New enzyme nibbles on nasty plastic waste

The modified enzyme PETase can start breaking down PET plastic in just a few days

Volkswagen to buy back diesel vehicles if Germany imposes ban

The German Guarantee will apply to the purchase of a new or a year-old car with a diesel engine from a Volkswagen dealership from 1st April throughout 2018

Anglian Water pays £50,000 for polluting watercourse

The company is donating the money to environmental charity Wildlife Trust in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Government considers Bristol’s air pollution

Bristol is one of 27 UK cities with air pollution judged to be above legal levels

Agreement to make Africa pollution-free reaffirmed

A number of parties have reaffirmed their commitment to make Africa a pollution-free continent through the Bamako Convention. More than 35 countries, experts, private sector groups, civil society organisations and regional economic bodies participated in the three-day Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention earlier this month. They committed to secure the total ban […]

Environment Agency: Water pollution penalties must be tougher

The Environment Agency has called for tougher penalties to be introduced for those guilty of water pollution. Although the number of serious incidents has fallen by almost two-thirds since 2001, more than 300 damaging leaks still occurred across the UK in 2016. The organisation says agriculture is the sector most responsible for water pollution and […]

Germany considers free public transport for clean air

Germany is considering making all public transport free in cities suffering from air pollution. That’s according to a letter reportedly seen by Reuters, which was sent by German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt and Chancellery Chief Peter Altmaier to the European Commission. The proposals come in response to recent promises from the […]

Cheers to sustainability with biodegradable beer packaging

  A company has invented edible and biodegradable six-pack holders for beer cans. E6PR, which is short for ‘eco six-pack ring’, has developed the green packaging to reduce pollution in the oceans and avoid animals being harmed by trying to eat plastic or being strangled by it. The new holder, made from wheat and barley […]

German car manufacturers accused of emissions testing on living monkeys

A number of German car manufacturers reportedly funded tests forcing monkeys to breathe toxic diesel fumes in 2014. According to the New York Times, Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW funded research conducted by testing group EUGT, which saw 10 caged monkeys made to breathe the exhaust from a VW Beetle while watching cartoons. Around 25 healthy […]

Wetlands ‘can cut damage from fertilisers’

Wetland areas are highly effective at reducing harmful excess nitrate levels in rivers and streams. That’s according to researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US, which say swamps, bogs and deltas can be up to five times better at reducing nitrate than the best land-based mitigation strategies. Excess nitrate from agricultural […]