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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.

EXPERT COMMENT: Greater Manchester’s cycling plan is a radical, much-needed approach – now it needs funding

EXPERT COMMENT: Greater Manchester’s cycling plan is a radical, much-needed approach – now it needs funding

Press releases   •   Mar 03, 2020 16:09 GMT

Katja Leyendecker, ​PhD candidate in Architecture and Built Environment, discusses Greater Manchester's new walking and cycling plan.

Northumbria lecturer and former student set sail to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean

Northumbria lecturer and former student set sail to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean

Press releases   •   Jan 17, 2019 08:55 GMT

A design expert from Northumbria University, Newcastle raising awareness of the impact single use plastic is having on the world’s oceans by helping to create a boat made entirely from rubbish collected from African beaches – including 30,000 flipflops.

Earliest European evidence of lead pollution uncovered in the Balkans

Earliest European evidence of lead pollution uncovered in the Balkans

Press releases   •   May 29, 2018 17:14 BST

New research from Northumbria University has revealed that metal-related pollution began in the Balkans more than 500 years before it appeared in western Europe, and persisted throughout the Dark Ages and Medieval Period, meaning the region played a far bigger role in mineral exploitation than previously believed.

UK and Chinese researchers join forces to tackle air pollution

UK and Chinese researchers join forces to tackle air pollution

Press releases   •   Jun 27, 2017 11:37 BST

A workshop bringing together researchers, industry experts and funders from the UK and China in an attempt to find a sustainable replacement to gasoline-powered vehicles has been organised by an academic from Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Northumbria green engineers build car of the future

Northumbria green engineers build car of the future

Press releases   •   Jun 23, 2017 14:21 BST

Automotive and mechanical engineering students from Northumbria University, Newcastle have produced a car powered by renewable fuel which could transform the future of sustainable transport.

Graduate completes 1,800-mile Ganges paddle board expedition

Graduate completes 1,800-mile Ganges paddle board expedition

Press releases   •   Feb 22, 2017 10:06 GMT

A Northumbria graduate has become one of the first people to paddle board the entire length of the River Ganges as part of an expedition designed to raise awareness of pollution.

Graduate’s Ganges expedition aims to raise awareness of effects of pollution

Graduate’s Ganges expedition aims to raise awareness of effects of pollution

Press releases   •   Oct 19, 2016 16:54 BST

​A globetrotting Northumbria University graduate is about to set off on one of his most arduous expeditions yet, paddling almost 1,600 miles down the Ganges river.