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Contamination of groundwater by the poisonous element arsenic is a major health risk for millions of people, particularly in Southeast Asia.
Up until now, identifying high risk areas has required expensive surveys based on sampling and analyzing groundwater directly from suspect areas.
A Swiss team, based at the Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, has developed [...]... Read more »
Lenny Winkel, Michael Berg, Manouchehr Amini, Stephan Hug, & C Annette Johnson. (2008) Predicting groundwater arsenic contamination in Southeast Asia from surface parameters. Nature Geoscience. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo254
Scientists are challenging the well known aphorism, “You can’t squeeze water from a stone.”
A team in Holland has shown over the course of a 20-year project that it may be possible to do just that, and in areas that would benefit the most—the world’s deserts.
Led by Peter van der Gaag of the Holland Innovation [...]... Read more »
An editorial in the January to March issue of the open access journal Environmental Research Letters calls for recognition of what the authors call the “global water system.”
Over the past decade or so, a range of disciplines has emerged that tie together significant issues related to water. Earth sciences, climate studies, watershed management and economic ... Read more »
Joseph Alcamo, Charles J Vörösmarty, Robert J Naiman, Dennis P Lettenmaier, & Claudia Pahl-Wostl. (2008) A grand challenge for freshwater research: understanding the global water system. Environmental Research Letters, 3(1), 10202. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/3/1/010202
A study of almost 400,00 births suggest that treated tap water may increase the chance of birth defects.
A UK-based research team showed that expectant women who drink water disinfected by chlorine may increase the risk of having children with birth defects including heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects.
Published June 2 in the online ... Read more »
Bing-Fang Hwang, Jouni Jaakkola, & How-Ran Guo. (2008) Water disinfection by-products and the risk of specific birth defects: A population-based cross-sectional study in Taiwan . Environmental Health, 7(1), 23. DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-7-23
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