Pollution News

Thawing permafrost has a vast impact on built environment

The melting of permafrost is revealed to be causing threats to both existing infrastructures and residents in high-risk areas. Permafrost plays a central role in...

Scientists reveal treatment to remove micro-pollutants from water

Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed a procedure involving high-intensity pulses of light that can successfully remove carbon...

Sea anemone’s survival rates drop drastically amid current marsh pollution

New research conducted by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), reveals that sea anemone Nematostella’s growth, development, and feeding ability are drastically impacted by present...

Machines developed that can separate 12 different types of plastic

Scientists have created technology to tell the difference between 12 different types of plastic and to separate them according to chemical composition. Different types of...

Scientists develop food packaging that is both smart and sustainable

A team from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have developed a food packaging that that is biodegradable,...

Recycled factory heat can benefit industries in sustainability movement

EU funded research is analysing recycled factory heat to create novel systems that recover waste heat and return it for reuse in industrial process...

Radical action must be taken to achieve net zero emissions by 2050

Experts in the BMJ argue that radical action must quickly be taken to change unsustainable and unhealthy behaviours to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

European Commission takes steps to combat environmental crime 

The European Commission has proposed to strengthen the protection of the environment and combat environmental crime through criminal law.  The...

Enzymes that degrade plastics are increasing pollution rates

A study finds that the number of microbial enzymes with the ability to degrade plastic is growing in correlation with local levels of plastic...

Decreasing air pollution linked to significant drop in deaths

Researchers have investigated the link between decreasing vehicle emissions and deaths attributable to air pollution.  The study  Using recent national emissions data, researchers from Harvard Chan...

Measuring the European bioeconomy for the green energy transition

Why closing the data gaps in the European bioeconomy through good data collection is the key to a greener Europe. Key initiatives such as the...

Zero emission flight possible with liquid hydrogen plane

The UK government has unveiled novel plans a new liquid hydrogen plane, which could facilitate for zero emission flight.

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.