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Reducing food waste could save the global economy $300 billion a year
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Reducing consumer food waste could save between US$120 and 300 billion per year by 2030 according to a new report by WRAP (The Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. To achieve this would require a 20-50% reduction in consumer food waste. One third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, while the value of global consumer food ...

Fracking: leaking wells cause gas-contaminated groundwater
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Contamination of drinking water in areas close to several fracking sites in the Marcellus and Barnett Shales, USA, is caused by structural problems leading to wells leaking natural gas into aquifers, a new study suggests. The researchers measured trace amounts of chemicals, called noble gases, which formed signatures of the sources of gas contamination in over 130 samples. These findings suggest ...

European air quality in 2020: success story for PM2.5
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Levels of the air pollutant PM2.5 in Europe will continue to fall in 2020, concludes a recent study. Furthermore, deposition of nitrogen from air pollution will also drop. The outlook seems less positive for ground-level ozone, however, as large amounts of this pollutant continue drift over to Europe from other continents. This study reports on changes in air quality in Europe, focusing on three ...

Commission takes Greece to Court over poor waste water treatment presenting a risk to public health
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The European Commission is taking Greece to Court over a failure to ensure that waste water is properly treated. In the EU, Member States need adequate collection and treatment systems for urban waste water, as untreated water poses risks to human health, inland waters and the marine environment. Greece was first warned in 2010 about this particular case, which concerns areas with a population in ...

Deep-cooled Scientific Spectroscopy Camera Perfect for Low Light and Ultrafast spectroscopy
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HORIBA Scientific, global leader in Optical Spectroscopy systems, launched its new Synapse EM, a deep cooled EMCCD Scientific camera for low light and ultra-fast spectroscopy experiments. The Synapse EM is available in front and back illuminated for optimal quantum efficiency. With a sensor format of 1600 x 200 or 1600 x 400 and a pixel size of 16 microns, the Synapse EM is the ideal candidate ...

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