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Pollution

Study reveals: soap is not harmful to the environment

New study shows that soap compounds break down long before they can pose an environmental threat.

Fish in drug-tainted water see some benefits

Swedish freshwater perch have been seen to thrive in water contaminated by anti-anxiety medications. Researchers think most studies, which look solely at the negative aspects of pharmaceutical pollution, could be missing some perks for perch.

Capturing hormone mimics with particles

Not only do they represent a serious threat to our health, hormone mimics accumulate in water and pollute the environment. Now there is a way of capturing them.

Power cuts create new inequalities

Lack of energy not only harms businesses in Nepal, but also contributes to new class divides, pollution and migration to richer countries.

A call for deep ocean stewardship

Humankind needs and depends upon the world’s deep ocean – which spans more than half our planet. Yet still, the knowledge about it is poor.

Rubbish found in the deepest ocean depths

Beer cans, plastic bags and other types of human litter are scattered across the deepest seafloor.

Acid rain still affects water quality

In recent years, acid deposition has received little attention. Nevertheless, it continues to affect surface waters and aquatic organisms throughout large areas of Europe and North America.

EU cites Norway for air poor quality

Emissions of harmful atmospheric particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in Norway exceed limits stipulated by the EU Air Quality Directive.

Sea creatures are threatened by our medicines

Medication ingested by humans is taken up by algae and sea creatures. Entire ecosystems can be affected, according to a Swedish researcher.

Urgent need to phase out coal power

Coal power is one of the main causes why greenhouse gas emissions have risen at an unprecedented rate over the last 10 years. We can cut emissions using wind power, solar heat and power, highly efficient building shells and electric vehicles.