Media releases

Tuesday 19 September

Removing PFAS an award-winning idea

A process to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated water has won the 2017 CARE award, which recognises sustainable technologies and innovations in the area of contamination assessment and remediation of the environment.
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Wednesday 13 September

Many disasters, few solutions: chemical contamination needs ‘Paris-like agreement’

The head of a global forum has called for a Paris-like international agreement to combat chemical contamination, which he says has five times the impact of climate change. Professor Ravi Naidu, Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), told the CleanUp 2017 global forum this week that a clean Earth is humanity’s next great challenge.
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Plumbing the depths: lead in soil leads to increased crime
Children exposed to lead in soil are more likely to commit crime as young adults, an international conference in Melbourne will hear today. Dr Mark Cave, from the British Geological Survey, will present results at the CleanUp 2017 global forum showing lead contamination in an urban area results in increased crime.
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Lead contamination in Australia: where, why and could it be causing crime?
The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) hosted a media briefing from the CRC CARE CleanUp2017 conference, discussing the link between lead in soils and crime, featuring Dr Mark Cave from the British Geological Survey and Ms Hannah Mikkonen from RMIT University and CDM Smith. An audio recording is available via AusSMC.


Tuesday 12 September

Winning students have the write stuff for a cleaner future
Winners of the CRC CARE High School Essay Competition are mingling with researchers at the CleanUp 2017 global forum tonight on their journey to a safer, cleaner environmental future.
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Medical technology joins the fight against pollution
Technologies that have been pioneered for medicine, such as detection of infectious diseases and cancer, and genetic testing, have been adapted for environmental clean up.
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Monday 11 September

Any property, any suburb, any town: how ice contaminates thousands of properties
Tens of thousands of Australians are living and working in properties that may be contaminated by methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, affecting their health and wellbeing.
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CleanUp 2017 Media alert

Chemical weapons, climate change, asbestos, and PFAS: Global forum to clean up the environment
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