Pollution: Roadside ‘supershrub’ traps fuel emissions, experts say 

Is this a solution to traffic pollution? ‘Supershrub’ at the roadside can trap fuel emissions, experts say The Cotoneaster plant was found to absorb more pollution than similar shrubs  It was found by researchers to be 20 per cent more effective at soaking up traffic fume particles than plants such as hawthorn and western red cedar … Read more

Is this the pollution solution? ‘Supershrub’ at the roadside can trap fuel emissions, experts say 

Is this a solution to traffic pollution? ‘Supershrub’ at the roadside can trap fuel emissions, experts say The Cotoneaster plant was found to absorb more pollution than similar shrubs  It was found by researchers to be 20 per cent more effective at soaking up traffic fume particles than plants such as hawthorn and western red cedar … Read more

NASA proposes looking for atmospheric pollution on exoplanets as evidence of alien civilizations 

Discovery of pulsars British astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was the first person to discover a pulsar in 1967 when she spotted a radio pulsar. Since then other types of pulsars that emit x-rays and gamma rays have also been spotted. Pulsars are essentially rotating, highly magnatised neutron stars but when they were first discovered … Read more

A layer of waste covers Serbian lake as the Balkans loses its battle with pollution

Cranes and building machinery were deployed to a lake in Serbia last week to clear a thick layer of waste covering its surface. Tons of floating waste have accumulated at the foot of the Lim River hydro-electric power plant on the Potpeć Reservoir in southwest Serbia following heavy rains earlier this year. The islands of rubbish … Read more

Health: High levels of air pollution can increase your risk of macular degeneration 

Living in an area with high levels of air pollution can increase your risk of developing macular degeneration and going BLIND, study warns Experts from the UK studied 15,954 people aged 40–69 with no vision issues They monitored them for the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) And they compared this to the subjects’ average annual air … Read more

Pollution: Polyester fibres make up almost three quarters of microplastics in the Arctic ocean

Three quarters of the microplastic pollution in the Arctic ocean is made up of polyester fibres from clothing and other textiles, a study has found. Canadian experts sampled seawater from 71 locations, finding that synthetic fibres more broadly make up types 92 per cent of microplastic pollution in the Arctic. Furthermore, sea water in the Arctic … Read more

Light pollution must be controlled for the sake of future generations, MPs claim 

Light pollution is a ‘blight on the night sky’ that is obscuring our view of the stars and should be controlled for the sake of future generations, a group of MPs claim.  An influential cross-party coalition of MPs and Peers have set out ‘ten dark sky policies’ they say the government should introduce to tackle … Read more

Low-traffic neighbourhoods make air pollution WORSE, report indicates

The level of a toxic car exhaust pollutant dropped across parts of south London following the scrapping of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN), according to a report. Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were higher at 11 south London streets when residential roads were closed and dropped when seven Wandsworth Council schemes were halted, The Telegraph reports.   … Read more

UK ‘message in a bottle’ experiment tracks plastic pollution

A National Geographic-backed experiment has shown how plastic bottles can travel almost 2,000 miles in just three months in natural waterways in Asia. UK researchers from placed GPS and satellite tags in plastic bottles in the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal at the top of the Indian Ocean.  The maximum distance travelled by … Read more

Birds that live in towns and cities are having more chicks because light pollution

Birds living in urban areas have more chicks than those in the country because of light pollution prompting them to lay eggs earlier in the year, study finds. Researchers from California Polytechnic State University based examined data collected by the public on 58,506 nests from 142 species across North America. They found that urban birds are … Read more