This has been the busiest autumn ever for me. And you are to blame. ‘You’ meaning any living creature on Earth, but mainly humans as the source of the problem.
For the last three months I’ve had a huge load of work from three research projects. They all study chemical pollution in water and its surrounding ecosystems, including soil and animals.
Factors such as pollution, water use or land use threaten water systems. Contamination of water is a complex issue with implications for the environment and human health.
The SEA-on-a-CHIP project aims to analyse marine waters in real time. To achieve this, a small and flexible sensor is being developed to analyse water in situ and send the data to the land. This would provide an automated early warning system to control areas of interest.
We mentioned human health. Although seafood is considered healthy and safe food, it can transfer pollutants from the aquatic environment to humans through their diet. ECsafeSEAFOOD assesses food safety regarding selected compound families.
Moreover, the aforementioned factors combined with water scarcity may produce new and unknown effects to water resources. The Globaqua project studies these factors in rivers for an improvement in water management policies.
To sum up, scores of scientists are devoting myriads of hours to keep water ecosystems under control and ensure a good quality of seafood and clean water availability. If you want to help us, use all kind of products responsibly and mind your residues.