Analysis

Our Big Microplastic Survey is helping people do something about plastic pollution

Plastic pollution has become pervasive, pernicious and persistent. In 2016, global plastic production was around 335m tonnes and it continues to be released into our rivers and oceans on a catastrophic scale, despite…

Black and white whale emerging upside down from the ocean.

Marine life typically thrives in the tropics – so why do whales prefer the poles?

Alexey Suloev / shutterstock Sarah Marley, University of Portsmouth Life in the sea isn’t easy. Talk to most people about the ocean and they are likely to imagine a tropical scene with a…

How to target resources in efforts to end female genital mutilation

Tamsin Bradley, Professor in International Development Studies, University of Portsmouth A new study shows that 130 million women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) in 29 of the highest prevalence countries, many of…

Woman carrying brown paper shopping bag.

The hidden costs of online shopping – for customers and retailers

Internet shopping has grown massively, especially now that free delivery and returns, with multiple ways of making them, are the norm. You can order a number of variations of the same piece of…

Free public transport is great news for the environment but it’s no silver bullet

When Luxembourg announced recently that all public transport in the country will be free from next year, this radical move was received with astonishment. After all, most nations would surely shy away from…

Retiring from elite sport? Consider seeing a psychologist – Andy Murray did

Andy Murray’s announcement that he is contemplating retirement from professional tennis is sad news – as it always is when one of tennis’ greats prepares to leave the game. The reason for his…

Aerial photo of a sports stadium at night

Stadiums aren’t fated to disrepair and disuse – history shows they can change with the city

Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Songquan Deng/Shutterstock. Alessandro Melis, University of Portsmouth Stadiums are among the oldest forms of urban architecture: from Olympia to Rome, stadiums were at the centre of the Western…

Philippines’ brutal president must be condemned, but West guilty of double standards

Tom Sykes, University of Portsmouth Not since the grim Marcos era have Western commentators been so interested in the Philippines. Their focus is the country’s brutal and boorish president, Rodrigo Duterte, whose gruesome…

Brexit: what the UK fishing industry wants

Alan Smillie / Shutterstock.com Andy Forse, University of Portsmouth; Ben Drakeford, University of Portsmouth, and Jonathan Potts, University of Portsmouth The fishing industry constitutes a small but powerful voice when it comes to…

Lumière artificielle et plantations hors-sol, les nouvelles méthodes des agriculteurs urbains

Silvio Caputo, University of Portsmouth La popularité de l’agriculture urbaine est plus ancienne qu’on ne le pense. Son émergence date du lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale : dans un contexte de lourdes pénuries,…

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