Author Archives: Brendan Hall

Cutting pollution would significantly reduce heart attacks and strokes in Europe

Scientific evidence shows that environmental risks are responsible for a major share of cardiovascular disease, which is the most common cause of death in Europe. A European Environment Agency analysis provides an overview of the link between environment and cardiovascular disease, highlighting that addressing pollution, extreme temperatures, and other environmental risks are cost-effective actions to […]

Decarbonising our built environment is crucial to reaching our 2050 goals

Ground Engineering student editor and Loughborough University civil engineering student Jaya Basra takes a closer look at carbon management in infrastructure. PAS 2080 was the world’s first specification created for carbon management in buildings and infrastructure. It forms a global standard that has been authored to meet the requirements of the World Trade Organisation. Through intelligent […]

Are you guilty of ‘double dishwashing’? Here’s how it’s damaging the environment

Three in five of the 12 million UK households with a dishwasher admit to pre-rinsing their dishes before loading the dishwasher. Utilita Energy, the UK’s only supplier created to help households use less energy, analysed results from a 2,000-household behaviour study to find the most common dishwasher bad habits. Read more via EURO News. 

New wildflower meadow created to boost nature habitats

Hundreds of wildflowers have been planted in Worcester in a bid to enhance the natural habitat. The project saw 2.6kg (5.73lb) of seeds sowed by hand over an area the size of two-and-a-half tennis courts at the University of Worcester’s St John’s Campus. It is hoped the meadow will help tackle the biodiversity crisis, the […]

Sustainable Development, Water and Biodiversity

The world has a number of tools at its disposal to achieve action on Water. In 2016, the Strategic Plan was agreed by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, in 2022, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity agreed on the historic Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. These frameworks will contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development […]

Fungi makes a meal of hard-to-recycle plastic

Polypropylene, a hard-to-recycle plastic, has successfully been biodegraded by two strains of fungi in a new experiment led by researchers at the University of Sydney. Polypropylene has long been recycling’s head scratching riddle. A common plastic used for a wide variety of products from packaging and toys to furnishing and fashion, it accounts for roughly […]