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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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May 16, 2013

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

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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.

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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.

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April 22, 2013

«Otto Jaag» is the name that has been given to Eawag’s new research boat, which was launched fittingly and in traditional manner on Greifensee during a modest celebration in Maur on Saturday.

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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..

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