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If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens, this may have consequences. Photo: Blue Planet Studio/Adobe Stock
27.02.2020

Overweight from cosmetics

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics. If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens that remain on the skin for protracted periods, this may have consequences for their child's subsequent weight development. This is demonstrated in a...

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 Researchers examined 48 bodies of running water in Kenya for pesticide contamination, composition of the biological communities and occurrence of snails. Photo: UFZ
03.04.2020

Pesticides increase the risk of schistosomiasis, a tropical disease

Schistosomiasis is a severe infectious disease caused by parasitic worms. As an intermediate host, freshwater snails play a central role in the life cycle of the parasite. In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers...

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17.03.2020

Climate and health impacts of residential wood combustion in Finland

According to the dissertation by Mikko Savolahti, a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, residential wood combustion causes 200 premature deaths in Finland each year. In addition, residential combustion is a contributing factor to...

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Xylella damage to olive trees (photo Steven White, UKCEH)
13.02.2020

Helen Mirren adds her voice to campaign against devastating plant disease Xylella

A new animation narrated by Dame Helen Mirren warns of the devastation caused by the plant disease Xylella fastidiosa, which has wiped out millions of olive trees in southern Europe and put thousands of jobs at risk.

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If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens, this may have consequences. Photo: Blue Planet Studio/Adobe Stock
27.02.2020

Overweight from cosmetics

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics. If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens that remain on the skin for protracted periods, this may have consequences for their child's subsequent weight development. This is demonstrated in a...

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11.02.2020

New emissions calculation system for all Finnish municipalities – an average emissions reduction of 15 per cent since 2005

Climate emissions have decreased in nearly all Finnish municipalities since 2005. The average decrease is 15 per cent. The reduction in municipal emissions has been driven by the decline in electricity emissions, reforms in district heating...

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Mussels
10.02.2020

A new study identifies the most damaging invasive non-native species likely to arrive in the Antarctic Peninsula region

The work by an international research team, led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will inform measures to prevent and mitigate future invasions. Of the 103 species considered in detail, 13 were...

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Pesticide analysis
10.02.2020

Analysis outlines a new approach for assessing chemical risks

Computer modelling and long-term ecological monitoring will be essential to assess the environmental risks of the rapidly growing number of chemicals across the world, according to a new review paper in the journal Science.

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Bumble bee pollinates a flower . Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ
31.01.2020

Pollination is better in cities than in the countryside

Flowering plants are better pollinated in urban than in rural areas. Researchers from central Germany have now published this result in Nature Communications. Despite a greater diversity of flying insects in the countryside, more bees in cities...

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