pollution

Plastic rubbish on the beach

Ten years of citizen science data has informed a UNSW study which found plastic dominates the rubbish found on Australian beaches.

Night time silhouette of an industrial plant worker

Disclosure requirements work, forcing companies to own up to their customers and investors.

Powerplant

New research found power stations in the Latrobe Valley emit around 10 times more mercury than power stations in the Hunter Valley. The stark difference has a lot to do with regulations.

Smog

A team of chemists has lifted the hood on the mysterious interplay between sunlight and molecules in the atmosphere known as ‘roaming reactions’, which could make atmospheric modelling more accurate.

Martina de Marcos dives in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Martina de Marcos, a final year UNSW Sydney Masters student, has helped to ban single use plastic bags in developing nations through grassroots activism.

Japanese fish

Human-made debris such as plastic have vastly increased the numbers of marine species crossing the oceans, write Emma Johnston and Jim Carlton. 

Rubbish 2

A new map of the world’s oceans redraws boundaries according to science, not geopolitics, and provides a crucial piece in the puzzle of who is creating marine dumping grounds, write Erik van Sebille and Gary Froyland.

Water pollution crop 0

The real and direct impact of ocean-going plastic is not where it ends up, but the route it takes from our beaches to the great ocean garbage patches, writes Erik Van Sebille.

Asthma

The first study of the effects of Sydney’s air pollution on the development of asthma has been carried out at UNSW.

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New research by a team of scientists shows that black carbon aerosols and ozone, both man-made pollutants, are most likely pushing the boundary of the tropics further poleward.

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