People living near hazardous waste sites that contain sulfuric acid are at greater rick of exposure by breathing contaminated air than is the general public. Breathing sulfuric acid mists can result in tooth erosion and respiratory tract irritation.
Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Maine Microplastics’ Concentration Similar to Australia’s Surrounding Waters
Plastics represent the vast majority of human-made debris present in the oceans. However, their characteristics, accumulation zones, and transport pathways remain poorly assessed. We characterised and estimated the concentration of marine plastics in waters around Australia using surface net tows, and inferred their potential pathways using particle-tracking models and real drifter trajectories.
A derailed freight train that spilled tens of thousands of litres of sulphuric acid in north-west Queensland is set to undergo further tests amid fears the toxic cargo will contaminate nearby water.
A pair of Australians have launched an Indiegogo campaign for an automated marina rubbish collector dubbed Seabin. The device, which addresses the issue of ocean pollution on an introductory scale, is so deceptively simple yet ingenious that it makes you wonder why it hasn’t been created until now.
Many factors contribute to lower life expectancy, including lack of access to primary health care and treatment, poverty and overcrowded housing. Many people living in remote communities of Australia have a lower life expectancy than those living metropolitan Australia, and one of the reasons for this could be lack of access to sufficient clean, safe water, according to a press release.
Study Shows Widespread Contamination in Central NSW and Other Areas From Use of Lead in Water Supply Pipelines
A new study has found use of lead solder joints in an above ground water supply pipeline has resulted in environmental contamination across a 70km stretch of land in central New South Wales.
A new report on water supplies in Tasmania’s north-east suggests ageing pipes could be the major source of lead contamination.
While the state is a long way from copying a foreign system with different property-rights laws and the world’s only large-scale market for trading water, Marcus and about a dozen other state officials met in Sacramento with an Australian delegation in December to gather ideas. Some, like mandated monitoring and conservation, were among the emergency measures imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown this month.
MidCoast Water says it has launched an independent investigation after an equipment failure resulted in a chlorine overdose in Gloucester’s water supply.
Parents and pregnant women should take care when drinking tap water in Batemans Bay after a university study found higher than recommended levels of toxic lead in samples from the region.
Walgett Shire Council says it has only about 70 days of water supply left.
New industry advice that will place Australia at the global cutting edge in the clean-up of petroleum-based contaminants in groundwater was today released by the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE).