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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Grazier affected by sulphuric acid spill asks Queensland Rail and Incitec Pivot for long-term soil and water testing

ABC Rural Hailey Renault 10 February 2016

A north-west Queensland cattle producer whose dam was contaminated by sulphuric acid during a train derailment is asking for ongoing water and soil testing to ensure his land is left in a healthy state.
Police estimated up to 31,500 litres of acid spilled from a 26-carriage freight train after it came off its tracks east of Julia Creek on December 27.
A dam on Garomna Station, owned by Nigel Simmons, was contaminated by the acid spill and has been off limits to livestock since the incident.

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CSIRO head Larry Marshall defends climate research cuts as angry scientists protest in Melbourne

Sydney Morning Herald 8 February 2016

CSIRO head Larry Marshall has sought to defend deep cuts to climate science programs after days of sustained criticism, saying global warming research was “one piece of a much larger puzzle” in solving Australia’s biggest challenges.

His defence came as dozens of scientists, including some whose jobs are under threat at CSIRO, rallied in Melbourne, warning the cuts would hurt Australia’s ability to address the climate change threat.

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CSIRO cuts draw wide-ranging ire

Australian Water Association [5 February 2016?]

Plans for a sweeping revamp of the CSIRO’s climate and water divisions have been met with a hail of criticism, with up to 350 positions in the firing line.

Recently installed CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall wrote to staff on Thursday morning with news of an organisational restructure that would affect 350 positions over the next two years, primarily in the Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions.

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Air travellers could drink ‘battery water’ AAP 2 February 2016

Passengers with a low-cost airline could be served water created as a waste product from hydrogen batteries under plans for a zero-emissions fuel system.

Budget airline easyJet made the claim as it unveiled designs for a hybrid plane which could be trialled this year.

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Experts offer new approach to prioritizing research on the environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals

(Wiley 27 January 2016) Researchers have developed a new way to prioritize investigations on the environmental impacts of the estimated 1500 active pharmaceutical ingredients currently in use.

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Single molecule detection of contaminants, explosives or diseases now possible

(Penn State 11 January 2016) A technique that combines the ultrasensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with a slippery surface invented by Penn State researchers will make it feasible to detect single molecules of a number of chemical and biological species from gaseous, liquid or solid samples. This combination of slippery surface and laser-based spectroscopy will open new applications in analytical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, environmental monitoring and national security.

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Gladstone Harbour health rated satisfactory in latest Healthy Harbour Partnership report card

ABC News Alyse Edwards, Harriet Tatham, Jess Lodge 2 February 2016

The latest Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership report card ranked the region’s waterways as  “satisfactory” on environmental, economic, social and cultural health.

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