Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Recycled water analysis, contamination by non-biological agents (eg, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, disinfection by-products, endocrine disrupters, environmental nutrients.
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NHMRC’s call for evidence on the health effects of water fluoridation

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

Defence Force investigates chemicals in bore water near Darling Downs air base

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.

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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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OZWATER’15 – Call for Papers

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 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

Carcinogen danger forces Adelaide residents to move

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.

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[Introduction to Special Issue] The gas surge

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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Scientists blast Abbott government water policies

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.

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Book review: Poisoned Planet

The Conversation Tony McMichael 25 June 2014

The World Health Organization estimates that one in every 12 deaths worldwide is due to chemical exposure, sometimes acute but mostly chronic. This eclipses the annual death tolls from malaria, car crashes and HIV/AIDS.

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