The future for environmental regulation and opportunities for the UK to lead internationally

1. Progress and areas monitored During 2022 a total area of 117 ha of the beaches along the Cumbrian coast were monitored against a programme target of 105 ha. A total of 49 particles and 7 larger objects (1) were detected, recovered and analysed, details are given in table 1.Continue Reading

Non-Stick Pans Can Release Millions of Micro and Nano Plastic Particles Over Time

Researchers from the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation and Flinders Institute of NanoScale Science and Engineering have found that broken coating on non-stick pans can release up to 2.3 million microplastics and nanoplastics when undergoing everyday use. This comes after scientists from the University of Newcastle and Flinders University developedContinue Reading

Defra environmental targets consultation: Environment Agency response

1. Progress and areas monitored During the period 01 January to 31 March 2022 (Q1 2022) a total area of 27 ha of the beaches along the Cumbrian coast were monitored against a programme target of 22 ha. A total of 7 particles and no larger objects (1) were detected,Continue Reading

Tiny plastic particles accumulating in river headwaters: Study

Researchers modeled the journey of microplastics released in wastewater treatment plant effluent into rivers of different sizes and flow speeds, focusing on the smallest microplastic fragments — less than 100 microns across, or the width of a single human hair. The study found that in slow-flowing stream headwaters — oftenContinue Reading

Hidden Atmospheric Particles Sculpt Near-Earth Space Environment

The near-Earth space is filled with charged particles that come from two sources, the solar wind and the Earth’s upper atmosphere. A new article published in Reviews of Geophysics investigates the relative importance of the two sources of charged particles and their effects on plasma dynamics, especially the process ofContinue Reading