Science

Behind-the-scenes footage shows staff sorting the contents of people’s recycling bins by hand to remove items that should not be in there. Staff at the £14m recycling facility in Forest Town, Nottinghamshire, help manually sort through 85,000 tonnes of waste each year, alongside automated methods. Once separated, the usable waste goes to manufacturers to make
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Rachel Hurst is a student at the University of East Anglia helping other students to address their climate anxieties through on-campus climate cafes. It’s part of a new programme created by the university and mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind, who saw young people worried about climate change using their services. A recent global
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Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a… street cleaner can? According to The World Bank, waste generation rates are rising. In 2016, the worlds’ cities generated over 2bn tonnes of solid waste, amounting to a footprint of 0.74 kilograms per person, per day. Much of this waste ends up on streets, and Nigerian environmentalist Jonathan Olakunle dresses
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Researchers estimate the UK’s lateral flow testing programme has produced enough plastic waste to fill 200,000 bathtubs or 19 Olympic swimming pools. Scientists at the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull argue once we learned that Covid-19 spread more through the air than via surfaces, the UK government should have started recycling
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Scientists have developed a technique that could prevent diseases in plants, including one threatening bananas. Grafting involves taking a shoot from a vulnerable plant and placing it on to the root of one that is disease-resistant. It was previously thought the method did not work with monocot [single seed leaf] plants but it could now
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David M’zee was 22 when an injury damaged his spine, leaving him paralysed 12 years ago. In 2017, an electrical implant to his spine enabled him to stand and walk slowly by boosting the nerve signals to his legs. He uses the device for short periods to exercise his muscles and practise walking, and says
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Environmental campaign group Sea Shepherd filmed this footage of what they estimate to be “100,000 dead fish.” They’ve accused the Dutch-owned trawler FV Margiris of deliberately discharging the fish as “bycatch.” The fishing association PFA, speaking for the vessel, say the “rare occurrence” was due to a “rupture” in the fishing net, which it has
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Footage of beavers making themselves at home in a Derbyshire nature reserve has been captured. The dam-building rodents were filmed grooming each other and gnawing trees at Willington Wetlands, where they were released last year. Beavers were hunted to extinction in Britain in the 16th Century for their fur, meat, and scent glands. But they
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The BBC has seen footage of what looks like untreated sewage being discharged into the River Thames in Oxfordshire. It appears to be coming out of an overflow pipe connected to the Cassington treatment works run by Thames Water. Local campaigners believe that the company could be in breach of its permit. Thames Water says
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Misinformation about the Covid pandemic and climate change is slowing an effective collective response to these emergencies. BBC Monitoring’s experts Shayan Sardarizadeh and Kayleen Devlin explain the misinformation trends they have seen in 2021 and the effects they have had on lives around the world. Video produced by Suniti Singh
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A group of children in Portugal are using human rights law to force European politicians to tackle climate change. After seeing the damage caused by wildfires in their home country of Portugal, André Oliviera, his sister Sofia and their friends are determined to make sure that leaders who pledged to reduce harmful emissions are forced
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