Category Archives: Heavy metals / trace elements

Environment and biological, Trace metals and heavy metals, trace elements in environmental samples, trace metals in biological materials.
Queensland focus.

Victorian unconventional gas exploration ban to end fracking and CSG extraction

ABC News 30 August 2016

The Victorian Government is introducing legislation to permanently ban exploration and development of unconventional gas in the state, including coal seam gas and fracking.  The legislation — the first of its kind in Australia — will be introduced into State Parliament later this year.

Premier Daniel Andrew said the ban would protect the reputation of Victoria’s agriculture sector and alleviate farmers’ concerns about environmental and health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking.

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Pump crews work at abandoned silver mine to keep toxic spill out of Murray-Darling Basin

ABC News Mark Willacy 25 August 2016

Queensland Government officials have taken emergency action to stop massive mine storage ponds on the Queensland-New South Wales border discharging heavy metals into the Murray-Darling system, the ABC can reveal.
Heavy rainfall this week threatened to trigger a spill of the processing ponds and dams at the Texas silver mine in southern Queensland.
The mine’s storage sites hold about 240 million litres of by-products such as copper, aluminium, iron, manganese, zinc and nickel.
Queensland’s Environment Department is managing the site after its former owners went broke and abandoned the mine last year.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-25/emergency-action-taken-to-prevent-texas-heavy-metal-discharge/7784224

Event – Australian Academy of Science

The Science of Life and Death – Queensland Museum, South Brisbane 16 September 2016

Come and join us for a look at the science of MURDER!

Poisons, venom and a peek in to what makes a killer.

Come and take a dark and intriguing look at the history of poisons and venoms in war; the ingredients that make a murderer; modern murders with strange new weapons; and ways in which we’re using poison to murder cancer cells.

Join MC Bernie Hobbs to learn more, as Dr Aaron Sell pulls back the curtain on the mind of a murderer, Dr Harendra Parekh peers into poison, and Associate Professor Bryan Fry shares what he’s learned from a life studying venom.

When: Doors open at 6pm on Friday 16 September, talk begins at 6:30pm.
Where: Queensland Museum – Corner Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane.

We hope you can join us for an evening of science to die for…

Grab your tickets for the event . General admission is $35, concession tickets are $25.

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Conference Alert – International Conference in Medicine and Public Health

International Conference in Medicine and Public Health; 20-23 September 2016; Melbourne Australia

All aspects of Medicine, Public Health and Biological Sciences including: – Anatomy; Parasitiology, Pathology, Genetics, Forensic Science, Public Health, Environmental and Health Science Biology, Pharmacology of chemical elements, Molecular biology, Chemical pathology, Microbiology

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Conference Alert – International Conference on Environment, Chemistry and Biology

5th International Conference on Environment, Chemistry and Biology; 26-28 November 2016; Sydney Australia

ICECB 2016 is sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES). It is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of Environment, Chemistry and  Biology. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Environment, Chemistry and  Biology related techniques.

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Excess nickel in creek near Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery

The Courier-Mail | Jessica Marszalek 5 August 2016

ELEVATED levels of nickel have been found in sediment around Clive Palmer’s Townsville nickel refinery amid an ongoing investigation into ­excessive ammonia in the same creek.

The Courier-Mail can reveal authorities were notified on Wednesday of the elevated levels by Queensland Nickel Sales (QNS) during routine monitoring. The concerning results showed up in the sediment at Blind Creek, but not in the water.

Environment Minister Steven Miles said QNS would now be required to provide ­additional information to the regulator within 10 business days.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/excess-nickel-in-creek-near-clive-palmers-queensland-nickel-refinery/news-story/846add6e4410ec2f3dbbd0bafd4078db

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Deception Bay school poisoning: Authorities probe how toxic flame colourant was given to students

ABC News 2 August 2016

An investigation is underway into how a chemical substance was mistaken for popping candy and ended up poisoning 25 children at a primary school north of Brisbane.

Paramedics were called to Deception Bay North State School about 2:20pm on Monday after Year 4 students, aged about 9 and 10, complained of sore throats and nausea after eating an unknown substance.

Police believe a student brought to school a packet of Mystical Fire, a copper-based product that can be used to colour the flames of wood-burning fires.

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Primary school students become ill after eating Mystical Fire flame colorant mistaken for lollies  (ABC News 1 August 2016)

Twenty-five children have become ill after eating a flame colorant mistaken for popping candy at a primary school north of Brisbane.