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Environment - Innovation - 23.02.2022
Upcycling plastic waste into more valuable materials could make recycling pay for itself
Researchers at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies have developed a new and simple method for upcycling plastic waste at room temperature. A new and simple method for upcycling plastic waste at room temperature has been developed by a team of researchers at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath.
Materials Science - Environment - 15.02.2022
New efficiency record set for ultrathin solar cells
A team co-led by UCL researchers has substantially increased the efficiency of a new type of solar cell, potentially paving the way for its use as a low cost, environmentally friendly alternative to existing solar power technology. Standard solar cells are silicon-based, but they are bulky, expensive and energy intensive to produce.
Environment - Earth Sciences - 10.02.2022
Biodiversity is facing the repayment of debts and credits
A new method suggests that past landscape changes can cast a shadow on future bird biodiversity, leading to avian communities facing impeding species extinctions, as well as the arrival of new colonising species. The study revealed widespread extinction debts and colonisation credits in USA bird biodiversity.
Environment - Life Sciences - 02.02.2022
UK plants flowering a month earlier due to climate change
Climate change is causing plants in the UK to flower a month earlier on average, which could have profound consequences for wildlife, agriculture and gardeners. To really understand what climate change is doing to our world, we need much larger datasets that look at whole ecosystems over a long period of time Ulf Büntgen Using a citizen science database with records going back to the mid-18th century, a research team led by the University of Cambridge has found that the effects of climate change are causing plants in the UK to flower one month earlier under recent global warming.
Environment - Physics - 31.01.2022
Historic buildings could be protected from rising energy bills by solar panels
New study by the CDT in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics shows installing solar panels on Bath Abbey could save 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Installing solar panels could help historic buildings beat the rising costs of energy, according to a new study by a team of UK researchers led by the University of Bath.
Environment - 26.01.2022
Urban greening ’not a panacea’ for dealing with extreme weather
Urban greening is unlikely to provide a single fix for tackling extreme weather events brought on by climate change, scientists have suggested. A team led by researchers from Cardiff University has shown that the majority of cities around the world will not be able to reduce instances of heatwaves and flooding at the same time through the introduction of strategies such as green roofs, living walls, vegetated urban spaces and parks.
Environment - Chemistry - 25.01.2022
Novel research identifies fresh ’mixers’ in river pollution ’cocktail’
Water quality in rivers is affected by underpinning 'natural' hydrogeological and biogeochemical processes, as well as interactions between people and their environment that are accelerating stress on water resources at unprecedented rates. Pollutants can move at different speeds and accumulate in varying quantities along rivers where the mix of the complex 'cocktail' of chemicals that is making its way towards the ocean is constantly changing, a new study reveals.
Environment - 25.01.2022
Toxic ’forever chemicals’ found in otters across England and Wales - new research
A group of synthetic substances known as "forever chemicals" because of their environmental persistence have been found in otters across England and Wales. The study led by Cardiff University's Otter Project analysed historical data and found perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which have been linked to health problems in both humans and wildlife, in Eurasian otters.
Environment - 21.01.2022
Air pollution significantly reduces pollination by confusing butterflies and bees
Common air pollutants from both urban and rural environments may be reducing the pollinating abilities of insects by preventing them from sniffing out the crops and wildflowers that depend on them, new research has shown. Scientists from the University of Reading , the University of Birmingham and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology found that there were up to 70% fewer pollinators, up to 90% fewer flower visits and an overall pollination reduction of up to 31% in test plants when common ground-level air pollutants, including diesel exhaust pollutants and ozone, were present.
Computer Science - Environment - 19.01.2022
Cambridge partners with Schmidt Futures in new software engineering network
Software engineers will bridge the gap between modern science and scalable complex software at four leading universities.
Environment - Earth Sciences - 13.01.2022
Damaging microplastic particles stay trapped in rivers
Swirling river waters can trap lightweight microplastics that otherwise might be expected to float - depositing them in riverbeds where it can take up to seven years to transport them just a kilometre further towards the ocean, a new study reveals. As rivers are in near-constant motion, researchers had previously assumed that lightweight microplastics were swept rather swiftly towards the ocean and rarely interacted with riverbed sediments.
Social Sciences - Environment - 10.01.2022
Roles, responsibilities and capacities: Theorizing space, social practice, and the relational constitution of energy demand in and beyond Manchester
In a new journal article Dr Torik Holmes introduces a novel relational-space-inspired approach for exploring how cities become energy demanding sites over time. Urban energy transitions have increasingly formed a central topic of research over the past two decades. This is, in part, because 'modern urbanised societies are massively dependent on energy' - cities are understood to account for close to '75% of global carbon dioxide emissions and 75% of energy consumption'.