Category Archives: The Environment

Seafood offers up a mouthful of man-made garbage

Public opinion is divided when it comes to the pleasure of eating oysters and other sea creatures that stare boldly back at you while you eat them. Like Marmite®, you either love it or you hate it. Now, researchers at … Continue reading

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Kiss Me Under the Parasitic Angiosperm

Mistletoe is held in high regard at this time of year. No Christmas decorations are complete without a garland of cheerful mistletoe hanging on the door, or suspended prettily from the rafters as an incentive for festive romance. In nature, … Continue reading

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Plastic bags responsible for outrageous lack of cute pink piglets

Most of us now subscribe to the idea that plastic bags are bad for the environment. Hence, droves of people turn up at their local supermarket with a sturdy jute bag in tow. Now, there’s evidence that the items that … Continue reading

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Watching it Burn: Soil Microbes vs. Wildfires

Wildfires can devastate ecosystems across the world. In 2012, over 67,000 wildfires raced across more than 9 million acres of land in the US alone. Fuelled by wind and parched vegetation, wildfires burn through everything in their path: plants don’t … Continue reading

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Bright Night Lights: Tracking Light Pollution from Space

The creep and sprawl of artificial urban lighting is probably the most pervasive technological innovation of the 20th century. Keeping track of how artificial light is changing Europe’s nightscape is important, since more light is typically associated with greater economic … Continue reading

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