We sampled sewage sludge from 13 wastewater treatment plants across three states. We found every resident adds microplastics to farmland, in dried sewage sludge (biosolids) used as fertiliser.
Millions of Ghanaians rely on private commercial transport to commute.
Critics have described Ghana’s emissions tax as premature.
The cut flowers could pay for themselves and even turn a profit.
Phosphorus and nitrogen contribute to water pollution and cause harmful algal blooms. New research shows how mats of floating flower beds can take advantage of these nutrients while cleaning the water.
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By allowing a case against local greenhouse gas emitters to go ahead, the Supreme Court of New Zealand has opened the door to a new front in climate law – one that takes tikanga Māori into account.
Scientists have found that hermit crabs are increasingly using plastic and other litter as makeshift shell homes.
Hermit crabs have been using plastic waste such as bottle tops as homes instead of empty snail shells.
You may hardly feel a raindrop, but for some tiny insects, one drop can have an intense impact.
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Microplastic pollution is a growing problem − one lab is looking at tiny insects as inspiration for how these pollutants might move through water.
Society’s wealthiest are responsible for generating climate change – but who are these people, and why are their emissions so high?
Kids jump on a trampoline as steam rises from a coal power plant in Adamsville, Ala., in 2021.
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The longest-running study of its kind reviewed death records in the path of pollution from coal-fired power plants. The numbers are staggering − but also falling fast as US coal plants close.
A front-end loader dumps road salt into a truck in Chelsea, Mass.
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Increasing awareness of the dangers ‘forever chemical’ road salts pose to our fresh water systems highlights the urgent importance of finding new approaches to de-icing our roads.
Wars are multiplying – and the damage these conflicts do isn’t just immediate. They leave long-term environmental damage
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new ‘living’ material.
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‘Living materials’ made with genetically engineered bacteria and Jell-O-like gel could make pollutants in water bodies nontoxic.
Pollution is affecting fishing in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP.
Environmental degradation of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region is causing poverty as well as food insecurity, increased crime and conflict.
Toxins from pollution are accumulating in the bodies of killer whales through the smaller fish they eat.
The accumulation of synthetic pollutants found in the blubber of killer whales is impacting the marine mammals’ health. Urgent action is needed to tackle the issue.
A team of scientists has developed a method for creating a new class of plastic materials that are potentially more recyclable than single-use plastics.
Coral impacted by excess nutrients in the Great Barrier Reef.
While the Great Barrier Reed needs nutrients to support the ecosystem, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
The preliminary global-average temperature anomaly for September is a shocking 1.7°C. These are the drivers of current record-breaking heat.
Schools have more to manage than just their educational strategies.
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For students to learn in a safe, healthy environment, school administrators must deal with a myriad of potential environmental contaminants, from allergens to cockroaches.
Every piece of sea glass has a story − but sea glass could be on the decline.
Sea glass, while an eye-catching treasure and a multimillion-dollar industry, exists because of decades of improper waste management.
A new book delves into the species that live in, on and near Melbourne’s Yarra: from the millions of humans who rely on it for water to creatures such as owls, wallabies and flying foxes.
Rongai’s rapid development has happened without services keeping pace, and the rivers have paid the price.