Topic Discover: the environment

Last updated: 14 May 2024

Why are artificial lawns bad for the environment?

Shadows of a wooden picket fence in a front garden with artificial grass as a lawn and a red brick perimeter wall.

Discover why artificial grass is growing in popularity as an alternative to real lawns and why this is harmful to the environment

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Last updated: 9 May 2024

What are invasive species? Are they always bad for our ecosystems?

Close-up view of a common lionfish (Pterois miles) courtesy of Shutterstock, Copyright: Henner Damke

Discover how the University is researching the possible benefits – and not just the negative impact – non-indigenous species can bring to new environments

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Last updated: 26 April 2024

Are microplastics a big problem?

Microplastics on the beach

Discover microplastics’ effects on the environment and what the University of Plymouth is doing to help

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Last updated: 9 January 2024

How clean is our water?

Water pipes gushing - getty 

Discover how a sewerage system works and why sometimes sewage gets pumped into our seas and rivers

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Last updated: 11 January 2023

Is agricultural technology the answer to the global food security crisis?

Infertile land

Is zero world hunger possible? Will future generations thrive? Can Earth still support us? What lies ahead for humankind and is technology the answer?

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Last updated: 11 January 2023

What is ocean acidification? Find out how research at Plymouth is tackling this global carbon dioxide problem

Ocean acidification

Explore the science behind falling ocean pH and the impact this has on marine ecosystem balance

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Last updated: 11 January 2023

Why might we get more winter storms?

Hurricane UK

Discover the reasons why some areas of the UK may get stormier and how chasing storms can help protect our coastlines

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