AWA E-News 28 July 2014
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is evaluating the evidence on the health effects of water fluoridation. As part of this process, NHMRC has appointed a team from the University of Sydney to undertake a systematic review which asks specific research questions and uses a rigorous and clearly documented methodology to search for, select and evaluate studies.
The Australian community is invited to participate in this activity by providing citations for relevant published studies to NHMRC for evaluation in the systematic review.
Closes 22 August 2014
View NHMRC Call for Evidence
ABC News Fidelis Rego 27 July 2014
The Australian Defence Force has told landholders near its Darling Downs air base in Queensland not to drink bore water as it tests what impact firefighting chemicals have had on local aquifers. The ADF has confirmed that firefighting foams used at the Oakey air base between 1970 and 2005 contained chemicals known as PFOS and PFOA, which were also found in common industrial and household cleaning products.
The Australian Water Association is calling for abstract submissions worldwide to present at its premier international water conference & exhibition, Ozwater’15 in Adelaide next year.
The overarching theme for Ozwater’15 is ‘Water for Growth and Prosperity’. Themes include water recycling, management of water in food and beverage processing, management of water in mining, fuel, gas and power generation, health and safety, climate change and water security.
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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.
ABC News 3 July 2014
Some residents in an Adelaide southern suburb are being told to relocate after a carcinogen was detected in air, soil and groundwater.
Science 27 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6191 pp. 1464-1467 DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6191.1464
Fracking has ignited an energy revolution, with still-uncertain consequences for climate and the environment.
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Brisbane Tiems Peter Hannam 30 June 2014
Leading scientists have blasted the Abbott government’s decision to scrap key bodies overseeing water reforms amid plunging reservoir levels, a looming El Nino and the longer-range threat posed by climate change.
The government said in the federal budget it would scrap the previously bipartisan-backed National Water Commission set up by the Howard government, and last year cut COAG’s Standing Council on Environment and Water.