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VIDEO Q&A: A Macro View at Microplastics in Water

A chat with Professor Pennie Lindeque, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK. The term “microplastics” was first introduced in 2004 and refers to any type of plastic fragment that is less than 5 mm in length. That’s smaller than the number printed on the front of a credit card. There are two types of microplastics – primary …

Recycling Water is Only One Step in Protecting the Environment

According to the United Nations (UN), global water demand is expected to continue increasing; in part by the world’s growing population, but also because industrial and domestic sectors are raising their demands. In addition to increased demand from the current supply, the UN says there are over two billion people who live in countries experiencing …

Become an Agile Environmental Lab: Part III, Artificial Intelligence

In laboratories around the world, artificial intelligence (AI) is being paired with robotic and automated technologies to expand the scope of science by harnessing machine learning (ML) and hypothesis generation to improve experimental design and data analysis. The environmental testing industry has suffered recently a period of consolidation, intense price competition, and declining profitability-and labs …

Become an Agile Environmental Lab: Part II, Cloud Computing

Environmental testing labs are under enormous pressure to reduce the cost and turnaround time for analytical services-and to help, technologies such as cloud computing should be rapidly adopted. Advances in remote communications technologies have been successfully implemented to facilitate communication with and between personnel and customers, maintain instrument operations, and critical data flow and manage …

Become an Agile Environmental Lab: Automation

As environmental testing laboratories innovate and evolve, the regulations that govern sampling methods also adapt—new and stricter detection limits are established, and emerging contaminants are added to screening lists. These laboratories are constantly under enormous pressure to reduce the cost and turnaround time for analytical services—and any technologies that can help should be rapidly adopted. …

SETAC EU Conference Review

In 2019, 81.8 million tons of environmentally hazardous chemicals and 208 million tons of chemicals hazardous to human health were produced.1 To mitigate the effects of these contaminants and prevent health risks, governments continuously run risk assessments to keep regulations up to date. At the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s annual meeting for Europe …

The Water Crisis: Can We Solve This? – A Chat with Dr. Peter Scales, Professor Emeritus, University of Melbourne Fresh, safe, potable water is a resource that experts have been warning has been diminishing for years. One of the best solutions to replenish the supply is to re-use our wastewater-but there are concerns about the …

Global Environmental Sciences Summit Welcomes Experts From Around the World, Online

Obviously, COVID-19 limited business travel. No more in-person conferences or trade shows. In the big picture of the Corona Crisis, this seems like a benign side-effect, however prolonged interruption of the science that affects our shared, global environment could have an impact sooner than later. The environmental challenges that existed prior to this pandemic still …

VIDEO Q&A: Refreshing, Recycling, and Reusing Water – Part 2

The Water Crisis: Being More Efficient – A Chat with Dr. Peter Scales, Professor Emeritus, University of Melbourne Fresh, safe, potable water is a resource that experts have been warning has been diminishing for years. One of the best solutions to replenish the supply is to re-use our wastewater-but there are concerns about the best …

The Importance of a Business Continuity Plan in Environmental Contract Testing Labs

In uncertain times, having a strong business continuity plan can make a big difference when it comes to responding to unplanned, and uninvited disruptions to everyday business operation. The benefits of robust preparation can be both immediate and long term. While business continuity planning is an important way to plan for, manage, and mitigate risks …

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