Citizen scientists to tackle ocean plastic pollution

Citizen scientists to tackle ocean plastic pollution

A crew of citizen scientists will embark in October on a round-the-world voyage to address ocean plastic pollution. The voyage sets sail on October 8th. The team behind the EXXpedition voyage are partnering with researchers at The University of Plymouth to develop...
Citizen data meets urban planning to win prestigious prize

Citizen data meets urban planning to win prestigious prize

This weekend at digital art festival Ars Electronica, participatory urban planning project 300.000 Km/s won the STARTS Prize for Innovative Collaboration. The project, which combined research with citizen co-creation to generate a new urban plan for the Ciutat Vella...
Microplastics found in the Arctic snow fly there

Microplastics found in the Arctic snow fly there

By Kat Austen – IGB A study from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute reports that microplastic particles have been found in snow from the Alps to the Arctic. Of those particles found in Arctic snow varnish, rubber, polyethylene, and polyamide are most common. Most of...
Air Pollution project spans India – Pakistan border

Air Pollution project spans India – Pakistan border

By Kat Austen – IGB  Researchers from UrbanSciences in Mumbai and Pakistan Air Quality (PakAirQuality https://twitter.com/pakairquality ) Initiative in Islamabad are collaborating to provide open data in Pakistan for citizens to get updates on air pollution...
Invasion of painted ladies in North-Western Europe

Invasion of painted ladies in North-Western Europe

The last few days the number of Painted ladies, large orange and black butterflies have increased enormously in North-Western Europe. These butterflies come from Africa and the Mediterranean to the northern parts of Europe almost every year but the numbers vary a lot....
Garden butterfly count

Garden butterfly count

From 6 till 28th of July 2019 people in the Netherlands were asked to record the number of butterflies in their garden for 15 minutes. In total 73.445 butterflies were recorded in 2956 gardens. This gives insight in an important habitat that is not easily accessible...