Air Quality Case Study Collection 2020 - read digital edition
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Sustainable Building & Living
UK's largest housebuilder announces new science-based carbon reduction targets
The country's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, says it has become the first housebuilder to announce new science-based targets for reducing carbon emissions. It claims the targets are in line with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5oC, needed to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
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Hydroelectric dams have been found to drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity, despite being hailed as 'green' sources of renewable energy, research in Amazonia discovers.
New research by scientists in England has shown British frogs are not being infected with a deadly fungus carried by exposure to diseased colonies of feral African clawed frogs, until recently used worldwide to detect pregnancy in women.
Nearly 700 species of marine animal have been recorded as having encountered man-made debris such as plastic and glass according to the most comprehensive impact study in more than a decade.
Clinton Devon Estates, the biggest landowner on the lower River Otter, says it welcomes the awarding of license by Natural England to Devon Wildlife Trust for a five year trial reintroduction of beavers - returning to England after an absence since the 1700s. However, it says that the long-term success of the project will depend on landowners, local authorities and communities agreeing details of how their population and activities will need to be managed in the future.
A formerly blind Sumatran orangutan from a degraded forest surrounded by inhospitable palm oil plantations has just been returned to the wild after undergoing surgery, and giving birth to twins from a shotgun victim blind father at an orangutan care centre.
Scientists have discovered that mussels' shells could become more fragile as climate change causes oceans to become increasingly acidic, with disastrous results for both human fisheries and marine ecology.
The cycle of deforestation following slash and burn in tropical mountain rainforests can be halted, but the abandoned farmland needs to be brought back into use and backed by local farmers with a forestry and pasture combination, researchers based in Ecuador have discovered.
Around 90% of lowland bogs have been damaged, mainly to provide peat for gardeners and horticulture. Around 70% of peat bogs have been damaged in hills and mountainous areas, mainly by overgrazing, wildfire and drainage. There are now only 6000 hectares of lowland raised bog in good condition. This isn't just a problem for the wildlife that live in these places, damaged bogs are a source of climate-warming greenhouse gases and lead to problems with water quality.
Male crustaceans can 'lock down' their maleness to avoid being completely feminised by seawater contaminated by our modern pollutants, unlike many fish and other vertebrates, according to scientists.
A discovery mission that's remotely controlled from Norfolk is using underwater robots to show how warm water is making its way to the Antarctic ice sheets, causing them to melt.