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Water Analysis – News and Features

Plastic pollution in the ocean.

Plastic Pollution Must Be Reduced by 5% Each Year To Meet UN Targets

Research suggests that plastic pollution must be reduced by at least 5% every year to make progress towards UN targets by the end of the century.
Three cows in a barn.

Sources of Antimicrobial Resistance in Farms Identified With Wastewater Modelling

New research has mapped wastewater flows on farms and revealed where spikes in antibiotic resistant bacteria in slurry occurs, showing that water from copper and zinc footbaths used by dairy animals can cause fluctuations.
A green river passes through trees.

Alaska Rivers Turn Copper From Melting Permafrost Minerals

Dozens of Alaska's remote rivers are turning from crystal clear blue to cloudy orange as the thawing permafrost exposes minerals.
Pint glasses filled with beer arranged on a table.

Turning Waste Beer Yeast Into Water Filters

Engineered yeast-containing hydrogel capsules could be used to remove lead from contaminated water rapidly and inexpensively. The work could be especially useful in low-income areas with high lead contamination.
Tap water pouring into a glass.

Researchers Develop Inexpensive Technology for Detecting Lead in Water

The chip-scale device could provide sensitive detection of lead levels in drinking water, whose toxicity affects 240 million people worldwide.
Soil held in cupped hands.

Monitor Soil to Better Respond to Wildfires, Say Researchers

Broader surveillance and modeling of wildfire-driven changes to soil could inform strategies for protecting wildlife and natural resources.
A shark swims towards the camera.

Mislabelled Shark Meat Ubiquitous in Australian Fish Markets

A new study has revealed widespread mislabelling of shark meat in Australian markets, including the sale of threatened species, highlighting the need for improved enforcement to protect consumers and shark populations.
A researcher collects water from a pond using a conical flask.

Water Analysis: A Pollution Solution?

Water represents a means to hydrate, wash, cook, clean and even to dispose of waste, but these activities are not without consequences. This article will discuss current areas of concern in water quality analysis and highlight some of the key techniques in detection and remediation efforts.
Bacteria with tails.

Unique Immune Component Allows Deadly Strain of Cholera To Out-Compete Other Variants

The persistence of a deadly strain of cholera that emerged in 1961 has baffled scientists. New research has shown how it has managed to out-compete other variants.
Trainee firefighters putting out a car fire using firefighting foam.

UV Method Helps To Clean Up Harmful PFAS

A new photo-electrochemical treatment method for highly contaminated water can near-completely destroy harmful pollutants introduced by firefighting foams.