlantic sea floor

Scientists have found at least 570 vents off the US East Coast that are leaking methane  – one of the most powerful greenhouse gases on Earth – and fear they could eventually contribute to global warming. A study published in Nature Geoscience has found numerous unusual vents between Cape...


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Plastic pollution at ‘alarming levels’ in Sydney harbour

Microplastic pollution has contaminated the bottom of the Sydney harbour with pieces as small as sand grains, according to a new study that warns the phenomenon can intoxicate marine life and even affect the food chain. A team from Sydney Institute of Marine Science has found tiny plastic particles...


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Iceland issues red alert over volcano eruption beneath glacier

The Bardarbunga volcano recent seismic activity has caused a small eruption under the Dyngjujökull glacier, leading to Icelandic meteorological office issuing a red alert for aviation. On Wednesday, an orange alert was issued following signs of “ongoing magma movement”, with authorities fearing an eruption similar to that of 2010, when...


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Study: wild bees can thrive in urban environments

New research has found almost a third of France’s 900 species of wild bees live in towns and cities, suggesting that urban settings can play a crucial role in helping pollinators thrive. Researchers analysed the effects that urbanisation has on wild bees in 24 sites around Lyon in France,...


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Wildlife trade: new report reveals the extent of bear trafficking in Asia

New analysis by wildlife charity TRAFFIC has revealed at least 2,801 bears have been traded dead or alive for their parts and derivatives between 2000 and 2011 in Asia, especially in Cambodia and China. The report’s findings are based on 700 seizures occurred in various Asian states and Russia....


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The Great British Bee Count: 800,000 bees spotted so far

The Great British Bee Count has found yellow and black bumblebees to be the most common species volunteers have seen across the UK, all of which has reported through a smartphone app developed by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q. The count will end on August 31 and...


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Key to global warming slowdown held deep in Atlantic sea, says report

The Atlantic and Southern oceans have been found to be storing excess heat in their depths, lowering global temperatures and confusing researchers who believed the Pacific Ocean was responsible for lowering temperatures. The findings, published earlier this week in the journal Science, have also discovered a varying planetary ‘heat...


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Forum for the Future’s Board of Trustees welcomes new bright individuals

Former RWE Npower CEO Volker Beckers and ethical living journalist Lucy Siegle are among the new members of sustainability not-for-profit organisation Forum for the Future’s Board of Trustees. Forum for the Future works with businesses and governments to promote sustainability at all levels and it also manages a higher...


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Global solar panel shortage caused by boom in industry

The solar industry is now facing a global shortage in photovoltaic panels, the shortage is expected to slow growth in the smaller domestic market, raising fears over its survival. The industry was previously experiencing a slump in sales, but the oversupply of solar panels since 2010 has managed to...


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