Thursday, 28 February 2013
You can view their evidence below (from approximately 42m 25s):
Written evidence has already been submitted to the inquiry which was launched in December 2012 after the European Commission proposed a list of chemicals whose release to the environment should be controlled by wastewater treatment. In the oral evidence from science and industry, the committee heard that some of the chemicals are widely used in pharmaceutical products but their toxicity or otherwise to the environment is not yet fully understood. Furthermore the cost of their removal from wastewater has been estimated at more than £27 billion over 20 years, although such long-term investment could prove beneficial in managing future pollutant threats. Concern was also raised at the UK's position, particularly in England, in relation to the amount of water available to dilute waste.
CEH has extensive experience in water quality monitoring and in modelling chronic and extreme threats to the environment. Professor Johnson's research at CEH focuses on threats to the aquatic environment, such as posed by chemicals including endocrine disrupting substances, as well as nanoparticles and viruses. Neil Runnalls is Programme Manager of the NERC Water Security Knowledge Exchange Programme and a CEH Business Development Manager. He attended the session on behalf of Research Councils UK.
Others giving evidence included Thames Water, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the Blueprint for Water Coalition, the Marine Conservation Society and Plymouth University.
You can view the full Terms of Reference of the water quality inquiry here. The Science and Technology Committee (Commons), which is chaired by Andrew Miller MP, is due to hear more evidence next month.
Staff page of Professor Andrew Johnson, CEH
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Posted by Paulette Burns
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
And, of course we are. But if we had only done that, then no one would have been listening. The food debate has given nitrogen an opening - and a chance to explain what we can do about this pan-dimensional problem.
UNEP 1st Universal Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Forum, Nairobi, 18-22 Feb 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
"Sensitivity of tropical carbon to climate change constrained by carbon dioxide variability". DOI: 10.1038/nature11882 published by Nature
Staff page and research interests of Dr Chris Huntingford
A press release about the paper was issued by the University of Exeter
Friday, 1 February 2013
CEH has been involved in ecohydrological investigations at
Braunton Burrows in North Devon
- Carbon sequestration and biogeochemical cycling in a saltmarsh subject to coastal managed realignment (Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science)
- Eco-hydrological requirements of dune slack vegetation and the implications of climate change (Science of the Total Environment)
Another research paper published in Nature on 30 January, which was led by the Open University and featured CEH, looked at globally important tropical wetlands and carbon loss.
Wetland sites are great for nature spotting. Given our recent rainy weather, if you are out and about at a UK wetlands site over the weekend, try to stay dry! Any photos you might take are very welcome to be added to our Wetlands in the UK Flickr group.
Explaining more about this year's World Wetlands Day theme, the Ramsar Convention has produced an illustrated leaflet entitled "Wetlands Take Care of Water".
UK National Ecosystem Assessment