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Multitasking Microbe to purify wastewater

Featured Image by Ivan Bandura on Unsplash Researchers from NUS have developed a new way to treat sewage that is much simpler, cheaper and greener than existing methods. Bacteria capable of simultaneous nitrification and denitrification (SND) as well as phosphate removal could eliminate the need for separate reactors to remove nutrients from wastewater. Additionally it could alleviate competition for […]

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Water On Wall Street

Featured Image: bummelhummel Water has officially joined Wall Street to be traded as a Futures commodity. Water availability is becoming increasingly less as climate change and human activities lead to severe droughts across the world. A recent flagship report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed that about 1.2 billion people globally experienced very high […]

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Off-grid containerised water treatment plant

Featured Image:Photo by Henrique Félix on Unsplash. Poor water quality or lack of access to clean water is linked to increased child morbidity, as well as diseases, including trachoma, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disease and cancer. The World Health Organisation has estimated that access to clean and safe water and sanitation could reduce the global […]

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Lake Koocanusa needs a new limited selenium level

Featured Image: Lake Koocanusa, BC (Darren Kirby – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0). Last year’s report from the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed what had been suspected for years. The Teck’s coal mining in the Elk River Valley (in British Columbia, Canada) is sending selenium downstream to Lake Koocanusa. Even though the lake is more than a […]

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More Ice Stupas for Ladakh villagers

Featured Image: Ladakh (Trần Trung Toàn Thiện on Unsplash). Ladakh is a cold desert plateau in India where villagers are dealing with water shortages caused by shrinking glaciers, consequently meltwater comes later in the year. Ladakh is situated in India, surrounded by Pakistan and China, close to the Himalayas. The mountains are taller than the plateau […]

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LME Week 2020: Covid-19 and its impact on ESG

Featured Image: London Metal Exchange: LME Week official banner (Photo: LME) With a second lockdown starting in many countries as a result of the Covid-19 world pandemic, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns are higher than ever and seem to become an increased focus-point for sectors like the mining industry. The pandemic is likely to […]

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Rio Tinto’s Juukan Caves Disaster – The State of Play

Featured Image: Protesters gathered outside Rio Tinto’s Perth office after the blasting of the Juukan caves. (Photo: SBS Australia) You will hopefully remember that the mongrels at Rio Tinto (LSE:RIO, ASX:RIO, NYSE:RIO) blasted two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters of enormous cultural and technological significance into oblivion earlier this year, when they absolutely did not need […]

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