Pollution News

Lowering CO2 emissions through the use of a new perovskite catalyst

The development of a novel perovskite catalyst may potentially pioneer new technology in the battle against C02 emissions.

Citrus peel offers alternative route to bio-based PEF-plastics

Sari Rautiainen, Senior Scientist at VTT, proposes a new circular approach to PEF plastics: from citrus peel to plastic bottles.

Living in proximity to superfund sites may lower life expectancy

New research suggests that residing in close proximity to a hazardous waste or superfund site may lower life expectancy by a year.

Using technology to identify sources of plastic in the ocean

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology are working to create a model that will tackle the problem of plastic in the ocean, showing where it collects and where it comes from.

Saving our rivers from oil with River Cleaning

Oil spills can have a devastating impact on the environment, River Cleaning hopes to keep these disasters at bay with its technology.

Protecting Amazon forests to alleviate effects of climate change

A new study led by the University of Bristol highlights the necessity of better protection for Amazon forests to alleviate effects of climate change. 

New mobile air quality research laboratories to study UK pollution

Mobile air quality research laboratories will help experts to analyse how air pollution is formed and what impact it has on the environment.

Oil spills quickly photooxidise and produce tar in the ocean

Researchers studying the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have found that the oil photooxidises and forms tar in the nearby coastal areas.

Converting carbon dioxide into methane using light energy

KAUST scientists have developed catalyst nanoparticles that use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into methane.

Renewing urban water quality

Dr Thomas Shahady from the University of Lynchburg outlines how challenges facing urban water quality can be addressed through a more holistic approach. The water...

Finnish researchers conduct temporal monitoring of microplastics in sediment

A team of Finnish researchers has developed a new method for the temporal monitoring of microplastics in sediment.

Plastic use in Spain’s greenhouse industry has polluted local seagrass beds

Plastic production in Spain has led to microplastics leaking into the surrounding environment, polluting the Mediterranean seagrass beds.


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.