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The most plastic-polluted riverbed in the UK

Raw sewage that scientists say is “laced with microplastic” is being released into UK rivers routinely, according to a study by scientists at the University of Manchester. The researchers found that one site on the River Tame in Greater Manchester was the most plastic-polluted riverbed in the UK. Read more: Wastewater is ‘polluting rivers with […]

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Wastewater is ‘polluting rivers with microplastic’

While the water company, United Utilities, declined to be interviewed, Jo Harrison, the company’s director of environment said in a statement: “We understand that wastewater will be a contributing factor to microplastics pollution. We are involved in a wider two-year study, beginning this summer… to understand the sources and consequences of microplastics in the environment.”  […]

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Chernobyl alcohol drink seized by authorities

The social enterprise company that makes Atomik is run by scientists who work in the 4,000 square kilometre Chernobyl exclusion zone – an area abandoned after the catastrophic 1986 nuclear disaster. Their studies have included growing experimental crops to find out if grain, and other food grown in the zone, could be used to make […]

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Cutting methane gas ‘crucial for climate fight’

Prof Euan Nisbet, from the greenhouse gas group at Royal Holloway, University of London, said: “The actions it suggests, like cutting gas leaks and landfill emissions, are sensible, cost-effective and economically realistic. If fully implemented, these relatively inexpensive measures will help avoid nearly 0.3C of warming by mid-century.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56933443

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Nature ‘more important than ever during lockdown’

In a review of surveys and data on the role of nature and green spaces in the past year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said shifts in personal behaviour and corporate attitudes could mean that the UK, post-lockdown, will value and interact with nature on a much greater scale than before the pandemic. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56889322