Archive for May 17th, 2017:

Remote island has ‘world’s worst’ plastic rubbish density

Image copyright The University of Tasmania Image caption Henderson Island is part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands group An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study. Henderson Island, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7

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Snail’s DNA secrets unlocked in fight against river disease

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The parasite thrives in ponds and streams Scientists have decoded the genome of a snail involved in the spread of a deadly parasitic disease. They say the information will help in the fight against schistosomiasis, an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in streams and ponds. The

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Cities need ‘hedges rather than trees’ for environment

Image copyright PA Image caption Air pollution over London’s Docklands area Hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings, research has suggested. A paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment says tall trees are good at absorbing pollution in more open areas. But hedges can trap toxins at exhaust pipe

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