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.

Linc Energy: Potentially toxic gases unlikely to be a threat to health, Queensland Government says

The Courier Mail April 29, 2016

LOW levels of potentially toxic gases are still being ­detected around the Linc Energy site at Hopeland, near Chinchilla, but are unlikely to be a threat to health, according to the State Government.
The caution zone is also being maintained in the region, preventing farmers from any excavation work without government clearance.
Air samples taken over a two-week period in December show contamination in the area still exists, with the ­Government claiming it is from Linc’s underground coal gasification plant.

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Black lung: Return of disease due to poor regulation of mining industry says Senate committee

ABC News Dan Conifer 28 April 2016

A Senate committee has slammed poor regulation and incompetence within the mining industry for the re-emergence of a deadly condition in coal miners.
Black lung disease is sustained by inhaling coal dust and was thought to have been eradicated about three decades ago.
But eight Queensland miners have been diagnosed with the condition over the past year.

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Link to Fifth Interim Report: Black Lung: “It has buggered my life”
28 April 2016 Senate Select Committee on Health


Upside-down jellyfish new tool in mopping up industrial pollution

ABC News David Chen 27 April 2016

Jellyfish could play a major role in cleaning up industrial pollution, thanks to the work of researchers in north Queensland.
Scientists from James Cook University tested the ability of the Cassiopea maremetens, also known as the the upside-down jellyfish, to absorb metals including copper and zinc.
Lead author Hannah Epstein said they found the jellyfish could be used to suck in the metals for a short period of time.

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Condamine River set on fire after Greens MP lights bubbling methane gas, blames fracking

ABC News 23 April 2016

Part of a Queensland river bubbling with methane gas has burst into flames after being ignited by a Greens MP, who blames nearby coal seam gas (CSG) operations for the “tragedy in the Murray-Darling Basin”.

New South Wales Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has released vision of himself on a boat sparking a kitchen lighter above the Condamine River.

Great Barrier Reef water quality projects to be fully funded by Commonwealth: Greg Hunt

ABC News 26 April 2016

An extra $50 million will be spent on new projects to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.

CSIRO to set up climate research centre in Hobart amidst confirmed job cuts

ABC News 26 April 2016

The CSIRO will set up a national climate research centre based in Hobart for 40 full-time scientists, but more than 275 jobs will be cut from the organisation.

Scientists sniff out vehicle emissions

BBC News 20 April 2016

German scientists have developed a smart way to investigate the emissions coming out of vehicles on the road.
The Volkswagen scandal underlined the inadequacy of standard lab tests which do not reflect the exhausts produced when driving in the real world.
But the University of Heidelberg team is now getting more reliable data by following behind city cars and buses to “sniff” their tailpipe gases.

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