London - June 19 2018: Volunteers cleaning the southern shores of the Thames from waste during low tide.
It's not just the ocean we need to worry about – plastic is accumulating in the world's rivers, too.
As extreme weather events, like Hurricane Florence, become more common it is time to ask what it will take for the world to finally tackle climate change. Encouragingly, there may be a historical precedent: Victoria London’s handling of the ‘Great Stink’, where growth had turned the River Thames into an open sewer.
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As climate extremes mount, let's reflect on Victorian London's 'Great Stink' sewage crisis - when things finally became so bad authorities were forced to accept evidence, reject sceptics, and act.
Climate change plus population growth means the city has to act soon.
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Although some experts still disagree about the cause of Prince Albert's untimely demise, the most likely culprit seems to be the bacterium Salmonella typhi.
The Thames whale: a rather lost northern bottlenose.
It didn't turn out well for the whale who went to Westminster, but others have made a happy home in British waters.
The people’s water?
London’s Victorian sewerage system is creaking and in dire need of renewal. The proposed solution: a 25km “super-sewer”, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, running from west to east across the capital at an estimated…
Definitely no entry.
The flooding of the Thames and Severn rivers over the past week has brought the misery of being flooded to many more people beyond the sodden Somerset Levels. Such a prolonged period of rainfall – the…