Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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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.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/upside-down-jellyfish-tool-industrial-polllution-queensland/7362266

Journal article abstract: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16301539

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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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-23/condamine-river-bubbling-methane-gas-set-alight-greens-mp/7352578

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-26/great-barrier-reef-water-quality-projects-funded-commonwealth/7357282

UCG banned immediately in Queensland, laws to follow, Mines Minister Anthony Lynham says

ABC News 18 April 2016

Underground coal gasification (UCG) will be banned in Queensland due to its environmental impact, Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham says.  There had been only three UCG pilot projects in Queensland — Carbon Energy near Dalby, Cougar Energy near Kingaroy and Linc Energy at Chinchilla.

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Microbes offer waterway rehabilitation clarity

AWA Source 18 April 2016

Studies from the university’s Mine Water and Environment Research Centre have indicated that microbes would be far easier and cheaper to use in monitoring the health of rivers than the larger animals currently used, such as aquatic insects.

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Trap and neutralize: A new way to clean contaminated groundwater

EurekAlert 13-Apr-2016

A team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have helped discover a new chemical method to immobilize uranium in contaminated groundwater, which could lead to more precise and successful water remediation efforts at former nuclear sites.
Researchers in the lab of Daniel Giammar, the Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, ran a series of experiments in a laboratory setting using water containing uranium — present in contaminated groundwater at various sites in the United States as a legacy of Cold War-era processing and waste disposal activities associated with nuclear materials production.

Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/wuis-tan041316.php

Link to journal abstract: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b06212

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