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Thousands of tonnes of ocean pollution can be saved by changing washing habits

Thousands of tonnes of ocean pollution can be saved by changing washing habits

Press releases   •   Jun 08, 2020 10:00 BST

A new study has revealed that almost 13,000 tonnes of microfibres, equivalent to two rubbish trucks every day, are being released into European marine environments every year – but this could be reduced by as much as 30% if we made a small change to our laundry habits. The ​findings have been published by the scientific journal ​PLOS ONE for ​World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June.

Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel

Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel

Press releases   •   Jan 28, 2020 14:15 GMT

The reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel could become safer and more efficient in future after Northumbria University researchers found a way to modify the structure of molecules to remove radioactive materials. The research is published in the influential Chemistry - A European Journal and is described by its editors as being of 'great significance'.

First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

Press releases   •   Dec 02, 2019 08:00 GMT

Researchers have produced the first physics-based quantifiable evidence that thinning ice shelves in Antarctica are causing more ice to flow from the land into the ocean. Their findings have been published in Geophysical Research Letters.

EXPERT COMMENT: Making cities more walkable by understanding how other people influence our journeys

Press releases   •   Feb 20, 2019 11:29 GMT

Ruth Dalton, Professor of Building Usability and Visualisation at Northumbria University, Newcastle, writes about how urban spaces can be designed to be better for walkers if planners understand 'social wayfinding' - or how other people can influence where we choose to walk.

Researchers find evidence for a new fundamental constant of the Sun

Researchers find evidence for a new fundamental constant of the Sun

Press releases   •   Feb 07, 2019 13:56 GMT

New research undertaken at Northumbria University shows that the Sun’s magnetic waves behave differently than currently believed. Their findings have been reported in the latest edition of the prominent journal, Nature Astronomy.

EXPERT COMMENT: How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

EXPERT COMMENT: How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

Press releases   •   Jan 03, 2019 14:09 GMT

Dr Vasile Ersek, a senior lecturer in Physical Geography, writes for The Conversation about the discovery of new evidence of a drought that finished off the Akkadian Empire 4,000 years ago.