Sunday, June 26, 2022

Tool to help understand the environmental effects of human medicines in Scotland

A new data visualisation tool aims to help researchers better understand the effects medicines have on Scotland’s environment. It has been launched by the...

Microbes can degrade the toughest PFAS, says new study

Under anaerobic conditions, common microbial communities can break the ultra-strong carbon-fluorine bond Engineers at the University of California (Riverside) are the first to report...

A new leaf for remediation?

Some plant species could help to remove toxic heavy metals and metalloids from contaminated soil, as a recent study from researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore appears to demonstrate.

Report pulls back the curtain on chemical pollution in the ocean

A new report attempts to provide a diagnostic of the scale of the ocean pollution challenge facing humanity. The Invisible Wave: Getting to zero chemical...
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Breaking the CSO cycle

Three steps to increased capacity, without capital expenditure: The use of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) has placed water companies in the firing line of regulators and ratepayers.

Accelerating remediation of soil

Dunton Environmental shares details of a project to accelerate the remediation of contaminated soils.

Contaminant cornucopia

Monitoring projects that collect and analyze urban runoff samples have just begun to characterize the dizzying array of contaminants, including tire- and vehicle-derived chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), phosphorous, metals and many others, according to the American Chemical Society.

Spotting problems

A report on river quality, published by the UK Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), in January, revealed damning evidence of river pollution in England, and called for improvements in the monitoring of waterways for contamination from sewage outflows and other pollution sources

Not-so-clear and present danger

The unfolding furore over sewage dumping seems to have mobilised political will in a way that observers suggest might be "game changing".
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Proposal to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in firefighting foams in the EU

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says it is bringing forward a proposal for an EU-wide restriction on all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in...
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The problem with arsenic in Cornwall

The geology of Cornwall is unique, with today's landscape a relic of both geological and human processes.

Discharging a duty

Water industry intransigence and regulatory neglect seem to provide the backdrop to a sewage dumping scandal that has made headlines recently and emboldened citizen scientists and environmental campaigners. Will 2022 be the year water companies are finally forced to get their act together, asks Envirotec.

Sites must fulfil water protection obligations

With public attention on corporate environmental activities, there is particular pressure on industrial companies to limit their impact on the local water environment, says Adam Parmenter, industrial sales manager at WPL.

Comment: New year brings resolution on pollution

With sector-wide recognition that a step-change is required to deliver the environmental improvements required by all stakeholders, a new year brings fresh opportunities for...

Laser scans show devastating impact of wet wipes on the Thames

River charity Thames21 has released data showing a mound created by wet wipes, which has grown to the size of two tennis courts and...
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Paint predominates in ocean plastics

Flakes of paint could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particle in the ocean, according to new research.

The challenge of meeting zero waste targets in land remediation

Is a remediated site a clean site? Amy Jones, Associate Director with environmental engineering firm Idom Merebrook, considers the challenges of meeting zero waste...

Report calls for greenfield surcharge to encourage brownfield development

A new “greenfield surcharge” is among a series of practical proposals to encourage future brownfield development, according to a new report from member-funded group...

Sewage pollution makes popular Oxford bathing site unsafe after rainfall, say researchers

Sewage pollution is raising bacteria levels in Oxford’s popular swimming spots to unsafe levels after rainfall, new research appears to find. Research by the Oxford...
Envirotec Sept/Oct 21

A good soil

Diesel-polluted soil from now defunct military outposts in Greenland can be remediated using naturally occurring soil bacteria, according to the evidence of a recently-completed experiment in Mestersvig in the east of the country. The University of Copenhagen contributed.