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July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013The 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

July 2, 2013Researchers 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

May 16, 2013Neonicotinoid insecticides have adverse effects not only on bees but also on freshwater invertebrates.

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May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013Swiss 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

April 29, 2013Despite 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

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

April 18, 2013Nanosilver 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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April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013The Swiss fishing advisory office, FIBER, run jointly by Eawag, the Federal Office for the Environment and the Swiss Fishing Association has been secured for a further three years.

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March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013The "Basel-Landschaft 21 Regional Water Supply" project will examine current contamination issues and threats to groundwater and drinking water, as well as structural shortcomings in the water supply system.

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March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013Having been heavily built up over the past century, the Chriesbach stream in Dübendorf will soon be returned to its natural state. A diverse range of animals and plants stand to benefit from this revitalisation.

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