Wastewater treatment by aeration. In a new study six wastewater treatment plants in northern England were linked to a rise  in microplastics in the rivers – on average up to three times higher but in one instance by a factor of 69

Microplastics in rivers have been found in much higher concentrations downstream from wastewater treatment plants, researchers have found. In one of(...)

 Ice floats near the coast of Antarctica. Photograph: Nasa

The Antarctic ice sheet lost about 3 trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, according to satellite analysis, with recent losses causing global (...)

Marian Harkin: “I have been diagnosed with vocal dysphonia. But I don’t shout about it. I  can’t shout about it.”

A woman with a serious disability who requires the support of a personal assistant has been told she cannot take part in any political activity if her(...)

A black taxi tour in West Belfast: “You have to [include jokes]. You’d crack if you didn’t.” Photograph: Stephen Wilson/Pacemaker

This has been a good year for Northern Irish comedy. From the unexpected return of original conflict caper Give My Head Peace, through to the riotous (...)

Jimmy Page and Pamela Des Barres, 1973. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In 2001, when the Mötley Crüe biography The Dirt was published, barely an eyebrow was raised at the debauchery described within. Even one of the darke(...)

The State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology in Moscow. Novichok nerve agents were allegedly developed by scientists at the institute in the 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May’s confirmation that the substance used in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal belonged to the Novichok class of (...)

Ultimately, buying a car with ethics in mind comes down to one thing – you

It may surprise you to know that I have a friend who is not one little bit interested in cars. In fact, I’d go further than that – he actively hates c(...)

Liberal Democrats party leader Tim Farron (centre) with former party leader Nick Clegg  tour the Gripple factory in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Next to a “Winning Here” Liberal Democrats sign in a cramped office, Joe Otten has piles of leaflets neatly stacked ready to be distributed street by (...)

Without action on climate change experts believe polar bears will  disappear from much of the Arctic. Photograph: Josh Haner/ New York Times

Climate change continues to advance, with new data from two US government research bodies declaring 2016 to have been the hottest year on record. Thi(...)

Points for arts courses have fallen to a new low as students question the value of those degrees. Photograph: Getty Images/Istockphoto

Science is cool and sexy and you can earn loads of money. That’s the laser-guided message targeted at school students in recent years, with concerted(...)

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