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Fig. 1: The landscape of the Joux Valley (Canton Vaud) is today dominated by the lake and extensive woodlands. (Photo: Günter Fischer/Chromorange)
January 28, 2016

A lake’s sediments are a window onto the past – the various layers deposited over time can provide valuable information on changes in local environmental conditions. Read more

© Andri Bryner, Eawag
December 22, 2015

Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new study spanning six continents. Read more

Volcanic eruption. Source: Pixabay.com
November 24, 2015

According to a new international study – in which Eawag scientists played a leading role – the global climate shifted to a warmer state in the late 1980s. The research also indicates that the cooling initially caused by the eruption of El Chichón was followed by a rapid rebound in global temperatures. Read more

Fig. 1: Potable water reuse has been implemented at the Orange County Water District utility in California. This project, unlike others elsewhere in the state, did not encounter public opposition. Pictured here: the reverse osmosis system. (Photo: OCWD)
October 21, 2015

What is required to facilitate the adoption of new technologies such as potable water reuse? According to a study carried out by environmental social scientists in California, users need to see not only how an innovation benefits them personally, but also that it is compatible the community’s values and can become a routine part of daily life. Read more

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