Thursday, June 20, 2019

Environment & Sustainability News

SciTech Europa brings you the latest Environment & Sustainability News from across the field of European Science & Technology Research, Development and Innovation.

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How do environmental toxins affect sexual development and fertility?

Environmental toxins such as pesticides affect sexual development and fertility by altering brain development. Researchers have assessed the potential generational impact of environmental toxins such as...
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Does the Horseshoe Abyssal Plain represent the start of a new subduction zone?

A team of geologists at the European Geosciences Union meeting suggested that the Horseshoe Abyssal Plain may represent the start of a new subduction...
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Should we rethink the definition of endangered species to save Asian elephants?

Today is Endangered Species Day, and new research shows that conservation decisions based on population counts may fail to protect Asian elephants and other...
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Plastic pollution at sea: how does our plastic waste arrive in the ocean and...

The Tara Ocean Foundation and EMBL have launched the exploration of ten European rivers to investigate the origin of plastic waste, which is causing...
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How organic animal farms increase the numbers of birds in agricultural environments

The proximity of organic animal farms has increased the numbers of birds in agricultural environments, a study in Finland found. The University of Helsinki study analysed...
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The economic and environmental benefits of eco friendly flood schemes

University of Stirling is leading a project to explore the economic and environmental benefits of eco friendly flood schemes. The £467,000 project will study eco...
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Green chemistry: how ECHA can help European industry to use safer chemicals

Bjorn Hansen, the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), spoke to SciTech Europa about how the agency is working to help European...
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Recycled phosphorus fertilizer could be made from dairy wastewater and aluminium water treatment residue

Researchers are working on a method to make phosphorus fertilizer from dairy wastewater, to combat a potential future phosphorus shortage. Plants require nutrients, particularly nitrogen and...
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Smart Villages and transition: climate change action as a driver for community-led innovation

Eamon O’Hara, Executive Director of ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, discusses climate action as a driver for...
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Renewable energy research: the new potassium-oxygen battery for clean energy storage

A more efficient and reliable potassium-oxygen battery for clean energy storage has been built. Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a...

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