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New suspects: sunscreens and parabens

R+D CSIC 30 years

Sunscreens are a recent addition to the list of pollutants to monitor. Thirty years ago, the technology to detect them and the techniques to see their effect on living organisms did not exist, but neither was there any thought of looking for them. The exponential growth of personal care and hygiene products incorporating sunscreens has triggered research into them.

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Oestrogens, illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals in wastewater

R+D CSIC 30 years

In 1998, scientists found out the first evidence that fish in European rivers were being "feminised" by oestrogenic pollutants in wastewater. Today, wastewater monitoring has methods to detect oestrogens, illicit drugs, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, antibiotics...

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Analysing water pollutants in situ and with a mobile phone

CSIC scientists have developed a disposable electrochemical sensor to detect contaminants in water. No sample pre-treatment is required and water can be analysed on site in the field. The sensor can be connected to a portable device, such as a mobile phone, and no specific training is needed to use it.

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Two Life projects to preserve ecosystems and endemic species

Two LIFE projects have been launched in recent weeks, one aimed to establish a strategy for tackling invasive alien flora, and the other to preserve high mountain aquatic ecosystems. In both cases, the final goal is to protect ecosystems and endemic species.

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Methodology for assessing chemical contamination in aquatic ecosystems of natural areas

It has been used to analyse waters in 21 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) in Spain, in the frame of the LIBERA Project. The methodology enables the detection of 59 different types of contaminants and will allow to assess the potential impact of this threat on the fauna in the aquatic ecosystems.

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