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  • Spatial Assessment and Ranking Of Relevant Environmental Contaminants

    Spatial Assessment and Ranking Of Relevant Environmental Contaminants

    A risk-based tool built using multi-criteria decision analysis has been developed to rank environmental contaminants, giving each a level of concern. It can be used by decisionmakers to prioritise areas for further assessments, based on expected ...

  • PM2.5 air pollution strongly linked to increased  risk of heart attacks

    PM2.5 air pollution strongly linked to increased risk of heart attacks

    Long-term exposure to particulate matter pollution is strongly linked with heart attacks and angina, a new European study of over 100 000 people has shown. The results indicate that this association exists at levels below current European limits, ...

  • Composting green waste saves as much CO2 as energy recovery

    Composting green waste saves as much CO2 as energy recovery

    Recycling green waste as compost could match the environmental benefits of converting it into renewable energy, in terms of CO2 savings, according to new German research. It suggests that the two forms of waste management should be seen as ...

  • Using bacteria to self-heal cracks in concrete

    Using bacteria to self-heal cracks in concrete

    Some types of bacteria show the potential to act as self-healing agents in concrete, according to a recent study. This could make the construction material more durable and therefore more sustainable. Typically, concrete consists of 300kg of ...

  • Best options for disposing construction waste

    Best options for disposing construction waste

    A recent study investigated the environmental impact of the disposal of construction waste in Catalonia, Spain. The study suggests that the best options are to recycle construction waste where possible, incinerate the rest and landfill when there is ...

  • Coastal structures change marine ecosystems

    Coastal structures change marine ecosystems

    The urbanisation of coastal areas and introduction of man-made structures, such as jetties and seawalls, are changing marine environments. A new analysis highlights the impacts of these changes on marine plants and animals and suggests options to ...

  • Pesticide can turn male frogs into females

    Pesticide can turn male frogs into females

    Atrazine, a herbicide used globally but banned in the EU, can cause chemical castration and complete feminisation in adult male frogs, according to a recent study. The researchers suggest atrazine could contribute to the global decline of ...

  • Air quality co-benefits should be considered in climate policies

    Air quality co-benefits should be considered in climate policies

    Measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have the additional benefit of reducing air pollutants. However, these benefits are rarely included in the design and evaluation of climate change policies. A new study suggests that considering ...

  • New method to accurately estimate levels of urban noise

    New method to accurately estimate levels of urban noise

    New research has identified 25 variables that influence noise in urban areas. By combining these into an equation, the study produced an accurate tool to describe urban sound environments that could be useful in urban planning. Environmental noise, ...

  • Reforming subsidies that harm the environment

    Reforming subsidies that harm the environment

    Subsidies support economic sectors and grant advantages to consumers, but can harm the environment. A new study has tested a number of existing tools for assessing environmentally harmful subsidies (EHS), developed a comprehensive methodology for ...

  • Lessons from Gothenburg on setting air pollution ceilings

    Lessons from Gothenburg on setting air pollution ceilings

    The 2010 deadline for the Gothenburg Protocol ceilings for transboundary air pollutants is fast approaching and new ceilings may soon be set for 2020. Recent research indicates that, although the ceilings have been effective, they could benefit from ...

  • Planning green space networks for urban biodiversity

    Planning green space networks for urban biodiversity

    Sustainable urban planning recognises the importance of green space networks to conserve biodiversity. A recent study in China has assessed whether a development plan for Jinan City improves the city`s urban green networks. An essential part of ...

  • Disused quarries could provide valuable habitat if restored naturally

    Disused quarries could provide valuable habitat if restored naturally

    Old mining sites, such as quarries or pits, could provide refuges for endangered species, according to new research from the Czech Republic. Benefits are greater if the sites are allowed to recover naturally rather than being artificially restored ...

  • Economic benefits from reducing mercury emissions

    Economic benefits from reducing mercury emissions

    Large benefits can be achieved for society by reducing global emissions of mercury. Global savings of US$1.8-2.2 billion (€1.3-1.6 billion) can be made by reducing damage to IQ alone, according to recent research. Mercury emitted to the atmosphere ...

  • Fine particles trap more heat in atmosphere than previously thought

    Fine particles trap more heat in atmosphere than previously thought

    Fine particles in the air produced by road transport trap more radiation in the earth`s atmosphere than previously estimated, and therefore may contribute more to global warming than realised, according to new research. In contrast, the impact of ...

  • Managing the impact of drugs in the European environment

    Managing the impact of drugs in the European environment

    A recent report raises awareness of the impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment. Experts from science, industry and the state sector have drawn up a series of proposals for actions that need to be taken at the European level to increase ...

  • Identifying sources of metallic pollution to implement the WFD

    Identifying sources of metallic pollution to implement the WFD

    A new study has indicated that metallic pollutants in river basins have more sources than other dangerous substances. Sources include stormwater, industrial effluents, treated effluents, agricultural drainage, sediments, mining drainage and ...

  • Health impacts of air pollution need better communication

    Health impacts of air pollution need better communication

    Reductions in air pollution in European cities significantly reduce the number of premature deaths, according to researchers. However, these results need to be communicated effectively to policy makers in order to have an impact. One of the four ...

  • Beach structure explains persistence of 1989 oil spill

    Beach structure explains persistence of 1989 oil spill

    In 1989 a large oil tanker famously ran aground off the Alaskan coast, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the waters of the Prince William Sound. Over 20 years later oil still contaminates some of the nearby gravel beaches. A recent study ...

  • What is the best `school run` for the environment?

    What is the best `school run` for the environment?

    New research indicates that educational policies can affect the environmental, health and financial impacts of school commuting. It found that the most effective school-enrolment policy for reducing traffic emissions is to send children to the ...