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Toxic black snow covers Siberian coalmining region

Residents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting videos online showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a manmade ecological catastrophe. In one video, filmed in Kiselyovsk, a town in the Kuzbass region, a woman drives past mounds of coal-coloured snow stretching to the horizon, covering […]

UK public backs tough action on plastic waste in record numbers

An unprecedented number of people have backed tough action against plastic waste in a government consultation that could pave the way for a series of fiscal measures in the autumn budget. The government will say response is evidence that there is broad public support for reducing single-use plastic waste through measure such as a “latte […]

Humans Cause Over 95 Percent of California Wildfires

A large fire tearing through Holy Jim Canyon in California that has charred more than 6,200 acres so far has a familiar origin. Though not always intentional or criminal, humans are the most common cause of wildfires in the United States. Earlier this week, a man named Forrest Clark was arrested in connection to the […]

Budget earmarks $500m to mitigate Great Barrier Reef climate change

The Turnbull government will allocate $500m to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. The funding, to be unveiled on Sunday and confirmed in the May budget, follows a recent study finding that 30% of the reef’s corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave in 2016. The government will partner with the Great […]

Bin liners to takeaway containers – ideas to solve your plastic conundrums

Plastic has become an environmental disaster. Microplastic pollution has been found in our waterways, fish stocks, salt, tap water and even the air we breathe. Reducing our reliance on plastic by refusing it wherever possible has never been more important, especially as Australia’s recycling system is in crisis. Yet there are conundrums that continue to defeat […]

The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted

Microplastic pollution contaminates soil across Switzerland, even in remote mountains, new research reveals. The scientists said the problem could be worse in other nations with poorer waste management and that research was urgently needed to see if microplastics get into food. In the first major study of microplastics in soil, the researchers analysed soil samples from […]

Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought

Hundreds of thousands of people will be forced from their homes on low-lying islands in the next few decades by sea-level rises and the contamination of fresh drinking water sources, scientists have warned. A study by researchers at the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands and Hawaii University has found that many […]

Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice

Scientists have found a record amount of plastic trapped in Arctic sea ice, raising concern about the impact on marine life and human health. Up to 12,000 pieces of microplastic particles were found per litre of sea ice in core samples taken from five regions on trips to the Arctic Ocean – as many as three times […]

£10m a year needed to ensure England’s soil is fit for farming, report warns

England must invest £10m a year to ensure its soil is productive enough to continue to grow food by the end of the century, a new report warns. Soil erosion and the pollution of watercourses is putting the entire £8bn farming industry at risk, according to the study from WWF, the Angling Trust and the Rivers Trust, […]

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work – a chemist explains

The plastic bottles we throw away today will be around for hundreds of years. It’s one of the key reasons why the mounting plastic pollution problem, which is having a deadly effect on marine life, is so serious. But scientists recently discovered a strain of bacteria that can literally eat the plastic used to make bottles, and […]

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