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Burn or bury

Image copyright PA Should we burn waste plastic – or bury it? Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge. How can it recycle more of its own waste? And should it bury or burn the low-grade waste that it can’t recycle? We’re trying […]

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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Image copyright Paul Kenrick Image caption Early plants would have looked much like this lava field in Iceland A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to […]

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Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Image copyright BBC BLUE PLANET II Image caption The issue in the UK has fired to the top of the political agenda following the BBC’s Blue Planet II series The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say. They have been urging for a new global treaty to […]

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Pollution blights UK seagrass meadows

Image copyright R.UNSWORTH Image caption Shutting out the light: Algae attach themselves to the leaves of seagrass plants Pollution is having a damaging impact on UK seagrass meadow health, a new study has found. Scientists based in Wales have shown that excessive amounts of nitrogen present in sewage and livestock waste is finding its way […]

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'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years

Image copyright Serge Wich Image caption Bornean orangutans’ forest habitat is changing at an “unsustainable rate” More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”. Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and […]