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Addressing the Global Water Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” In this case, Leonardo proves wise beyond measure. All humans depend on water for drinking, sanitation, and hygiene. We use it to prevent disease and stay healthy. We need it for our food sources, commerce, and industry. Yet, we are in a …

Video Q&A: Water and Sustainable Mining-An EnviroChat with Dr. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University

The mining industry impacts water resources through the heavy use of water for processing and through water pollution from discharges and seepage from tailings or waste rock impoundments. PerkinElmer’s John Martin, Environmental Segment Marketing Manager, recently moderated a one-on-one with Dr. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University. Watch the interview …

Sustainability in business is more critical than ever. Many companies are setting sustainability goals, taking definitive steps to make their operations for environmentally friendly and working to bring sustainable solutions and products to the market. In this Q&A, Suneet Chadha, VP & General Manager, Applied Markets at PerkinElmer, discusses how this global company brings sustainable …

Saying Goodbye to Forever Chemicals: New Rules to Prevent Future Contamination

Since their development in the 1940s, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been utilized in industrial applications due to their chemical stability, thermal stability, and high resistance to degradation. PFAS chemicals have been named “forever chemicals,” because they are extremely persistent, lasting thousands of years.  Significant attention has placed PFAS as a rapidly emerging environmental and …

Q&A: Environmental PFAS – the “Forever Chemical” and EPA Method 537.1

The presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in products used every day by millions of people is a growing cause of concern among both consumers and scientists. PFAS are considered “forever chemicals” and known to cause serious health issues in animals and humans. A deeper understanding of what they are and how they impact …

If you study pollutants in the air and water or control food or beverage quality, you’re probably familiar with a GC detector and know quite a bit about Gas Chromatography (GC). This article is for the rest of us. Those who may be a little familiar with the term but could use a really good …

Video Q&A: Regulating Microplastics: Mitigating Macro Risks

A conversation with Dr. Scott Coffin, California State Water Resources Control Board Recently, the State of California announced its intention to require microplastics testing be done to protect its drinking water supplies. California often plays the Canary-in-a-Coal-Mine role on environmental issues – bringing critical questions to the forefront that impact all testing labs, not just …

The Impact of Low Doses of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds on Human Health

Our endocrine glands send out chemical signals and hormones that direct almost all aspects of development, from formation of eggs and sperm onward. A significant part of hormone signaling is the turning on and off of genes, plus more physiological processes. This process is essential for all aspects of human life. An endocrine disruptor is …

Advanced Methods for Characterization of Aquatic Microplastics

Microplastics—those tiny bits of plastic less than 5 mm (<0.2 inches) in length—have become a very large problem. These minute structures are now known to be abundant in nearly every type of environment on Earth where they are affecting ecosystems and living organisms, including humans. A growing number of researchers worldwide are investigating microplastics pollution …

VIDEO Q&A: Microplastics Are On the Menu

A conversation with Dr. Jose Isagani Janairo, Professor of Biochemistry, De La Salle University, Philippines. The term “microplastics” or “nanoplastics” is frequently in the news these days. These small plastic fragments – less than 5 mm in length, can have an oversized impact on the environment. They can be consumed by the very smallest organizations …

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