News archive

Failed to load

Silberionen greifen in den Zellstoffwechsel der Grünalge Chlamydomas reinhartii (Bild) ein und beeinträchtigen etwa die Fotosynthese.
February 25, 2014

It has long been known that, in the form of free ions, silver particles can be highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Yet to this day, there is a lack of detailed knowledge about the doses required to trigger a response and how the organisms deal with this kind of stress. Read more

Gola di Lago
January 8, 2014

Natural wetlands are well-known for their large share in global methane emissions via biological processes but until now it has not been investigated if wetlands could also be important emitters of trace elements. 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 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

May 16, 2013

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

April 18, 2013

Nanosilver in wastewater can cause severe environmental damage if it occurs as a metal. A study conducted within the scope of the National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64) now shows that nanosilver is quickly transformed into less problematic substances on its way to the wastewater treatment plant.. Read more

November 28, 2012

The Sun determines the course of the planets. But the planets may also exert an influence on the Sun. Their configurations appear to be responsible for long-term cycles of increased solar activity. Read more

October 12, 2012

On 2nd October 2012 the foundation stone was laid in the Neugut water treatment plant for the first ozonation facility in Switzerland. Read more