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There are 36 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Rivers and lakes".

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1. Antibiotic resistance must be tackled in the field

We could be encouraging antimicrobial resistance by overusing antibiotics but other factors may also be at play. We spoke to researchers going beyond the clinic to understand how drug-resistance builds up in the bacteria in our sewers and rivers.

Tags: Farming, Health, Microbes, Pollution, Rivers and lakes, Water
2. New breakthrough helps trace river pollution

Scientists are developing a new way to track the origins of phosphorus pollution in our rivers and understand how it behaves once it gets there.

Tags: Rivers and lakes, Pollution, Farming, Water
3. Wonderstuff

Dave Reay explores the tangled web of nitrogen and global climate change.

Tags: Earth system, Environmental change, Pollution, Rivers and lakes
4. Changing channels

Scientists agree: flood damages will increase dramatically across Europe over the coming decades. And as extreme rainfall events happen again and again, some places will be hit harder than others. So why is it that some areas are becoming more prone to flooding, and others not? Louise Slater explains.

Tags: Environmental change, Flooding, Hazards, Rivers and lakes, UK
5. Scouring Bangladesh

Hidden from view at the bottom of Bangladesh's large rivers are gigantic holes up to 50m deep and several kilometres long. Mark E Vardy explains how studying them is vital for understanding how large rivers evolve and affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living on their deltas.

Tags: Rivers and lakes
6. Working together for clear water

Nobody wants peat in their tap water, and in some situations it can even threaten people's health. Getting rid of it is costly for water companies, and a warming climate will increase the problem. The more they know about these changes, the better they'll be able to cope.

Tags: Pollution, Rivers and lakes, Soils, Water
7. Podcast: Drugs and marine life

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Alex Ford and Stephen Short of the University of Portsmouth explain why we need to understand the effects of contraceptives, anti-depressants and other prescription drugs on marine organisms to protect our environment.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Ecology, Fish, Marine life, Podcasts, Pollution, Rivers and lakes, UK
8. Podcast: How river bank erosion affects livelihoods

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Greg Sambrook Smith of the University of Birmingham reports from Bangladesh on the effects of river bank erosion on the local people living alongside the Brahmaputra River.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Environmental change, Mapping, Podcasts, Rivers and lakes
9. From the age of the dinosaurs?

The term 'living fossil' was coined by Darwin and has since been applied to various species that appear not to have changed for millions of years. But when Africa Gómez and colleagues took a closer look at tadpole shrimps they concluded we should ditch the term for good.

Tags: Evolution, Genetics, Marine life, Rivers and lakes
10. Podcast: UK flooding - Past, present and future

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Terry Marsh and Mike Acreman from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology talk about their work on UK flooding.

Tags: Climate, Environmental change, Flooding, Podcasts, Rivers and lakes, UK

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