The water-saving device wasting billions of litres every week

Low flush toilets often waste more water than they save due to poor engineering and confusing buttons.

By Tom Heap • bbcnews
yesterday ~5 min

Tags: environment water toilets thames-water

Climate warming is altering animals' gut microbes, which are critical to their health and survival

The effect of a warmer climate on ecosystems and large and small vertebrates is being widely studied. But warmer temperatures seem to alter the microbes that live in and on these animals and plants.

Sasha Greenspan, Research Associate, University of Alabama • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  ecology  microbiome

Sir David Attenborough breaks Jennifer Aniston's Instagram record

The broadcaster gains a million followers within five hours of joining the platform.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media environment instagram david-attenborough

MIT researchers highlight the impacts of logjams in river restoration projects

New analysis can help scientists and engineers better assess flood risk and habitat creation associated with restoration efforts.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Sept. 25, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change environment research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering

Tree rings show scale of Arctic pollution is worse than previously thought

The largest-ever study of tree rings from Norilsk in the Russian Arctic has shown that the direct and indirect effects of industrial pollution in the region

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change environment pollution ecology trees arctic

How lockdown birds sang to a different tune

It's official, bird song did sound different during lockdown, according to a scientific study.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment birds wildlife

Sir David Attenborough joins Instagram to warn 'the world is in trouble'

The broadcaster gained more than 200,000 followers within an hour of posting his first video.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 24, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment instagram david-attenborough

Wild maple trees 'in serious need of conservation'

One in five species of maple are threatened in their natural habitats, an extinction study says.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment conservation biodiversity trees botany wildlife

Plastic pollution: Washed clothing's synthetic mountain of 'fluff'

Scientists calculate how many tiny fibres our polyester and nylon garments lose in the wash.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: environment plastic-pollution

When hurricanes temporarily halt fishing, marine food webs recover quickly

Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing infrastructure of Aransas Bay and reduced fishing by 80% over the following year. This removed humans from the trophic cascade and whole food webs changed.

Joseph W. Reustle, SPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: environment fish ecology hurricane fishing food-webs research-brief marine-biology ecosystems texas cyclones gulf-coast trophic-cascade oyster-reefs

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