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Photo: EMCDDA
September 29, 2015

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has honoured Christoph Ort of the Urban Water Management department for one of his publications on the detection of drugs in wastewater. Read more

Artist’s impression of the NEST project: the building will change its appearance repeatedly over time. (© Empa)
September 11, 2015

An innovative building known as NEST is currently being erected by the research institutes, Empa and Eawag. The building is designed to allow entire residential units to be exchangeable. Read more

September 10, 2015

At the International Transdisciplinarity Conference in Basel on 9th September, Sabine Hoffmann, a scientist in the Environmental Social Sciences department, was awarded the “Early Career Achievement Award” for her transdisciplinary work. Read more

Rainbow trout gill cells were live-stained using molecular probes for nuclei (blue), cell membrane (green), mitochondria (red) and lysosome (magenta). These cells were healthy control cells unexposed to chemical stimuli. © Photo: Vivian Lu Tan, Eawag
August 7, 2015

Before new chemicals can be approved, environmental risk assessments have to be carried out. But conventional toxicity testing with live fish is costly and time-consuming, and new substances continue to be produced without being adequately assessed.  Read more

(Photo: Linda Strande)
July 31, 2015

Traditionally, water resource management has been in the hands of local or regional authorities, planners and users. In order to alleviate urgent worldwide water problems, scientists and politicians are increasingly calling for global approaches. Read more

Antibiotic resistance genes, in particular in freshwater systems and sewers, are increasingly seen as emerging environmental contaminants. (Photo: Eawag, Nadine Czekalski)
July 29, 2015

Antibiotic resistance genes, in particular in freshwater systems and sewers, are increasingly seen as emerging environmental contaminants. An Eawag factsheet provides an overview. Read more

The “Stop Fracking” group in Bern submits a popular initiative calling for a cantonal ban on gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing. (Photo: Green Party Bern)
June 25, 2015

The use of fracking for gas extraction is widely opposed in Switzerland. Despite the almost complete lack of concrete projects, certain cantons have already imposed bans. Read more

Trichloramine levels rise with the number of pool users. Pictured here, an indoor pool in Wuxi, China. (Photo: Sinopictures)
June 25, 2015

Chlorination of water in swimming pools leads to the formation of trichloramine, a potentially harmful compound. Read more

Anne-Marie Kurth at the field site on the restored Chriesbach stream (Canton Zurich): in the method developed by the Eawag researcher, a fibre-optic cable buried in the streambed is used for temperature measurement. (Foto: Andri Bryner)
June 23, 2015

The creation of gravel islands can contribute to the success of river restoration projects, as these structures have positive effects on exchanges between groundwater and surface water. Read more

Research for the energy turnaround (Photo: Alma Derungs/BAFU)
January 15, 2015

Mandated by the Federal Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is launching two National Research Programmes (NRPs) to explore the scientific and technological as well as the social and economic aspects of implementing Energy Strategy 2050. Read more