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Japanese scientists have created an enzyme that eats away at plastic bottle waste

Could this spell the end of plastic bottle waste?

Japanese scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that eats away at plastic bottles, it has been revealed. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.[Read More...]

California drinking water contaminated with gallons of toxic waste

California drinking water contaminated with gallons of toxic waste

Tonnes of radioactive and toxic waste has been dumped into central California drinking-water by fracking companies, it has been revealed. Some 3 billion gallons of wastewater has been reported to have been deposited into drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination. The Center for Biological Diversity, the California State Water Resources[Read More...]

National parks opened up to fracking

National parks opened up to fracking

National parks and other areas of natural beauty could be opened up for fracking, it has been announced. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that these conservation areas along with urban commons and cities across the UK are to be opened up for fracking and other forms of oil and gas exploration, despite widespread opposition to[Read More...]

‘Dirty water can make you violent’ study shows

‘Dirty water can make you violent’ study shows

Violent crime has often been attributed to many causes in the UK. However a number of studies have helped to highlight the link between the pollution in our water and increasing levels of violent crime. Excessive amounts of lead in the water and the air has been cited as one of the leading factors in crimes such as robbery, rape[Read More...]

Smog has been reported in some areas of London

London smog contributing to health problems and death in the city

Much has been reported about the smog that is negatively impacting the health of millions of people in China. However, the problem has also been seen in London. A recent study has revealed that London is currently experiencing ‘very high’ air pollution levels, reaching ’10′ on the government’s score of 1-10. This has been caused by a combination of high[Read More...]