‘Super plant’ eats excessive polluted air

Cotoneaster franchetii is at least 20% more effective at soaking up pollution, the Royal Horticultural Society says

Government bans peat burning on protected bogs

The burning of vegetation will be banned in sites of ‘special scientific interest’, in ‘conservation’ and ‘special protection’ areas

US announces $14.5m for offshore wind environmental research

It will support research efforts to increase understanding of the environmental impacts of offshore wind, as well as projects that advance and validate tools to monitor and minimise impacts

Trump administration’s Arctic drilling auction ‘secures lower bidding interest than expected’

Several environmental organisations opposed oil and gas drilling on the Arctic Refuge as it would threaten wildlife and worsen climate change

Plastic waste can cause deformities in marine life

A new study led by scientists from the University of Exeter found sea urchins raised in plastic-contaminated seawater samples suffered from a range of abnormalities, including deformed skeletons and nervous systems

Old fishing gear polluting the River Ganges is threatening wildlife, warn researchers

A new study found levels of waste fishing gear are highest near to the mouth of the river in Bangladesh

Environmental Protection Authority gives Australian renewable energy hub approval

The proposed facility in Western Australia is called the Asian Renewable Energy Hub and will cover an onshore and offshore area of 662,400 hectares

WasteAid launches virtual safari to fundraise for waste collectors

The route of the virtual experience is around Lake Naivasha in Kenya, where WasteAid is working with local partners to improve waste collection and recycling

Countryside Alliance warns against lighting sky lanterns for the NHS

The organisation suggests sky lanterns are a serious source of litter in the countryside and can pose a major threat to the environment

Bristol declares ecological emergency

The city council said there has been a ‘worrying decline’ in numbers and diversity of wildlife

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