cars
Health Experts Want Petrol and Diesel Cars Off Sale by 2030

A super-hero troupe consisting of members of many of the UK's highest medical professions has waded into the air pollution debate, with this bunch of surgical-mask-wearing vigilantes demanding that the deadline to end sales of petrol and diesel cars is brought forward to 2030. Read More >>

plastic
You Might Soon Have to Get Straws from a Pharmacy

Britain's Gurner-In-Chief Michael Gove has announced that plastic items including cotton buds, straws and stirrers may be banned in England (only) within a year. Read More >>

science
Mass Die-Off of Orcas Feared Due to Chemicals Banned in the ’70s

A group of industrial chemicals humans started banning decades ago could cause many of the world’s orca whale populations to collapse over the next century, an alarming new study has found. Read More >>

environment
Polluted Air Linked to Higher Likelihood of Dementia

British researchers trying to isolate potential triggers for dementia have discovered a grim connection between living in the country's most polluted spots and developing the condition, with people who breathe in the dirtiest air pockets seeing their risk of dementia rising by 40 per cent. Read More >>

cars
A Few London Roads Live the No Petrol Engines Dream

A handful of streets in London are about to get slightly less grimy and stinky, thanks to two local green-leaning councils banning petrol and diesel-engined vehicles entirely. Read More >>

environment
Engineers Develop Quieter Massive Sea Hammer to Protect Fish Ears

Apparently marine noise pollution is a thing nowadays, because us humans need to always be smashing something into somewhere it don't belong, even at the bottom of the sea. This disturbs sea life, causing seahorses to bolt and fish to swim away to somewhere nicer, like the Faroe Islands. Hence a new generation of more sensitive massive undersea hammer is required. Read More >>

food
Wow, Spain Sure Has a Lot of Pigs

There are now enough pigs in Spain that technically everyone could have one, and there’d be pigs to spare. Per the Guardian, Spanish environmental ministry figures reveal that the country now has 50 million oinking piggies, which is about 3.5 million more than the number of humans. That’s the first recorded time the nation has had more pigs than people. Read More >>

science
Earth Has Many More Rivers and Streams Than We Thought, New Satellite Study Finds

Rivers and streams cover much more of the planet than geologists previously estimated, according to a new study published in Science. In total, this new estimate shows that, excluding land with glaciers, Earth is covered by just under 300,000 square miles (773,000 square kilometres) of rivers and streams. That’s more square footage than the state of Texas, and it’s as much as 44 percent higher than previous counts. Read More >>

plastic
A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban

The first paper straw factory in the “last several decades” in Britain is planning to launch in Wales as fast-food chains prepare for a planned ban on single-use plastic products throughout the UK, the Guardian reported, with some chains already preparing their own plans to phase out plastic in favour of paper. Read More >>

environment
Smart Traffic Lights That Tell Drivers to Speed Up are Being Tested

People staring at traffic lights have had an idea on how to make money from calling them "smart" -- give the things networked indicators that tell drivers how fast they need to go to hit the next set of lights when they turn green. This could speed people through cities without requiring so much braking and accelerating, reducing congestion and taking numerous small exhaust particles out of the sky. Read More >>

environment
McDonald’s Told to Stop Filling the Sea With its Balloons

Activists are currently being active in the direction of McDonald's again, as despite the food chain's best efforts to reduce plastic waste and appear to be a good guy there's another front upon which war is being raged -- free balloons for children. Read More >>

science
Your Coworker’s Outdoor Smoke Break Could Still Contaminate Your Cubicle, Study Finds

Smoking has been banned in public indoor spaces for years now — and for the better — but that doesn’t necessarily mean non-smokers are free from toxic cigarette chemicals. New research published Wednesday in Science Advances suggests that not only can the chemical residue left behind by cigarette smoking find its way into “smoke-free” buildings, but it can then attach itself to aerosol particles suspended in the air that are easily inhaled by our lungs. Read More >>

environment
Port Talbot Twinned With Marseille as Europe’s Most Polluted Towns

The World Health Organisation is doing its bit to stop people ever going to Wales, by declaring Port Talbot one of the most polluted towns in the world. It ties with Marseille, Singapore and Ecuador's Quito to claim levels of fine particle emissions that exceed guidelines. Read More >>

science
Mutated Plastic-Munching Enzyme Accidentally Created During Lab Experiment

A couple of years ago, scientists discovered an enzyme in a waste recycling centre in Japan that digests plastic. During a recent experiment to understand how this enzyme works, scientists accidentally created a mutated version that breaks down plastic even better than the one found in nature. The discovery could go a long way in reducing plastic waste, particularly from water bottles. Read More >>

environment
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Crap Inside It Than We Thought

For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating rubbish, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys suggested—like, a lot more. And it’s still growing. Read More >>