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Water treatment could be carbon neutral

Carbon dioxide released by some wastewater treatment plants could be recycled at the same time as enhancing the production of renewable energy in the form of natural gas, say scientists.

28 Mar 2014

Bacteria in cystic fibrosis lung infections become selfish

Bacteria that infect the lungs of cystic fibrosis sufferers lose their ability to work together, becoming more selfish and less cooperative the longer the infection, say scientists.

25 Mar 2014

Tags: Health, Microbes

Building evolution-proof drugs

A new generation of drugs could help combat the growing number of bacterial diseases that are becoming resistant to antibiotics, a study reveals.

19 Mar 2014

Tags: Health, Microbes

Podcast: Cutting urban light pollution

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Roland Leigh and Joshua Vande Hey of the University of Leicester describe the work they're doing with Leicester City Council to cut light pollution and help the council save electricity.

18 Mar 2014

New ozone-depleting gas discovered in the atmosphere

A newly-discovered ozone-depleting chemical is accumulating in the atmosphere despite being banned under an international treaty, research reveals.

9 Mar 2014

Recycling heat from industry could reduce carbon emissions

Capturing wasted heat and turning it into electricity could help industries to reduce carbon emissions, according to a new study.

6 Mar 2014

Podcast: Heavy rain, flooding and sinkholes

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Tony Cooper and Vanessa Banks of NERC's British Geological Survey give us a unique insight into how sinkholes form and explain why the worst of them may be still to come.

4 Mar 2014

Riding the crest of the flood wave

Getting caught in one of the biggest floods Cambodia has seen in years wasn't part of Chris Hackney's fieldwork plans - but it turned out to be a great opportunity for scientists to learn how rivers behave in extreme conditions.

28 Feb 2014

Climate change exacerbates European hay fever risk

The highly allergenic plant ragweed is set to become more widespread throughout Northern Europe as the climate changes, according to a new study.

27 Feb 2014

Peatlands of the western Amazon

Recent investigations in western Amazonia have revealed vast peatlands, up to 8m thick in places. Because they are so remote, we know little about them compared to peatlands in the northern hemisphere. Tom Kelly and Freddie Draper explain how their work will help us understand these ecosystems and revel how big they really are.

21 Feb 2014