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The numbers of the year 2013

<b>What were the most significant numbers of 2013? Several experts name their favourites, and explain why.</b><p><b>David Spiegelhalter, Cambridge University:</b> My number of the year is 7.3. This is the average response given by about 165,000 people when the UK's Office for National Statistics asked them on a …

Pancakes

Windows 8 Sells 100 Million Fewer Copies than Windows 7 at 15 Months

While consumers are certainly still buying Windows 8, the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft is not getting the same amount of love as Windows 7 did. That seems to be the general consensus, but now there’s data straight from the horse’s mouth to back that claim: at 15 months, …

Dangerous levels of radioactivity found at fracking waste site in Pennsylvania

Co-author of study says UK must impose better environmental regulation than US if it pursues shale gas extraction<p>Scientists have for the first time found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a shale gas waste disposal site that could contaminate drinking water. If the UK follows in the …

Japan's homeless are being recruited to clean up the radioactive debris at Fukushima

Cleaning up radioactive waste in Fukushima may be one of the worst jobs in Japan. Clean-up of the site has fallen behind schedule and finding workers has been a challenge. Now it turns out, the homeless are among those being recruited for the job.<p>Antoni Slodkowski, one of the reporters who …

Sellafield nuclear site has elevated levels of radioactivity

The Sellafield nuclear site is being operated with a reduced number of staff following the detection overnight of elevated levels of radioactivity.<p>Non-essential staff are being told not to come to work, although this is described as a precautionary measure, and in a statement the site's operator …

How Jewelry Production Hurts the Environment, Eco-Friendly Options

Mining can harm the environment in addition to its impact on the workers, whose plight in various regions has been highlighted by human rights …

Fair Trade

Scientists Develop Robotic Plants To Test Soil in All Environments

A group of Italian scientists have taken artificial plants to the next level, creating the world’s first bionic plant. The robotic plants have roots …

7 biggest threats to the environment - why we still need Earth Day

This Sunday is Earth Day, and while it’s a time to celebrate our planet, it’s also a prime opportunity to take a closer look at the serious …

Sustainability certification may be failing farmers and the environment

The production of certified sustainable agricultural products is booming and has broken out of being a niche player in global markets, but up to half fails to find buyers at a premium price and therefore gets sold off cheaply as a basic commodity, according to a new study.<p>Moreover, while certified …