February 25, 2014
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Ecotoxicity: All clear for silver nanoparticles?

It has long been known that, in the form of free ions, silver particles can be highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Yet to this day, there is a lack of detailed knowledge about the doses required to trigger a response and how the organisms deal with this… Continue reading

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December 4, 2013
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Silkworms spin colored silks while on a ‘green’ dyed-leaf diet

For some 5,000 years, cultivated silkworms have been spinning luxurious white silk fibers destined for use in the finest clothing. But current dyeing practices produce wastewater that contains Continue reading

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October 29, 2013
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Extracting energy from bacteria: Microbial electrode catalysts that turn wastewater into watts

Most of us wouldn’t consider bacteria a promising energy source of the future. That would be shortsighted according to a microbial-electrochemist who believes that the focus of his research — Continue reading

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September 24, 2013
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New adsorbent is more effective and environmentally friendly for treating wastewater

A new adsorbent for removing emerging contaminants from wastewater that is more effective, reusable and eco-friendly, has been Continue reading

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September 5, 2013
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Rising reuse of wastewater in forecast but world lacks data on ‘massive potential resource’

Amid growing competition for freshwater from industry and cities, coupled with a rising world shortage of potash, nitrogen and phosphorus, an international study predicts a rapid increase in the use of treated wastewater for farming and other purposes … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013
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Using a form of ‘ice that burns’ to make potable water from oil and gas production

In the midst of an intensifying global water crisis, scientists are reporting development of a more economical way to use one form of the “ice that burns” to turn very salty wastewater from fracking and other oil and gas production methods into water f… Continue reading

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July 26, 2013
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Removing pollutants and contaminants from wastewater

Scientists have developed several effective processes for eliminating persistent pollutants from wastewater. Some of these processes generate reactive species which can be used to purify even highly polluted landfill leachate while another can also rem… Continue reading

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April 9, 2013
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Measuring microbes makes wetland health monitoring more affordable, says researcher

Tiny, unseen wetland creatures provided crucial indicators of the ecosystems’ health in a new study. Using analysis of the microbiological health of wetlands is cheaper and faster than traditional assessments, and could lead to improvements in harnessi… Continue reading

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March 26, 2013
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2011 Oklahoma temblor: Wastewater injection spurred biggest earthquake yet, study says

A new study is the latest to tie a string of unusual earthquakes, in this case, in central Oklahoma, to injection of wastewater underground. Researchers now say that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Prague, Okla., on Nov. 6, 2011, may also be the larg… Continue reading

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March 5, 2013
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New method for greenhouse gas predictions

Pulp and paper producers are among Canada’s most important industries and also one of the largest producers of wastewater. Researchers are now estimating the greenhouse gas emissions in this wastewater. Continue reading

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February 25, 2013
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Fish gill-inspired water management system wins student design contest

The biomimetic design could increase water delivery efficiency, decrease water-borne illness, and lower wastewater operating costs. Continue reading

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February 14, 2013
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Fish become bolder and more gluttonous from mood-altering drug residue in water

Anxiety-moderating drugs that reach waterways via wastewater create fearless and asocial fish that eat more quickly than normal. These behavioral changes can have serious ecological consequences. Continue reading

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February 14, 2013
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Sewage lagoons remove most — but not all — pharmaceuticals

Many rural communities in the United States use aerated lagoon systems to treat their wastewater. In a new study, researchers determined the effectiveness of rural lagoon systems at removing drugs, chemicals and hormone contaminants from the sewage bef… Continue reading

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October 26, 2012
by Cai Steger
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National Academies: Algae Biofuels aren’t sustainable…yet

Cai Steger, Energy Policy Analyst, New York, Center for Market Innovation
This week, the National Academy of Sciences released a report on the Sustainability of Algae Biofuels, the drafting of which I had the privilege to be a part of a… Continue reading

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July 17, 2012
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How a polluted winery became a model of sustainable practices

The oldest winery in the US was transformed over the course of eight years by rethinking its relationship with water, aerating its wastewater and using renewables.

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March 2, 2011
by Kate Sinding
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NYT fracking series reveals need for toxic waste rules, wake up call for New York

Yesterday, The New York Times released the second installment of its investigative series on the dangers associated with natural gas production using hydraulic fracturing. The latest piece looks at fellow Marcellus Shale states – Pennsylvania and… Continue reading

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