Paper industry waste converted into a new source of renewable energy
Researchers are turning to very low-tech solutions in the search for new sources of renewable energy.
Study finds bees have started using plastic waste to build their hives
Urban bees have started using bits of discarded plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests, according to a new study of their behaviour.
Flood-threatened coastal regions face storm damage bill of $1 trillion
Coastal regions around the world may face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding before the end of the century, new research predicts.
Climate change to cause death rate to surge by more than 250%, Govt experts say
The number of annual excess deaths caused by hot weather in England and Wales is projected to surge by 257% by the middle of the century, as a result of climate change and population growth, according to new research.
Fight obesity with a fast-food tax to subsidise fruit & veg, study urges
Governments could slow – and even reverse – the growing epidemic of obesity by introducing taxation on the fast food industry and subsiding fruit and veg growers, according to the findings of a new study.
Study finds gardening provides the perfect exercise for children
Gardening, often considered to be an activity reserved for gown-ups, is gaining popularity with youngsters as new programmes are introduced that promote gardening's "green" benefits.
China could cut energy use by 22% through efficient building plans
China can build its way to a more energy efficient future by improving the nation's building regulations, according to a study by the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
"Natural engineering" offers a solution to UK's flood threat
Back-to-nature flood schemes which use the land's natural defences to slow river flow and reduce flooding could be a cost-effective way of tackling one of the biggest problems currently facing the UK.
Could street lights of the future be made from recycled cola bottles?
Super-sustainable lights made from recycled cola bottles will soon go on the market following an international study led by Nottingham Trent University.
Tropics release an extra 2bn tonnes of carbon in response to climate change
One degree tropical temperature rise leads to around two billion extra tonnes of carbon released per year into the atmosphere from tropical ecosystems, compared with 1960s and 70s
Suburbs responsible for 50% of household carbon footprint
US households account for 4.3 percent of the global pollution but are responsible for 20 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and many US cities are taking steps to grow urban centres in an attempt to reduce emi
Scientists warn extreme weather events will likely double in number
Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Ninos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as the planet warms.
EU biofuel policy is driving up demand faster than nature can keep up
The market demand for bees to pollinate crops to match the rising boom in biofuel production has risen fives times as fast as the number of colonies across Europe, according to research conducted by the University of Rea
Green space boosts happiness for years, new research confirms
Research has confirmed for the first time that green space does improve mental health and happiness.
Scientists use windscreen wipers to develop early flood warning system
Scientists have developed a system that can monitor the speed of car windscreen wipers to detect the intensity of rainfall and deliver an early warning flood system.