Pollution News

Capturing microplastics using acoustics

Scientists at Shinshu University, Japan, have developed a method of capturing microplastics from wastewater using specialist acoustic technologies. Scientists estimate that the amount of plastic...

COVID-19 waste: plastic pollution worsens in the wake of the pandemic

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) the Earth has been hit by a ‘tidal wave of COVID-19 waste’, including...

Mass of plastics in the Atlantic Ocean weighs around 21 million tonnes

The mass of plastics in the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 21 million tonnes, according to research conducted by the National Oceanography Centre. This figure is...

New process using bacteria and algae to help the UK military reduce waste

Biological engineers led by the University of Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, are developing a new process to help the UK military...

Environmental pollution causes 13% of deaths in Europe

According to an assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), 13% of deaths in Europe are caused by environmental pollution and chemical exposure. A...

The future of sustainable development in Denmark

The Danish Ministry for Higher Education and Science spoke to Innovation News Network’s digital editor Caitlin Magee about sustainable development in Denmark. With the agreement...

UK to launch new facility for converting plastic waste into hydrogen energy

Infrastructure development company, Peel L&P Environmental plan on building the UK’s first facility for converting plastic waste into hydrogen energy. The waste-to-energy eco-plant is to...

Innovators safely reduce water pollution using chlorine dioxide

Innovators from the University of Belgrade (UoB), Serbia, and South Ural State University (SUSU), Russia, have developed a method...

The benefits of autonomous shipping technologies

Autonomous shipping technologies have the potential to transform the trade sector by increasing sustainability and minimising vessel collision. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

New app to dramatically cut shipping emissions and fuel costs

Machine learning-based app to cut shipping emissions and fuel costs by providing captains with information on changing sea conditions. In collaboration with Shell Shipping and...

How successful are plastic removal strategies?

New study analyses the efficacy of plastic removal strategies and suggests that by 2150 only 5% of ocean plastics will be removed. Researchers at the...

Developing solutions to agricultural runoff and water contamination

Professor Bernd Lennartz from the University of Rostock investigates methods of reducing water contamination by developing solutions to agricultural runoff. Ground and surface water quality...

Pollution

Pollution can be simply defined as the contamination of an environment. The term pollution encompasses everything from plastic in our oceans to excess CO2 in our atmosphere to unnatural light. Not only does pollution harm the health and wellbeing of mammals, but it can also destroy plant life.

Foreign, polluting substances disturb the natural harmony of the Earth’s ecosystems, destroying habitats, contaminating drinking water and eliminating food sources.