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Unauthorised quarries ‘putting Ireland’s environment at risk’

There are more than 150 unauthorised quarries across Ireland, it was revealed on Wednesday.  Permission for quarries is given or refused on a number of grounds including how much environmental damage they’re likely to cause but RTÉ Investigates has found that the system is full of loopholes, delays and grey areas, resulting in Ireland’s environment being put at risk.  The programme ...
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India’s looming water crisis – a call to action for companies

Some 18% of the world’s population resides in India and they survive on just 4% of the world’s freshwater. Rapid population growth and urbanization, a growing agricultural and industrial sector, as well as climate impacts - mainly drought and flooding - are putting these limited resources under increasing strain. In fact, India’s over-exploitation of groundwater is leading to “the worst water c...
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Strong growth prospects in soil treatment and water quality monitoring find reports

The bioremediation, wider soil treatment, arsenic removal and water monitoring markets are all forecast to grow strongly to 2025, say market analysts. The first of these reports, by Research and Markets, focuses on the Bioremediation Technology & Services in global markets especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. It adds that the technology ...
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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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Reducing water scarcity by restoring contaminated groundwater aquifers

The fight against water scarcity is becoming one of the main 21st century challenges, with securing a clean supply key to efforts. The REGROUND project has developed a novel, green ground water-innovation and is ready to introduce it to European markets. Municipal, agricultural and industrial demand for water is growing worldwide. At the same time, water resources are increasingly being degra...
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How do groundwater resources underpin the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030?

Since earliest times humankind has met much of its needs for good quality water from subterranean sources. During the 20th century there was an enormous boom in waterwell construction for urban water-supply, agricultural irrigation and industrial processing – facilitated by advances in well drilling, pump technology and geological knowledge – and groundwater became a key resource supporting human ...
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Europe’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters remain under pressure – EEA report

Pollution, over-abstraction and physical alterations — such as dams and straightening — continue to harm freshwater bodies across Europe. These pressures often have a combined effect on water ecosystems, contributing to biodiversity loss and threatening the benefits that people receive from water. According to the EEA’s recent report, European waters — assessment of status and pressures 2018, o...
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Caffeine among most frequently detected emerging contaminants in groundwater

A large variety of micro-organic (MO) compounds is used in huge quantities for a range of purposes (e.g. manufacturing, food production, healthcare) and is now being frequently detected in the aquatic environment. Interest in the occurrence of MO contaminants in the terrestrial and aquatic environments continues to grow, as well as in their environmental fate and potential toxicity. However, th...
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Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems

Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems (or GDEs) are ecosystems that rely on groundwater for their continued existence. Groundwater is water that has seeped down beneath Earth’s surface and has come to reside within the pore spaces in soil and fractures in rock, this process can create water tables and aquifers, which are large storehouses for groundwater. An ecosystem is a community of living...
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Hydrology and Hydrogeology explained

Hydrologists and hydrogeologists are water scientists who study the properties of freshwater and its distribution on the continents. Together, hydrology and hydrogeology provide information on how to manage and protect freshwater, humans most essential natural resource. Hydrology and hydrogeology are distinct fields of study that employ different methods and techniques, but they overlap to p...
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