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Microplastics ban is ambitious but only tackles part of the problem

Alice Horton, an ecotoxicologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, looks at the context and potential implications of a proposed EU-wide ban on primary microplastics...

Once released into the environment, microplastics are practically impossible to remove. They will remain there for hundreds, if not thousands of years. A wide range of animals, including invertebrates, fish, mammals and birds will ingest plastics, either directly or indirectly by eating other organisms that have consumed them.

Preparing the ground for PARAGUAS field work

Dr France Gerard (CEH) reports on her recent visit to Boyaca, Colombia with her colleague Dr Maria Paula Escobar-Tello (Bristol University). They were meeting Colombian collaborators and local communities in preparation for the upcoming field campaigns in the páramos of Boyacá, Colombia, a key element of the UK-Colombia funded PARAGUAS project.

30 years of the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme

2019 marks the 30th year of the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme (NHMP). For the last three decades, the NHMP, run by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the British Geological Survey, has been documenting the hydrological conditions of the UK and identifying and interpreting long-term changes and variability – an essential prerequisite for the development of policies to address the impacts of global warming.

What does the Clean Air Strategy mean for ammonia?

The UK government's new Clean Air Strategy could be a turning point in cutting ammonia emissions, explains Professor Mark Sutton of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

This is the most significant document on controlling ammonia emissions that UK government has ever produced. It proposes a suite of regulations, permitting and financial support mechanisms, which, if adopted, would substantially reduce UK ammonia emissions with major expected benefits for both vulnerable ecosystems and human health.

On the track of soil carbon – along the Roman roads

The second winter fieldwork update from Dr Sabine Reinsch, as the SOC-D soil sampling team head to Surrey...

Christmas is approaching quickly – it’s the week of 26th-30th November 2018 already and we want to sample as many sites this year as possible. Though, wind, rain and snow might soon stop our efforts... However, this week we’re lucky! The Russian cold wave from last week passed and no other meteorological catastrophe is in sight (yet).

Letters from the Lakes group - Winter 2018

In this update from the CEH Lake Ecosystems Group, I’m taking a look back at some of our achievements during 2018...

Over the course of the year, the Group has continued to work on issues that are relevant to the ecological community, those charged with ecosystem management, and wider society, such as drinking water quality, potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), catchment land management, impacts of weather and climate upon lake ecosystems, and the value of freshwater ecosystems and species to society. It has definitely been a busy year!

UK Hydrological Status Update - December 2018

After a summer in which the weather and its impacts hit the headlines, with heatwave and drought conditions in many areas of the UK, it might seem that the water resources situation has recovered now that the weather has become wetter and cooler. Here we continue our blog post series updating the water situation to the end of the autumn and considering the influence of this winter on the prospects for water resources in 2019...

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