Contaminants

aerial view of coast with plume in water

A huge amount of effort is going into protecting the Great Barrier Reef - often the kilometres away from where the coral is actually living. Researchers now have a better understanding of the system of erosion and sediment transport processes connecting agricultural land with water quality in the Reef. Critical to improving land management practices.

students taking notes and water samples on the steps leading into a river

Research exchange in India is expanding the investigation into what the World Health Organisation names as one of the greatest threats to human health – antimicrobial resistance.

They’re one of the strongest bonds in chemistry and are not only unique in the way they can be used to fight fire, but unique in the way they leach through soils into the environment. A new paper suggests understanding first how PFAS chemicals behave in soils requires a large-scale soils study and, perhaps, a global research effort if we’re to work towards a solution.

A cell coloured green

A study conducted by CSIRO has provoked a rethink on how best to treat water to eradicate a deadly amoeba sometimes found in the water supply.

ship at sea with black oil spill in the water

A new handbook on monitoring oil spills offers shipping companies guidance on how to respond to an oil spill and assess any environmental damage.

women working in rice paddies

In India and Nepal, better water management is helping to improve and secure the economic prospects for rural women.

wide shot of a water treatment pool

Some active ingredients in pharmaceuticals that pass into our sewage systems are resistant to waste water treatment and can affect the health of irrigated plants.

A pelican sitting on the edge of a fish pen in the ocean

A free online modelling tool that simulates the movement of oil spills and fish spawning is attracting a surprising range of users.

A bulk carrier on bright blue water

Spotting an oil spill in a 2,300 km long marine park is no easy task, but new remote sensing technology is set to change that.