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Plastic rubbish pollution in ocean

£20 million UK fund to clean up plastics production

Money will help tackle environmental problems caused by plastics

Smog over Los Angeles

From lethal smog to clean air

Sponsored by , by Andy Walker, Alan Nelson

There has been over 60 years of changing government regulation and innovative industrial R&D in the pursuit of cleaner air: from reducing NOx and carbon dioxide emissions to developing materials for electric cars

Construction engineer supervising work at building site

Harvard and Google team up to take on harmful construction chemicals

New centre is working with Google and others to reduce the use of chemicals linked to health and environmental problems

ChemMaps screenshot

Tool to navigate chemical space aims to be ‘Google Maps of drugs’

Software allows links between 8000 drugs and 47,000 compounds of environmental concern to be explored in 3D


Andrew C Scott – Burning planet

Burning planet: the story of fire through time

Andrew C Scott’s book charts the natural history of wildfire and its ability to provide clues to events on Earth

Hay Festival 2017

Chemistry World Book Club at the Hay Festival

Emma Stoye seeks the science at the world famous Festival of Literature & Arts

Coal fired power station sunset Index

New chemistry enables UK negative carbon dioxide emissions pilot

Carbon capture is back at Drax, thanks to more energy efficient absorption technology

Dag Olav Hessen – The many lives of carbon

The many lives of carbon

Dag Olav Hessen leaves no stone - or diamond - unturned in his account of element six