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Microplastics: under the sea

Microplastics

The seminal 2018 report done by researchers at the University of Manchester revealed that the UK’s rivers are heavily contaminated with microplastics, which are very small pieces of plastic debris including microbeads, microfibres and plastic fragments which enter river systems from sources like industrial waste, storm water drains and domestic wastewater. However, recent research shows …

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A breath of fresh air… literally

Climate change during Covid-19

Ever since the pandemic emerged there has been endless grief, suffering and tragedies. Despite this being the case, Covid-19 has had a contrasting impact on the environment, specifically when looking at how the social changes caused by the pandemic has led to its revitalization, and the positive effects of climate change.  When lockdown first began …

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China’s manufacturing exports: carbon emissions and consumption

carbon emissions

Our current world is filled with uncertainty. The global arena has recently been shaken, all walks of life have been impacted, businesses have been driven to the ground and patterns of behaviour have changed. Or have they? By evaluating China’s carbon emissions since February, it seems that consumer habits remain potent. One constant has remained …

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The disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on black people

Recently, the news and social media have reignited with fury in response to the ongoing prevalence of racism, police brutality and the murders of innocent black people wherein justice is not being served. I’ve found the news heart-breaking, as I’m sure many of you have too. It’s triggered self-reflection, conversations with my family and friends …

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Whoever said ‘may you live in interesting times’, please take it back.

people, alone, girl

I think I’d like to live in ‘boring’ times now. Despite the rise of misinformation, in itself another symptom of our interesting times, it is fair to say there is a lot happening in the world right now. Like, a lot a lot. With the global coronavirus pandemic, and the east african swarms of locusts …

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Water: the tide is turning with the climate crisis

water, water pipes, drinking water

It is easy to think we have an accessible and unlimited abundance of water when you live in a country where supermarkets stock endless bottles of it, your taps run water freely both day and night, and water scarcity is rarely mentioned in the mainstream news. However, the Earth’s available water supply is depleting, and …

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Veganuary: paving the way for a more sustainable future?

vegetable skewer, vegetables, grilled vegetables

What is Veganuary?As we begin a new year many people around the world partake in the tradition of making new year’s resolutions; things they wish to change, challenges they want to undertake and personal goals to strive to achieve. For several years now there have been many January ‘trends’, with the most popular being termed …

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