Antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels

Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered.

New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks

Two large European studies find positive associations between consumption of highly processed ("ultra-processed") foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

World’s first ‘BioSolar Leaf’ to tackle air pollution in London, UK

The technology, which is the first of its kind in the world, purifies the air through the photosynthesis of microscopic plants, removing greenhouse gases from the environment whilst generating breathable oxygen.

There’s no getting away from microplastic contamination

Wherever that plastic is ending up, we know that it's breaking down over time, disintegrating into micro particles less than 5mm in size, and some even breakdown to the nanoscale at less than one micrometer (size of bacteria).

Millions of children develop asthma due to traffic-related pollution

About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide air pollution, according to a study published today by U.S. researchers.

Tasmania's lakes among most contaminated in the world

Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining.

Hundreds of schools closed as toxic smog chokes Bangkok, Thailand

Air quality in Bangkok is hovering at unhealthy levels as the amount of PM 2.5 exceeded the safe level. Wednesday’s Air Quality Index in Bangkok was 175 at midday.

Arsenic and Lead Found in Fruit Juices in U.S.

After testing 45 popular fruit juices in U.S., the research found elevated levels of cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic (the type most harmful to health) in almost half of them.

Underground pollution in London is 30 times higher than busy roads

UK report has found that spending one hour on the London tube is more toxic than spending all day on above ground in ambient London air.

A new houseplant that can clean your home's air

Researchers at the University of Washington, U.S. have genetically modified a common houseplant to remove chloroform and benzene from the air around it.

Toxic smog reaches ‘severe, emergency levels’ in India’s New Delhi

Poisonous particulate matter known as PM 2.5 hit 500 in some parts of New Delhi, with very poor visibility in some areas. Last year, the high was 450 on Dec 23. The recommended level of PM2.5 in western countries is 25.

City in Australia collects 815 pounds of garbage using drainage nets

The Western Australian town of Kwinana installed nets on 750mm and 450mm-diameter concrete drainage pipe outlets. It was instant success.

Living with air pollution

Globally, long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and 9 out of 10 people breathe outdoor and/or indoor polluted air.

Air pollution linked to autism: study

The study of children in Shanghai found that exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) from vehicle exhausts, industrial emissions and other sources of pollution increased the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by up to 78%.

Plants ability to absorb carbon dioxide efficiently is declining

In natural systems such as grasslands and forests, the availability of nitrogen to plants is declining. With nitrogen deficiency, plants are unable to absorb the same quantity of carbon dioxide as they did previously.