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Latest press releases from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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.
Greater R and I would protect businesses and our natural world
A set of four new reports identifies the range of research and innovation (R&I) needs of key UK business sectors, to enable them to measure and...
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...
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, much of which is due to private garden areas being paved...
80 per cent cut in antibiotics entering Thames is 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-...
Changing climate linked to major changes in flooding
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...
Improved sewage treatment has increased biodiversity over past 30 years
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
Online calculator shows how trees can improve air quality and cut health costs
A new interactive online tool is set to encourage tree planting initiatives across the UK. It calculates how much pollution would be removed by...
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...
High-tech study shines light on varied diet of honeybees
Results from the first year of the National Honey Monitoring Scheme, run by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, found DNA traces of more than 1,000 different plant species in total.