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Shrimp on cocaine – what’s the big deal?

The environment is facing a seemingly endless number of problems. From climate change to extinction-level biodiversity losses, the spread of antibiotic resistance, harmful algal blooms, and pollution from multiple chemicals, to name just a few. The consequences and impacts of these issues are far-reaching for... click to read more

  • Thomas Miller | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, King's College London, London, UK
Views 1157
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 23, 2020
Seal poo unravels the microplastic journey through marine food webs

Plastic pollution is now one of the most widespread and significant threats facing our oceans. Microplastics (pieces less than 5 mm in size), in particular, have been in the spotlight for a number of reasons. Firstly, there's so many of them! Microplastics come from a... click to read more

  • Sarah Nelms | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Views 5271
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 8, 2018
Consumed to death: bacteria cause their own extinction by over-polluting the environment

Living means consuming resources, we buy food to get fed, clothes to stay warm and burn oil and coal to have energy. Where things are consumed waste is produced. However, this waste does not simply disappear but mountains of trash form, plastic covers the ocean... click to read more

  • Christoph Ratzke | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Physics of Living Systems, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Jonas Denk | PhD student at Arnold-Sommerfeld-Center for Theoretical Physics and Center for NanoScience, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
Views 3379
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Sep 11, 2018
Nitrogen pollution from lowlands reaches distant mountain lakes

Nitrogen is required by all living things, but too much of it can be a problem for aquatic ecosystems. Excess reactive nitrogen (nitrate and ammonium, forms that can be used directly by plants and algae) can cause lake eutrophication which can include harmful algal blooms,... click to read more

  • Beth Hundey | Adjunct Research Professor & eLearning specialist at Teaching Support Centre, Western University, London, Canada
  • Katrina Moser | Associate Professor at Department of Geography at Western University, London, Canada
  • Fred Longstaffe | Distinguished Professor at Department of Earth Science, Western University, London, Canada
Views 2734
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 21, 2016