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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

Articles from Science for Environment Policy

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Contaminated vegetables from polluted gardens may pose health risk
City dwellers who grow their own fruit and vegetables may be consuming high levels of pollutants. In a recent study, researchers found that vegetables grown on plots in Berlin, Germany, often contained higher concentrations of some heavy metals than shop-bought vegetables, with those grown close to busy roads containing the greatest quantities.
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Regulatory barriers to industrial symbiosis in metal sector
A new study has investigated the possibility of a regional industrial symbiosis of metal industries across the Sweden-Finland border. The analysis suggests that it is technologically feasible, but that regulatory support may be inefficient, particularly with respect to changing the status of a waste product to a by-product.
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Aerosols strongly influence sea surface temperature
Sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic may be significantly influenced by air pollution, with knock-on effects for climatic events, such as drought and hurricanes, according to a new study. The findings indicate that estimates of man-made aerosol emissions over coming decades should be refined within climate models to improve predictions of future climate change.
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Intensive agriculture leaves lasting legacy on soil health
The long-lasting and negative effects of intensive farming on soils persist even where complex animal communities have been reintroduced to the soil in attempt to restore the natural balance, according to a recent study. The findings highlight the possible effects of historical land use on soils' ability to deliver ecosystem services.
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Networked domestic gardens boost urban biodiversity
Urban development is changing the composition of the natural landscape. A recent study has highlighted the importance of connecting fragments of green space, such as gardens, with ecological corridors to improve biodiversity and help spiders and beetles disperse within the urban landscape.
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Good examples of Polish sustainable development
New research has collated case studies of sustainable development in Poland. These indicate that there are a range of sustainability drivers and barriers, some of which are specific to transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It is hoped that the collection will trigger the development of a CEE database of good sustainability practices.
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Contact with nature can reduce the risk of allergies
Loss of biodiversity may be connected to the rising incidence of allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as asthma, in people living in urban areas, according to recent research. Contact with the natural environment appears to be good for health, not only for a feeling of wellbeing, but also for boosting the human immune system.
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