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April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014100 of the more than 700 Swiss wastewater treatment plants can be upgraded for the elimination of micropollutants, thanks to the positive decision of the Federal council.

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March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014Florian Altermatt receives an professorships form the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The Professorship will be associated with the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zurich. The funding period is 4 years and may be extended by no more than 2 years.

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March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014Southern Switzerland emerges as a hotspot of the effects of climate change. The bark beetle is putting spruces all over Switzerland under increasing pressure and groundwater temperatures are raising.

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March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014The Blue Diversion toilet, developed by Eawag - the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, together with the Vienna-based design firm EOOS, has been awarded the innovation prize for the best applied research by the International Water Association (IWA).

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March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014Swiss watercourses contain a whole cocktail of pesticides. Of the 300 or so permitted and detectable active substances, over 100 have been discovered in water samples taken during an extensive screening process.

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February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014It 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.

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February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014Over a hundred guests took up the invitation to attend the closing event of the NFP 61 SWIP (Long-term Planning of Sustainable Water Infrastructure) on 23 January 2014.

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January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014According to the proverb, constant dripping wears away the stone, but this is not the whole story: in limestone, a significant role in the formation of fissures and caves appears to be played by microorganisms.

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January 16, 2014

January 16, 2014The question how rapidly animals, plants or microorganisms can colonize new territories is not only of interest to ecologists – the spread of invasive species can also have economic consequences, e.g. in the agricultural sector.

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January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014Kathrin Fenner from Eawag’s department of Environmental Chemistry has been awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).

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