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Glenelg Dry Cleaners_historic_Lotsearch database, CleanUp 2019

Dusty maps, frozen photographs and crumbling tomes: developing a high-tech map of environmental contamination in Australia from historical artefacts

Date: 10 September 2019

The first Australia-wide historical land-use database for assessing site contamination has been developed from open-source and licensed historical artefacts. The new mapping system gives decision makers access to accurate data that allows them to efficiently assess the risk of potentially contaminated sites. Read More

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Modified clay locks up PFAS in soil

Date: 10 September 2019

Australian researchers have developed a technique to lock up PFAS in contaminated soil, reducing its ability to cause environmental harm. Read More

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Arsenic detected in rice around the world – including Australia

Date: 10 September 2019

Some rice being imported into Australia contains higher than the recommended levels of arsenic, absorbed from contaminated groundwater. Read More

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New method for detecting microplastics beneath our feet

Date: 09 September 2019

Researchers from CRC CARE have developed a new method to detect microplastics in the ground using infrared light and powerful visualisation software. Read More

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Australian invention provides a concrete solution to PFAS contamination

Date: 22 August 2019

Australian researchers have developed and patented an invention that prevents the spread of PFAS and other pollutants from contaminated concrete. Fire-fighting foams have contaminated concrete and soils at fire-training and commercial sites across Australia and worldwide. Many such foams contain PFAS chemicals, which can enter ecosystems and move through food chains, accumulating in animal and human bodies. Read More

Ravi Naidu tests soil for contaminants - for Wold Soil Day 2018 press release

Ignore soil pollution at humanity’s peril

Date: 05 December 2018

Soil pollution it is a major part of a wider problem that far exceeds the impact of climate change and must be taken far more seriously by the private and public sectors globally, according to one of the world’s foremost contamination scientists. Professor Ravi Naidu issued the challenge as part of his opening keynote address on Clean soils: humanity’s next great challenge at World Soil Day 2018 celebrations at the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute event in Seoul. Read More

World Soil Day Joint CRC press release teaser

On World Soil Day, Newcastle leads the way

Date: 05 December 2018

Newcastle is making a major contribution to Australia’s soil research efforts, with two soil-related Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) headquartered at the University of Newcastle. The CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) addresses environmental contamination of all kinds, with a strong focus on soil pollution, and the CRC for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) aims to improve the productivity of Australia’s agricultural land. Read More

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Clever science leads to stunning reversal of acid-sulfate soil contamination at East Trinity, Queensland

Date: 15 October 2018

Scientists involved in an 18-year project to remediate acid sulphate soils at a north Queensland site have pulled off a major accomplishment, turning the once badly acidified land into a place where mangroves, native birds and other wildlife have now returned. Read More

Kate Hughes risk communication press release October 2018

Dandelions, snowflakes and swimming pools

Date: 03 October 2018

How poor risk communication endangers our health and costs us money, and what we can do about it Read More

Phoenix Dust Storm teaser pic for Sept 2018 climate change media release.

Credit: Alan Stark (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Soiling the planet: warming soils will release more pollutants

Date: 24 September 2018

Climate change could lead to increased human exposure to heavy metals and metalloids such as mercury, arsenic and lead, as well as organic contaminants such as PFAS pollutants. Read More