Earthwatch launches plastic footprint calculator

Plastic is fantastic! It's helped us to develop all sorts of new technologies and provided all sorts of benefits to our societies. But using it for single-use items, like food containers, has created a huge global problem. Plastics are not compostable, they don't break down in our environment into something useable by our soils and water sediments, they just get smaller and smaller. Even this process can take hundreds of years, meaning we are drowning in ugly and toxic waste.

Winter 2019 Project Update

FreshWater Watchers may have noticed a couple of new things have sprung up in the last couple of weeks.

Fisherman Investigates Murky Waters

In early 2016, one of our current citizen scientists, John Pratt, sought advice from the UK’s national Environment Agency to explain why his local River Evenlode had turned increasingly murky in the summer months over the 27-year period that he had been fishing there. John decided to do something about what he saw, and has written about his experiences.

1,200 FreshWater Watch samples in 2019 - and more to come!

2019 has been a busy year for FreshWater Watch so far, with over 1,200 samples collected from 32 catchments in 15 different countries. FreshWater Watch scientists and research partners from across the world have published seven new research papers, all of which have taught us something new about the fresh water environment and the ways we as humans interact with it.

They walk among us: The rise of citizen science

Earthwatch’s Global Freshwater Research Manager, and Lead FreshWater Watch Researcher, Professor Steven Loiselle features in the international science journal ‘environmental SCIENTIST ‘.