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Bacteria to spot pollution
Bacteria to spot pollution
Natural sensory system such as bacteria engineered to detect pollution and placed in a self-contained portable box could be the most effective way to track pollutants .
On the heels of eels
On the heels of eels
Nobody knows the underlying biological mechanisms of the European eels migration . Thanks to an EU-funded research project called eeliad , now about toreach completion, biologists have revealed some of its secrets, including a better understanding of its biology and migration route.
Under the weather, literally
Under the weather, literally
We can blame all sorts of things on the weather. But a stomach bug?  It seems unlikely. Yet, scientists say greater quantities of rainfall and bigger storms will lead to more stomach upsets in parts of Europe.
Albert Jansen: "Making seawater drinkable"
Albert Jansen: "Making seawater drinkable"
Albert Jansen, membrane expert at the Netherland’s Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), talks about his new seawater desalinisation technology, designed to meet the increasing demand for clean drinking water.
Flood water in silico
Flood water in silico
Not all countries are equal in the face of floods. To provide support for the variety of scenarios encountered, the RAMWASS research project developed a tool for gauging and managing the dangers of floods in specific river zones.
Sacha Schlobinski: cities harmony protected from climate change
Sacha Schlobinski: cities harmony protected from climate change
Sacha Schlobinski looks to the future when working at his day job as CEO of Cismet. This software company, based in Saarbrücken, Germany, takes the lead role in the information communication technology part of SUDPLAN .
Fashion goes greener with dye cleanup tech
Fashion goes greener with dye cleanup tech
Each season the fashion industry surprises with new fabrics in a myriad of colours. Producing multi-coloured textile, however, has an environmental cost. Indeed, heavy polluting dyes find their way to the textile industry’s waste water .
Bioalchemy: turning sludge into clear water
Bioalchemy: turning sludge into clear water
The process was developed by the Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Italian National Research Council and tested and scaled-up as part the EU-funded Innowatech project We know that biological processes offer the cheapest way to treat industrial wastewater.
Henny van Lanen: “Drought response capacity and prevention to reduce future Europe's water balance vulnerability”
Henny van Lanen: “Drought response capacity and prevention to reduce future Europe's water balance vulnerability”
Climate change predictions for Europe indicate considerable changes in the water balance throughout the continent, with an increased likelihood for summer droughts in the Mediterranean, Central and South Eastern Europe.
Jean-Pierre Gattuso : “To face the negative effects of ocean acidification a large-scale solution is inevitable”
Jean-Pierre Gattuso : “To face the negative effects of ocean acidification a large-scale solution is inevitable”
By 2100 oceans, which are the largest store of carbon dioxide on the planet, are likely to be more acidic than at any time during the last 20 million years.
Martin Beniston: “We need to improve the management of water resources to avoid potential conflicts in the future”
Martin Beniston: “We need to improve the management of water resources to avoid potential conflicts in the future”
ACQWA (Assessing Climate Impacts on the Quantity and quality of WAter) is an ongoing large-scale integrating project with 35 partners, funded under the EU seventh Framework Programme, which began in 2008 and is expected to be concluded by 2013.
Christian Mittermayr: “Rapid detection of pathogens in water supply networks increases public security”
Christian Mittermayr: “Rapid detection of pathogens in water supply networks increases public security”
Dr. Christian Mittermayr from Lambda GmbH is the Coordinator of the EU research project DINAMICS, involving major European stakeholders from the relevant branches, end users and production system suppliers, ICT providers, SMEs and academic and research institutes.
Nanotechnological innovations can improve water purification
Nanotechnological innovations can improve water purification
Membranes for water purification are used in many applications and different types of membranes are being developed at the moment. No membrane can filter and purify water entirely, but improvements using novel kinds of membranes are made.
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks
In the 21st century several countries have suffered great losses after terrorist attacks. Although the risk of bioterrorist attacks or accidental contamination of our water supply network is low, the consequences could be fatal.
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated Water
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated Water
The technology uses several nano-biological sensors to monitor the presence of several bioterrorism agents in drinking water.
Nano Filtered Water
Nano Filtered Water
The filter could be used to recycle sewage on a space station, but the main focus is the use of ultra pure water in the fabrication of semiconductors.
Safe Drinking Water
Safe Drinking Water
Worldwide the water supply sector is facing tremendous challenges due to global warming and climate change, urbanisation, and increasing water stress and pollution of raw water sources.
Credits: EU project WADI
Airborne water leak detection using an innovative ‘Triangle method’
This year is on course to be one of the hottest since measurements began and Europe saw its joint second warmest June on record .
Climate change resilience through better water management
Climate change resilience through better water management
This year the United Nations (UN) has decided to link the World Water Day to the climate change challenge. Global warming puts a lot of pressure on water cycle and, in some cases, threatens the people’s access to this precious resource and sanitation services.
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