We all know that littering is bad, but now scientists found that rubbish can actually have a positive effect on our waterways. In polluted urban rivers, invertebrates, like insects, snails
Artificial night-time lighting has widespread impacts on the natural world, according to a new paper published on 3 November in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution (1). In particular, night-time
Air pollution leads to higher rates of depression and suicide, according to a new study published on 18 December in Environmental Health Perspectives (1). Since more than 90 per cent
The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands founded by young engineer Boyan Slat, has improved its plastic-collecting device. The latest version has finally captured and retained
Plastics not only pollute oceans and land, and even animals, but new research shows microplastic contamination in the atmosphere – and indeed, the air we breathe. And microplastics are also
To date, the impacts of climate change on health have been relatively neglected in EU policy. Now, a landmark study by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) has raised
Environmental pollutants have a large impact on children’s health in Europe, according to a new study published last month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (1).
Many European rivers and canals are contaminated with pesticides, according to a new analysis slated for publication on 20 June in Science of the Total Environment, a peer-reviewed journal (1).
Despite European Union laws to protect water supplies, biodiversity and human health, a majority of Europe’s freshwater bodies fail to meet ecological and pollution standards, according to a report published
Residues of illegal drugs in Europe’s waterways are harming populations of critically endangered European eels, according to new research. Scientists in Italy found that eels placed in cocaine-polluted waters developed