The far-reaching impact of fireworks displays

This year’s Edinburgh Bonfire Night will be well remembered due to the fire on Arthur’s Seat, lasting well over one hour. This incident is not unique; data from Manchester shows that the 5th of November registers five times more firefighter interventions than an average night, while 2000 fire accidents were attended in London last year. […]

Science Technology

AI could monitor farms from space to look for illegal pollution

It seems as though the thousands of voices protesting the awful, human contribution to climate change have finally been answered. To an extent. The US government has been making use of the country’s recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect farms that may be illegally polluting the waterways. This approach has also been trialled […]


BBC One’s ‘Drowning in Plastic’ sheds light on the horrors of pollution

On Monday 1 October, BBC One aired perhaps one of the most poignant, emotive and topical documentaries of 2018 – Drowning in Plastic. This one-off ninety minute episode, presented by Liz Bonnin, aimed to show just how much of a devastating effect plastic is having on the planet. It somewhat seems as if this new […]


The China-UK Low Carbon College, in partnership with The University of Edinburgh, has launched in Shanghai

China’s first college for the study of low-carbon technology has opened in a joint initiative with the University of Edinburgh, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Shanghai Lingang City.  It is believed the college will become a key centre for the exchange of ideas, talent, technology and resources to tackle global environmental challenges. The college will […]

Environment Science Science

What are microbeads and why could they be banned?

Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced plans to ban the use of microbeads in cosmetic products by the end of 2017, in line with regulations already put in place by the American and Canadian governments. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are added to a variety […]