Smaller animals that feed lower in the food web might be at greater risk from microplastic exposure than larger ones.
We need to advance our understanding of the effects of microplastics on aquatic ecosystems, especially on small animals at the base of food webs that might be ingesting more of these particles.
Sandstorm approaching Merzouga Settlement in Erg Chebbi Desert, Morocco.
Humanity’s biggest challenges are not technical, but social, economic, political and behavioural. Effective actions are still possible to stabilise the climate and the planet, but must be taken now.
Hot mix asphalt plants should not be built within residential areas and around water resources.
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There have been instances of heavy metals pollution in Nigeria that led to public health crisis.
Plastic bottles, containers and other waste washed up from the Lagos lagoon at one of the waterfront jetties
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Pollutants from industrial and domestic sources in the Lagos lagoon represent a cocktail of environmental contaminants.
Madrid’s skyline on a clear night.
As lockdowns have came into effect around the world, air pollution has plummeted.
Smoke covers a street market in Palermo, Italy. October 8 2019.
Pollutants like nitrogen dioxide are a silent killer, but everyone isn’t equally at risk.
Visitors walk through Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s installation ‘Fireflies on the Water.’
Images of wildfires are powerful, but can make climate catastrophe seem like something spectacular and distant. So some artists are focusing on the plants and bugs in our immediate surroundings.
Firefighting foam containing PFAS can get into waterways. But the evidence doesn’t give us reason to worry about our health.
Episodes of reported PFAS contamination are never far from the news. Here’s a run-down of what PFAS is, and why we have little reason to worry about its potential effects on our health.
In Paris’s André-Citroën Park, a balloon is used to measure air pollution.
The number of substances emitted into the atmosphere is immense and growing, but some are particularly harmful to health and are subject to increased monitoring.
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer – the troposphere, 8-14 kilometers above earth – ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health.
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer, ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health.