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Study confirms micro-algae’s cleaning ability in wastewater treatment

Environmental engineers have discovered that Chlorella vulgaris, a single-celled fresh water algae species, effectively removes pollutants from wastewater even at fluctuating levels, making it an effective tool for wastewater treatment. The study, published recently in Water Environment Research, indicates that Chlorella vulgaris continues to remove harmful elements like nitrogen and ...
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Romeo, ‘world’s loneliest frog’, finally finds a partner

He may be named after one of literature’s most famous lovers, but one lonely frog has spent more than a decade searching for romance.  Now love may be around the corner for Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog who has spent the past 10 years as a bachelor and was feared the last of his species. Following an appeal which saw a profile set up for the single amphibian and raised 25,000 US dolla...
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Scented candles polluting our air and damaging health says UCC professor

SCENTED candles are a danger and should be avoided, a Cork Chemistry professor has said.  Professor John Sodeau of the Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry at UCC said that while the public may be used to hearing about outdoor air pollution from diesel exhausts and chimneys less is known about indoor threats.  “The public knows much less about indoor sources of air pollution even though ...
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No-deal Brexit would have an immediate effect on the environment

Environmental experts have called on MPs to rule out 'no-deal' after Theresa May faced a crushing defeat on her Brexit deal yesterday evening.  The House of Commons voted by 432 to 202 to reject the deal, representing the largest defeat for a sitting Government in history. The PM now faces a vote of no confidence in Parliament tomorrow, which could trigger a general election, although May is expec...
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More action needed to tackle mixtures of chemicals in Europe’s waters

Despite successes in addressing some of the most hazardous chemicals, more attention is needed to address the danger posed by the 'cocktail effect' of lower concentrations of chemicals in European lakes, rivers and other surface water bodies, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report released today. Europe-wide action to prevent and reduce some of the most hazardous chemicals from...
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With the environment in mind, a UK company says 40% of its new dog food consists of flies

Unless you're living under a rock, you should be aware of the problems around environmental sustainability – and potential solutions like recycling and reducing our use of plastic. The production and consumption of meat has one of the greatest effects on the environment, which includes the animal protein you feed your pet. According to a BBC report, in an effort to address the problem, a pet...
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Thailand seeks to make it rain as air pollution chokes Bangkok

Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the blanket of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks.  The weather modification technique involves dispersing chemicals into the air to aid cloud condensation, which should in theory result in rain. "The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation ... expects the rainmaking to be don...
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Friends of the Earth warns Government over carbon tax

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government to include the carbon tax in a series of decarbonisation measures rather than increasing it as a stand-alone policy.  The organisation is urging the Government to take the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people. The call comes as Fine Gael party meets on Monday to review a range of option...
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New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, UK government claims

The UK government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends. Farmers will be subject to such air quality regulations for the first time to cut their growing contribution to pollution, under the government plans set out on Monday, while dies...
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