Electronic devices ‘need to use recycled plastic’

Electronic devices ‘need to use recycled plastic’ Plastic in waste electronics (e-waste) is an environmental time bomb that has been overlooked, say campaigners. Plastic accounts for about 20% of the 50 million tonnes of e-waste produced each year, which is expected to more than double to 110m tonnes by 2050. A UN-supported campaign is calling […]

Seeking the ‘plastic score’ of the food on our plates

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionPlastic from Almaciga Beach, on the north coast of the Canary Island of Tenerife Microplastics are found everywhere on Earth, yet we know surprisingly little about what risks they pose to living things. Scientists are now racing to investigate some of the big unanswered questions. Daniella Hodgson is digging a hole in […]

litter on deep sea corals

‘Shocking level’ of litter on deep sea corals Image copyrightNATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE Image captionA fishing net and a plastic bag were among the rubbish found in thickets of coral Rubbish has been found snagged on cold-water corals off the north coast of Scotland. Plastic bags and lost fishing nets were among the litter spotted during […]

Wildlife decline faster in Scotland than across the UK

Wildlife decline ‘faster in Scotland than across the UK’ Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionBeavers have been given protected status in Scotland in a bid to boost numbers The abundance of species in Scotland is falling at a faster rate than the UK as a whole, according to a detailed study. The State of Nature 2019 Scotland […]

Species in Wales under threat

State of Nature 2019: Hundreds of species in Wales under threat Image copyrightGERDZHIKOVImage captionThe corn bunting and turtle dove have both disappeared completely from Wales One in six species of wildlife, plants and fungi is at risk of disappearing from Wales, a major new report suggests. It blames loss of habitat due to farming and […]

Extinction risk for 270 species in Ireland

Extinction risk for 270 species in Ireland, says nature report Image copyrightBEN ANDREWImage captionThe red kite is under threat in Northern Ireland Almost 300 wildlife species are threatened with extinction on the island of Ireland, according to a new report on biodiversity. The State of Nature report covers the whole of the UK and says […]

wildlife trade higher than was thought

Global wildlife trade higher than was thought Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionA member of a Malaysian wildlife team walks past containers with seized ivory tusks before the ivory was destroyed At least one in five vertebrate species on Earth are bought and sold on the wildlife market, according to a study. Scientists from universities in the […]

UK mammals face extinction

More than a quarter of UK mammals face extinction Image copyrightPAImage captionThe Scottish wildcat is on the brink of disappearing More than a quarter of mammals are facing extinction, according to a detailed and devastating report on the state of the natural world in the UK. It also said one in seven species were threatened […]

Island reveals rising tide of plastic waste

Image copyrightPETER RYANImage captionIn the past decade, the volume of plastic water bottles from China washing ashore on Inaccessible Island has skyrocketed A remote island in the southern Atlantic Ocean has helped reveal the scale of the problem of plastic waste facing our seas. Some 75% of bottles washed ashore on Inaccessible Island, in the […]

Tsunamis linked to spread of deadly fungal disease

Image copyrightEDUCATION IMAGESImage captionThe tsunamis that followed a huge earthquake in Alaska in 1964 caused massive damage A major earthquake in Alaska in 1964 triggered tsunamis that washed ashore a deadly tropical fungus, scientists say. Researchers believe it then evolved to survive in the coasts and forest of the Pacific Northwest. More than 300 people […]