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 contaminated by toxic coal dust, inquiry told

The Guardian AAP 23 July 2014

Coal dust has spread throughout the Great Barrier Reef and exceeds toxic levels near the shore, a Senate inquiry has heard.
Senators are touring Queensland this week to examine how the Australian and Queensland governments manage the reef, as Unesco threatens to list it as a World Heritage site in danger.
Professor Terry Hughes, of James Cook University, says a “damning” new report from the university shows coastal sediments offshore of the Hay Point coal port are contaminated with coal residues that exceed Australian guidelines.

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Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal goes Gold open access

(Royal Society of Chemistry 15 July 2014) The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 — making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 – making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.  From January 2015 onwards, all new content in Chemical Science will be free for anyone to access.

To ease the transition to open access, the Royal Society of Chemistry is waiving all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for two years.

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Dispersant from Deepwater Horizon spill found to persist in the environment

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 16 July 2014) A new study has found that the dispersant compound DOSS, which decreases the size of oil droplets and hampers the formation of large oil slicks, remains associated with oil and can persist in the environment for up to four years.

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Dredging does impact coral reefs, world-first scientific study finds Brian Williams July 17, 2014

IN A world-first study, Queensland scientists have shown that dredging impacts are damaging to places like the Great Barrier Reef.
It shows that corals near dredging sites have twice as much disease as other sites.

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AFP news report

Link to PLOS ONE journal article

More children at risk from lead dust

The Australian Sarah Martin July 17, 2014

MORE than half of all children living in the industrial centres of Mount Isa, Port Pirie and Broken Hill will be considered at risk under new national guidelines for lead in blood levels.
After a three-year review, the National Health and Medical Research Council yesterday released a draft report recommending the intervention level for blood-lead levels be halved from 10 micrograms per decilitre of blood to 5mcg/dL.

NHMRC Media Release

Link to NHMRC Draft Report

Health industry strives for national approach to growing e-cigarette phenomenon

ABC News Hamish Fitzsimmons 17 July 2014

Health industry workers and academics are working on a national approach to the growing phenomenon of e-cigarettes, with some concerned they are not as harmless as widely believed.
E-cigarettes are vaporisers through which liquid nicotine can be ingested and are sometimes promoted as less harmful than smoking.

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Toxic cigarette butts may get the flick

Brisbane Times July 16, 2004  Kim Stephens

Australia could be set to follow in New York’s footsteps by introducing eco-friendly, biodegradable cigarette filters.

The current plastic, chemical filters are Australia’s biggest litter scourge, with an estimated seven billion dumped each year, according to litter prevention body Keep Queensland Beautiful.  Continue reading…

Study sparks organic foods debate

BBC News James Morgan 11 July 2014

A new scientific review claims organic foods are higher in nutrients and lower in pesticides compared with conventionally grown varieties.  Its authors carried out an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies looking at the composition of crops and foods.  The meta-analysis found differences between organic and non-organic varieties which the team concluded were “significant and meaningful”.

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Gold Coast City Council planning committee has rejected the controversial Boral quarry at Reedy Creek despite advice to approve it

Gold Coast Bulletin Paul Weston 8 July 2014

THE controversial planned Boral quarry at Reedy Creek has struck its first major pothole in approval with the council’s planning committee rejecting the development application.

Despite community outrage about the project and major concerns about environmental impact and threat to rural lifestyle of hinterland residents, the quarry is on course to be approved.

The application will be considered at a full council meeting on Friday where all councillors can provide input.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

The new CKN has been designed for more modern web browsers, giving you better access to journals and other resources.  It is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox which is provided on all Qld Health computers.  Please don’t use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

If you have old CKN links saved in your web browser bookmarks or favourites you will need to update them. Your old saved links will no longer work.

To access the new CKN from home or off-site, you will need to re-register.

Click here to re-register for CKN access