Category Archives: Environmental toxicology

Subjects of interest to Investigative Chemistry or Inorganics.
Includes any environmental context (except AIR, see AIR POLLUTION AND ANALYSIS) example: soil, water, clinical matrices, heavy metals, mining wastes, oil spills, contamination, pesticides.

Great Barrier Reef spared dredge spoil as Dawson MP George Christensen changes line

Townsville Bulletin JOSH ALSTON August 28, 2014

THE Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is likely to be spared from having 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil dumped on it as part of the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion.
Dawson MP George Christensen confessed in an open letter to Whitsunday residents that “I got it wrong” and is in negotiations with North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) to find a land-based dumping site for the spoil.

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NSW calls for national ban on shampoo additives that are choking the oceans

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam August 28, 2014

The NSW government has called for a national ban on the sale and production of shampoos and other products containing microplastics before they inflict worse damage on marine environments.
Environment Minister Rob Stokes said on Thursday the government would convene an industry working group intended to eliminate the pollutant by 2016.

Japan’s former PM tells of Tokyo evacuation risk after Fukushima

Brisbane Times Tony Moore August 28, 2014

Naoto Kan was Japan’s prime minister at the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 and he is in Brisbane on Thursday to warn Queenslanders about nuclear power and nuclear exports.
Uranium from Australia’s Ranger Uranium Mine was in the Fukushima nuclear plant on the east coast of Japan when it was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake, then a 15-metre tsunami on March 11, 2011.

New food packaging could be toxic and should be regulated, says Friends of the Earth

Sydney Morning Herald, August 27, 2014  Esther Han

New packaging technology created to improve the shelf life of food is potentially toxic and should be regulated, an environmental group has warned.

Acrylamide exposure impairs blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier function

(Neural Regeneration Research 24 August 2014) Acrylamide exposure impairs blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier function.

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Tara residents want out as coal seam gas mining takes hold

Courier Mail John McCarthy 23 August 2014

“ONE out, all out!” is the chant coming out of the poor community and coal seam gas hub of Tara, population 3000. Several families want the same treatment given to six families who were the ringleaders in a five-year fight against CSG. Those six were bought out by QGC, legally gagged from discussing the issue and moved on.

Queensland Health has found no link between the symptoms at Tara and CSG.

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Invisible threat: Microplastic contamination discovered on bottom of Sydney Harbour

ABC News Nicole Chettle 22 August 2014

The bottom of Sydney Harbour has been contaminated by widespread microplastic pollution which could be entering the food chain, scientists say.
Professor Emma Johnston from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science said the microplastics, or fragments of plastic less than five millimetres long, represented the “emergence of new contaminants in our harbours and waterways”.
In the first study of its kind, 27 sites were tested across the harbour, with researchers discovering up to 60 microplastics per 100 milligrams of sediment.

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