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High microplastic levels in soil can halve worm fertility

Microplastics in soil may not affect worms’ survival, but at high concentrations they can reduce fertility by up to 50 percent, new research by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology shows.


We must wake up to devastating impact of nitrogen, say scientists

More than 190 top international scientists, led by Professor Mark Sutton of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), are calling on the world to take urgent action on nitrogen pollution. They have written an open letter to António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations,


Urbanisation costs Edinburgh over 11 hectares of green land each year

Edinburgh is losing the equivalent of around 15 football pitches of green land each year due to urbanisation, according to a new report by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Much of this is due to private garden areas being paved over or built on


Anniversary event focuses on benefits and challenges of phosphorus

A panel discussion and symposium have been held to mark the 350th anniversary of the discovery of phosphorus at Lancaster. The events were organised jointly by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Lancaster Environment Centre and N8AgriFood.


CEH analysis informs extensive health check on UK wildlife

A new report provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the status of the UK’s wildlife. The State of Nature 2019 report has been produced...


Non-native ruffe found in Windermere for the first time

Scientists have made the first conclusive sighting of ruffe in Windermere - a fish species previously unrecorded in the lake but whose presence had...


Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will become independent on 1 December 2019

We are pleased to announce that the UK’s Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and HM Treasury have approved the case for the...


Leading environmental data centre receives international accolade

The Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC), hosted by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has received the CoreTrustSeal accreditation by the World Data Systems (WDS) and Data Seal of Approval (DSA) repository certification bodies.


Pioneering study into microplastic levels in UK water supplies

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has carried out sampling at a total of 16 different water company premises across the UK in order to assess how much of the microplastic material was removed by treatment plants. It was commissioned to do the study by UKWIR.


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.