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More action needed to tackle mixtures of chemicals in Europe’s waters

Despite successes in addressing some of the most hazardous chemicals, more attention is needed to address the danger posed by the 'cocktail effect' of lower concentrations of chemicals in European lakes, rivers and other surface water bodies, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report released today. Europe-wide action to prevent and reduce some of the most hazardous chemicals from...
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Impact of changing climate, land & water usage on Europe’s water resources – report

In this work, an assessment of the impacts of climate change on Europe’s water resources has been performed, focusing on the effects of 2°C warming. Climate projections from 1981-2100 were run through a distributed hydrological model assuming constant land use and water demand (year 2006). In this study, the 2°C warming period of five climate change projections was analysed. As a consequence of...
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When yesterday’s agriculture feeds today’s water pollution

A study led by researchers at Université de Montréal quantifies for the first time the maximum amount of nutrients—specifically, phosphorus—that can accumulate in a watershed before additional pollution is discharged into downriver ecosystems.  That average threshold amount is 2.1 tonnes per square kilometre of land, the researchers estimate in their study published today in Nature Geoscience. "Be...
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Technologies for Monitoring, Detecting and Treating Overflows from Urban Wastewater Networks

In Ireland, the majority of urban areas are drained by combined sewer systems, which convey wastewater and stormwater in a single pipe. During rainfall events the capacity of the combined sewer system may be exceeded. A stormwater overflow (SWO) is a structure designed to divert excess flows from the sewer network, either directly or via a storm sewer system, to the receiving water. SWOs may als...
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World Water Day

World Water Day, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their he...
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Soil Recovery Waste Acceptance Criteria – EPA Draft Guidance Note

In December 2017, the EPA issued a draft Guidance Note on Soil Recovery Waste Acceptance Criteria. This guidance document applies to soil recovery facilities which exceed the operational thresholds for waste facility permits as set out in the Third Schedule of the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 821 of 2007) as amended. Facilities that exceed these th...
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Hydrogeology and Hydrogeologists

What is Hydrogeology Hydrogeology (hydro- meaning water, and -geology meaning the study of the Earth) is the area of geology that deals with the distribution and movement of groundwater in the soil and rocks of the Earth's crust (commonly in aquifers). What does a Hydrogeologist do? A hydrogeologist makes a significant contribution to the environment by working to better protect and manage ...
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River flow monitoring

Verde Environmental Consultant's Donal Hogan, Senior Hydrogeologist monitoring the river flows on the Dungourney River in Midleton, Co. Cork to run calibration checks on the automated flow monitoring station on the river on behalf of Midleton Distilleries.  
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Environmental Consulting explained

What is Environmental Consulting? Environmental consulting is often a form of compliance consulting, in which the consultant ensures that the client maintains an appropriate measure of compliance with environmental regulations. Environmental consultants work in a very wide variety of fields. Whether it be providing construction services such as hazard Assessments  or conducting environmental d...
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Water Pollution

There is a lot in the news recently on water pollution as water in hundreds of rivers, lakes, estuaries, groundwater bodies and along our coasts is failing to reach acceptable quality standards. Of the sources of pollution which are agriculture, domestic wastewater, forestry and extractive industry, the main causes of pollution are nutrient losses from agriculture and domestic wastewater discharg...
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