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.

WWII mustard gas dumped off Cape Moreton

Brisbane Times Tony Moore April 17, 2015

More than 8000 tonnes of chemical weapons, mostly mustard gas, dumped off Moreton Island in 1945 after World War II pose little danger to the general public, according to the Department of Defence.
However the department says there has been no testing on the mustard gas shells, bombs, grenades and tear gas grenades that were dumped in deep water in two, five kilometre-wide dump zones on the ocean side of Cape Moreton.
And it remains unclear if any biological tests have ever been conducted in the nearby Cape Moreton Marine Park 70 years later.

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Herbicide levels exceed guidelines in three north Queensland creeks

ABC Rural News David Sparkes 16 April 2015

Water tests from three cane growing areas in Queensland have found herbicide chemical levels exceeding Australian guidelines.
The samples are from the Mackay, Whitsundays and Burdekin districts and the herbicides are diuron and atrazine.
Canegrowers Queensland published the information this week, after receiving updates from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

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Australian Academy of Science – Nominations for the 2016 honorific awards for scientific excellence are now open

Honorific Awards

Most honorific awards are open to any scientist normally resident in Australia. Nominations may be made by anyone in the scientific community, with the exception of the Macfarlane Burnet or the Matthew Flinders Medals and Lectures for which nominations may only be made by Academy Fellows.

Criteria and nomination forms are available under each individual award.  Awards are available for a range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, human genetics, and women in science, and include early and mid-career awards.

View the full-list of awards


Underground blaze ruled out as cause of chemicals found in Western Downs’ soil

ABC News Fidelis Rego, Belinda Sanders 13 April 2015

Authorities have ruled out an underground fire as the cause of combustible chemicals found in farmland on southern Queensland’s Western Downs.

The chemicals, including hydrogen sulphide, were found more than two metres below the surface at properties at Hopeland, south of Chinchilla, in February.

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Dayne Pratzky was an Australian battler who became an accidental coal seam gas mining activist

Gold Coast Bulletin Ryan Keen 12 April 2015THE Australian who has become the public face of those fighting against the powerful and lucrative coal seam gas industry admits he doesn’t actually enjoy the film documenting his battle. Read more

Atoms roam in search of a chemical mate

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Spinks 13 April 2015

The surprise discovery that some atoms roam around to form chemical bonds is set to turn the conventional world of chemistry on its head.

The Sydney chemists stumbled upon their findings while conducting research into why the atmosphere contains twice as many acids produced by plants – that is organic instead of industrial acids – than climate models predicted.

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Brisbane Airport in a stink over pollution gaffe

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva April 10, 2015

The Brisbane Airport Corporation has accidently listed itself as one of Queensland’s worst polluters, telling the federal government it was producing extraordinary levels of dangerous toxins.
In an embarrassing miscalculation, the airport told the government it pumped out nearly 400,000 kilograms of dangerous PM2.5 toxins during 2013/14. This was more than the combined southeast Queensland mining industry…
With the airport’s mistake taken into account, southeast Queensland’s biggest PM2.5 emitter was the BP Refinery at Pinkenba, according to self-reported data submitted to the NPI.

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