Cleaning Nuclear Power Stations?

Engineers have developed a material to find ways to clean up disaster sites. This “lava-like” material is akin to the highly molten nuclear fuel created through the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters. How was it created? This lava-like fuel containing Materials (LFCM) was created in the nuclear meltdowns of the power plants and contain a high […]

Deep-Sea Mining/Oil Drilling

Offshore drilling is a mechanical process where a wellbore is drilled below the seabed. It is typically carried out in order to explore for and subsequently extract petroleum which lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. Around 1891, the first submerged oil wells were drilled from platforms built on piles in the fresh waters of the Grand Lake St. Marys (a.k.a. […]

Cities Introduce Ultra Low Emission Zones

Many major cities across the globe are introducing ultra-low emission zones or ULEZ. There are different types of ULEZ zones, the most common is a charging zone. In a charging zone there is cost for using your car in the zone if you are in a car that meets specific standards. These standards are extremely […]

Sharks

Unlike humans, sharks do not have bones. Instead they have a rubbery substance called cartilage. They also have very good eyesight which allows them to see in the dark and also see colours as we do. A sharks skin feels very similar to sand paper, this is because it has tiny scales all pointing towards […]

Leaf Blowers: a threat to insects

The German Government is concerned that leaf blowers are a threat to insects and the environment as they pollute the air with noise and emissions. The ministry said leaf blowers should only be used if they are “indispensable”. Despite this statement, they are not planning to ban leaf blowers. This warning came out after the […]

Orca

Orcas or killer whales are apex predators (at the top of the food chain), this means that no animal other than humans can hunt them. they feed on almost anything that they can find in the sea such as: sea birds, sharks, turtles, squid and other orcas. One orca found in Canada was even found […]

Amazon Fires: How bad is it?

These forest fires, which have recently broken out, have been the most intense flames in a decade. It has dreadfully affected a lot of the northern states in Brasil and the border between Bolivia. The fires have swarmed the countries’ tropical forests and savannah. Official statistics have recorded more than 87 000 forest fires in […]

Climate Change: Greenland

Greenland’s massive ice sheet has melted by a record amount this year. It has lost enough ice to raise the average global sea levels by over a millimetre. Scientists and researchers say they are anxiously astounded by how quickly ice has melted this year; they, therefore, worry about the effects it would have on the […]

Coral bleaching

Incredibly large amounts of coral have died in recent years, this is due to a process known as coral bleaching. But how does coral bleaching happen? How does it affect ecosystems? And how can this be prevented? Coral bleaching is a process in which the algae on corals become ‘stressed’ and leaves the coral, this […]