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September 18, 2013

Over 3,000 participants visited the 23rd Stockholm World Water Week last week from 1st to 5th September. The theme of the week was “Water Partnerships”. The Swiss Water Partnership had a stand there for the first time, jointly organized by and containing information from nine Swiss organisations.. Read more

Vietnamesische Wissenschafter sammeln Grundwasserproben auf einem Feld bei Hanoi (© Eawag)
September 11, 2013

The 6.5 million inhabitants of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, are facing a growing threat: as more and more water is pumped from a deep – previously uncontaminated – aquifer, arsenic‑laden water from shallow sediments is advancing towards the city’s wells.. Read more

September 3, 2013

Dübendorf/Leipzig. Researchers at Eawag, the Swiss aquatic research institute and colleagues from Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), have discovered a protein which transports chemicals out of the embryo of the zebrafish and in this way protects the embryo against toxic substances. Read more

August 22, 2013

Arsenic-laden groundwater used for cooking and drinking could pose a risk to the health of almost 20 million people across China. Read more

July 3, 2013

In René Schwarzenbach’s view, research should not be confined to one’s own discipline and should venture beyond the bounds of academia. Only a transdisciplinary approach can broaden scientific horizons and promote dialogue with stakeholders and society. Read more

July 2, 2013

The Micropol & Ecohazard 2013 Conference came to an end on 20 June 2013. Over 350 participants from around 40 countries gathered together in Zurich at the invitation of the Eawag organisation committee and under the direction of Prof. Hansruedi Siegrist, to learn about the latest developments in the analysis, behaviour and elimination of micropollutants in the urban water cycle. Read more

July 2, 2013

Researchers at Cornell University (United States) and Eawag (Switzerland) discovered a general and flexible method to understand how insects may use non-native plants in their diet. The method could accurately predict the use of >400 non-native plants as larval hostplants by 900 different herbivorous butterfly and moth species native to Europe. Read more

May 16, 2013

Neonicotinoid insecticides have adverse effects not only on bees but also on freshwater invertebrates. Read more

May 15, 2013

Swiss households are prepared to pay 100 francs more a year for the removal of micro-pollutants from bodies of water, making the planned extension of water treatment plants also economically justifiable. Climate change is leading to greater oxygen depletion, with both water quality and infrastructure suffering as a result. Read more

April 29, 2013

Despite melting glaciers, Switzerland faces no shortage of water, even in the long term. Currently only 5% of available annual precipitation is used for the water supply. Read more