Cryoconite, a dark sediment that is a mixture of fine inorganic and organic matter, accumulates in shallow depressions in glacier surfaces. In Norway, it contains surprisingly large amounts of artificial radioactive isotopes from the environment, research conducted by scientists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAS Kraków shows.
Scientists from the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences have sent the common fungi of the species Fusarium culmorum into space. They want to see how the fungi will behave in absence of gravity. If they survive, the researchers will send a satellite with larger organisms into space.
More and more bats spend winter in European caves, although 40 years ago their population was decreasing, in part due to heavy metals present in the environment. Scientists from Poznań presented the summary of 70 years of greater mouse-eared bat and lesser horseshoe bat monitoring conducted in the Ojców National Park and the surrounding area - in the following caves: Łokietka, Ciemna, Nietoperzowa, Racławicka and Wierzchowska Górna.
Polish cities remain among the most polluted cities in the world. To change this, we should increase the use of renewable energy sources, including geothermal energy, which is currently barely used in Poland, says Dr. Anna Sowiżdżał, a professor at the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH-UST.