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80 per cent cut in antibiotics entering Thames needed to avoid surge in superbugs

The amount of antibiotics entering the River Thames would need to be cut by as much as 80 per cent to avoid the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’, a new study has shown. The research led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology found that across three-quarters of the River Thames catchment, the antibiotics present, due to effluent discharge, were likely to be at levels high enough for antibiotic resistant bacteria to develop.


Changing climate linked to major changes in flooding across Europe

The impact of a changing climate on the severity of flooding has been demonstrated in the largest-scale study of its kind – with parts of northern Britain seeing the largest increase in Europe. The multinational study, which included the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, looked at river flow data from thousands of locations over a 50-year period and found that flood events are becoming increasingly severe in north-western Europe, including the UK, but decreasing in severity in southern and Eastern Europe.


Increased biodiversity linked to improved sewage treatment

A higher standard of wastewater treatment in the UK has been linked to substantial improvements in a river’s biodiversity over the past 30 years. The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology analysed data from the regular monitoring of both chemicals and invertebrates in the River Ray in Wiltshire between 1977 and 2016.


CEH research helps inform Welsh Government’s sustainable farming consultation

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has made a major contribution to the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation through the Environment & Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme (ERAMMP).


Parasites hinder female seabirds’ reproductive success

A study by the University of Liverpool and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has found that parasites reduced female seabirds’...


Online calculator shows how trees improve air quality and reduce health costs

A new online tool by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and environmental economics consultancy eftec calculates how much pollution (PM2.5) would be removed by planting trees in local areas, as well as the corresponding public health cost savings.


Insight into how puffins catch food outside breeding season

A study by the University of Liverpool and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has gained new insight into feeding habits of puffins, guillemots and razorbills outside the breeding season.


Investing in nature could boost UK economy

A new report , which explores land use options post-Brexit, suggests that increasing the area of semi-natural habitats could increase economic growth...


Significant UK air quality improvements over past 40 years cut death rates

Policies to improve air quality in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in pollution and associated mortality rates, a...


Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform visits Auchencorth Moss

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, visited Auchencorth Moss atmospheric...