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Water Analysis – News and Features

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Protecting Our Oceans Starts With Testing – Part Two

As we navigate through the complexities of contemporary pollution challenges, the need for innovative approaches to ocean environmental monitoring is becoming increasingly apparent.
A landfill site in Florida.

Some Landfill “Burps” Contain Airborne PFAS, Study Finds

Many municipal landfills “burp” gas from decomposing organic matter rather than letting it build up. And burps from buried waste containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can release these “forever chemicals” into the air.
A field of crops on a farm.

Researchers Find Toxic Contaminants in US Biosolid Fertilizers

Using analytical chemistry techniques, researchers screened 16 samples of biosolids from wastewater treatment facilities and have created a new list of possibly toxic contaminants commonly found in biosolids nationwide.
Trees seen across from a lake.

Half the World's Lakes Have Lost Their "Resilience"

Researchers examined the health, resilience and a mix of climate and human factors of 1,049 of the world’s largest and most important lakes. Nearly half of the studied lakes worldwide significantly lost resilience over the study period.
An assortment of vegetables.

Nitrates From Plant Sources Appear Healthier Than Those From Processed Meat

New research has found that nitrate from plant sources is associated with a lower risk of mortality while nitrate from other sources such as animal-based foods, processed meat and tap water, is linked to a higher risk of mortality.
Foam on top of brown leaves.

“Forever Chemicals” Can Penetrate Human Skin

New research proves for the first time that a wide range of PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances) – chemicals which do not break down in nature – can permeate the skin barrier and reach the body’s bloodstream.
A hand holding a cleaning sponge.

“Magic” Sponges Shed Microplastics When Scrubbed

According to research, melamine sponges shed microplastic fibers when worn down and could release over a trillion of these pollutants every month.
A pipe releasing water into a pond.

Caffeine Levels May Help Pinpoint Polluting Wastewater Leaks

Wastewater systems designed to keep harmful pollutants out of storm drainage are aging and deteriorating, sending contaminants into local bodies of water. Caffeine levels could help find the source of the leaks.
Fruits and vegetables at a supermarket.

Water Parasite Found in Supermarket Pre-Washed Vegetables

The parasite Cryptosporidium was found in over 17% of samples of pre-washed vegetables from supermarkets in South-East England.
Fish swimming among plastic waste.

New Spectroscopy Method Simplifies Measurement of Microplastics in Soil

Researchers have developed a novel yet simple method to measure N/MP concentration in different soil types using spectroscopy at two wavelengths.