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Water Pollution

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Coverage of water pollution since January 18, 2021.

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Reliably measuring whether rivers or lakes run out of air

"...Using the conventional measurement method, water samples are mixed with the chemicals permanganate or dichromate. These are especially reactive and break down all organic substances in a short time. The quantity of consumed permanganates or dichromates can then be used to determine how much organic substance was contained in the water sample..."

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LETTER: Langley student calls on public to take action to stop pollution

"...As you can see, our home might become a whole mess during the incident with pollution. There is air pollution that can lead to global warming. There is water pollution which is making animal extinction get worse..."

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Opinion: Pay attention to Kenney's coal consultations

"...An apparently contrite Minister of Energy finally promised public consultation over the issue, but she didn’t cancel massive new coal leases and destructive exploration programs. Although she said mountain-top strip mining would never be allowed in Alberta, government officials later clarified that only meant entire mountain tops wouldn’t be removed — slim comfort to Albertans concerned about land devastation and water pollution..."

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Shell-mounted motion sensors turn mussels into pollution detectors

"...When toxins are present in a waterway, freshwater mussels are one of the first creatures to react. A new mussel-mounted sensor has been designed with this in mind, as a means of catching water pollution early. Mussels feed by opening up their shells, then filtering tiny organisms out of the water..."

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NASA images reveal important forests and wetlands are disappearing in Belize

"..."Broad-scale global studies show that tropical deforestation and wetland destruction is occurring rapidly, which contributes to climate change in multiple ways such as through greenhouses gas increases," said Timothy Beach, the study's co-author and professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin. "These also lead to more runoff and water pollution in much of the Global South. Belize has served as our long-term environmental research laboratory for this global dilemma..."

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Work scheduled for March 8 as part of $48.5M French Creek Pollution Control Centre expansion project

"...Tree clearing and grubbing will take place March 8 for the French Creek Water Pollution Control Centre upgrade and expansion project. (PQB News file photo)..."

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USC study shows promising potential for marine biofuel

"...The National Research Council has indicated that generating biofuels from feedstocks like corn and soybeans can increase water pollution. Farmers use pesticides and fertilizers on the crops that can end up polluting streams, rivers and lakes. Despite those well-evidenced drawbacks, 7% of the nation's transportation fuel still comes from major food crops..."

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More than half of Earth's rivers strongly impacted by human activity

"...Few of Earth's freshwater areas remain untouched by humans. More than half of the planet's freshwater river basins have been heavily impacted by human activities, according to a new study, which presents a novel, multi-faceted approach for evaluating biodiversity change at a global scale. Although rivers and lakes cover less than 1% of the planet's surface, they support a substantial component of the planet's biodiversity, including a quarter of Earth's vertebrates..."

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Carbon: Getting to net zero -- and even net negative -- is surprisingly feasible, and affordable

"...The cost figures would be lower still if they included the economic and climate benefits of decarbonizing our energy systems. For example, less reliance on oil will mean less money spent on oil and less economic uncertainty due to oil price fluctuations. Climate benefits include the avoided impacts of climate change, such as extreme droughts and hurricanes, avoided air and water pollution from fossil fuel combustion, and improved public health..."

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Mayor, councillor, First Nations speakers join NDP fight against Alberta coal plan

"...Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman also said he was worried about water pollution and what that could do to farming, ranching and food processing businesses in southern Alberta.  ..."

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A 'Pathway for Survival' Emerges for Coral Reefs

"...During the 2015-2016 El Niño, unusually warm Pacific waters caused droughts, flooding and the worst global coral bleaching event on record. This type of marine heatwave is driving catastrophic coral loss across the world’s oceans, but new research offers a glimmer of hope for coral reef survival..."

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Scientists present novel approach for monitoring freshwater health

"...Rowers and swimmers in Cambridge are regularly affected by waterborne infections such as Weil's disease, sometimes leading to public closures of the city's iconic waterways. Monitoring the microbial species in freshwater can help indicate the presence of disease-causing microorganisms and even water pollution. But traditional tests for freshwater bacteria often require well-equipped laboratories and complex methods for growing colonies of individual bacterial species..."

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Jobs in water pollution

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Sewage Treatment Plant Operator I - Comox Valley Regional District (Courtenay, BC)

"...Experienced in the operation, maintenance and repair of wastewater systems with over one up to two years of related experience, including knowledge of related procedures, bylaws, methods, tools and equipment;..."

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Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator III - City of Salmon Arm (Salmon Arm, BC)

"...Surrounded by rolling hillsides, Salmon Arm is rich in culture and arts and enjoys a full complement of excellent recreation and community facilities including a modern City Hall..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water pollution.

2020 Business (Small/Med) Nature Inspiration Award?ULAT Dryer Balls

"...ULAT was founded in 2011 by Jennifer LeBrun as an eco-friendly company?its processes contribute to energy conservation efforts and the reduction of water pollution..."

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The Water Cycle and Water Pollution | Essentials of Environmental Science

"...Welcome to our Learning series about the essentials of environmental science..."

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Grow your clothing? Grass dress, algae shoes, kombucha fabric

"...The textile industry is the second most polluting after oil, and contributes to 20% of water pollution worldwide, but Pistofidou believes in order to make change one has to create new materials and machines that can work within the current system..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about water pollution relevant to the latest news.

Algae and their potential for a future bioeconomy, landless food production, and the socio-economic impact of an algae industry

"...Despite being a comparatively new branch of agriculture, algae production is often considered to be a solution to many food security-related problems, such as land scarcity, climate change, inefficient and unsustainable fertilizer usage, as well as associated nutrient leakage and water pollution..."

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A Journey of Laser-Induced Graphene in Water Treatment

"...The demand for clean water is increasing due to the increasing population, water pollution, economic development, and climate change..."

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Wastewater reclamation and reuse potentials in agriculture: towards environmental sustainability

"...In relation to reclamation, conventional wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove organic matter, total solids, and nutrients but fail to remove the emerging micropollutants..."

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Integrated valuation of semiarid Mediterranean agroecosystem services and disservices

"...The water supply for irrigation switches between AES and AEDS depending on its provision level, while groundwater pollution is conceived as one of the AEDS..."

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Simulation effects of clean water corridor technology on the control of non-point source pollution in the Paihe River basin, Ch

"...Clean water corridor technology (which provides water quality assurance and pollution load reduction from the Major Science and Technology Program for Water Pollution Control and Treatment) is a river pollution control and treatment measure..."

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An insight review of lignocellulosic materials as activated carbon precursor for textile wastewater treatment

"...Among the conventional technologies currently in use for heavy metals removal, the adsorption offers an economical and eco-friendly approach for textile wastewater treatment..."

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Variations of Concentration Characteristics of Rainfall Runoff Pollutants in Typical Urban Living Areas

"...Rainfall causes the erosion of pollutants on the underlying surface so that water pollution begins when rainfall runoff occurs, and the pollution level drops over time..."

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Integration of Water Management and Urban Design for Climate Resilient Cities

"...Urban design can play a key role in addressing a wide range of climate-related water challenges such as water pollution, water scarcity, floods, land subsidence, storm water management, ecosystem services and public health..."

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Olive mill wastewater treatment and valorization by extraction/concentration of hydroxytyrosol and other natural phenols

"...It contains high concentrations of organic compounds mainly phenols which cause environmental problems for the ecosystem, such as soil contamination and water pollution..."

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Cleaning the river Damodar (India): impact of COVID-19 lockdown on water quality and future rejuvenation strategies

"...The river Damodar has historical significance and lifeline for huge population of Jharkhand and West Bengal state of India but in the recent years the water quality has been deteriorated due to untreated industrial effluents and urban sewage..."

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Green method of stemming the tide of invasive marine and freshwater organisms by natural filtration of shipping ballast water

"...Marine and freshwater pollution caused by transport of invasive species in shipping ballast water is a major global problem and will increase in magnitude as shipping of commodities increases in the future..."

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