Work begins on UK system for estimating COVID-19 cases from wastewater
Scientists will develop a standardised UK-wide system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, in order to provide an early warning of future outbreaks and reduce reliance on costly testing of large...
Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species
In a new study, scientists from around the world warn that the threats posed by invasive alien species are increasing. They say that urgent action is required in order to prevent, detect, and control...
Scientists predict increase in harmful blue-green algae this year
The UK’s exceptionally warm spring may lead to an increase in blue-green algal blooms, say ecologists from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).Blue-green algae can occur naturally in lakes...
AI system could identify roadside invasive species
Invasive plant species like Japanese knotweed cause damage across the UK, but finding them and tracking their growth can be time-consuming and expensive, especially along roads and railways.Now...
Free online tool will enable farmers to deliver environmental benefits
A free web-based support tool will enable farmers to deliver environmental improvements and potentially attract payments for providing ‘public money for public goods’ under the new agri-environment...
London’s CO2 emissions cut by almost 60% during lockdown
A new comprehensive analysis has revealed carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in London have reduced by almost 60 per cent during the COVID-19 lockdown.Previous analyses of CO2 emission reductions have...
World-first system forecasts warming of lakes globally
A groundbreaking study will enable scientists to better predict future warming of the world’s lakes due to climate change, and the potential threat to cold-water species such as salmon and trout...
Assessing risk of chemicals to wildlife is huge challenge that requires a new approach
Computer modelling and long-term ecological monitoring will be essential to assess the environmental risks of the rapidly growing number of chemicals across the world, according to a new review paper...
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 shows.
We must wake up to devastating impact of nitrogen, say scientists
More than 190 top international scientists are calling on the world to take urgent action on nitrogen pollution, to tackle the widespread harm it is causing to humans, wildlife and the planet.