Webinar – Analysis of Environmental Contaminants in Water Using an Agilent 6470 LC/TQ Instrument

Mark your calendar guys for Wednesday April 12th 2017  at 3.00 PM for the above mentioned Webinar on the new 6470 LC/TQ from Agilent Technologies which would be used for the detection of several pharmaceuticals and pesticides in surface waters.

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For decades now, the most common detected environmental contaminants in water are pesticides and pharmaceuticals. Because these types of organic compounds are mostly polar, liquid chromatography mass spectrometry has been the methodology of choice for their analysis. Usually a sample preparation step such as solid-phase extraction has been necessary for the detection of these contaminants at low ng/L. However, with the advent of newer and more sensitive instruments, this step can be omitted while still achieving these low detection limits. In this session we’ll show some examples of compounds identified in surface waters at these concentration levels and how to optimize the best conditions and parameters for their optimal detection.

In this session, we’ll focus on the use of the new 6470 LC/TQ instrument from Agilent Technologies for the sub ng/L level detection of several pharmaceuticals and pesticides in surface waters. Examples of optimization of several source parameters and voltages will be shown for the ionization of specific analytes, including hormones. Also, quantitation using larger volume injections (100uL) will be shown for the direct analysis of contaminated water samples.

What you will learn:

  • How to optimize intrinsic source parameters in MassHunter software
  • Large volume injection (100uL) considerations
  • Learn to choose best product ions with Optimizer software
  • Method development techniques
  • A list of the most commonly detected pharmaceuticals in surface and drinking waters


Persons interested in this webinar, please register here, in order to save your space and access additional information from Agilent Technologies. Clicking on the link will also provide additional information on the webinar.


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Webinar: : Seven years of research on climate resilience in the Caribbean

Seven years of climate resilience research in the Caribbean: making the case for action

Day: Wednesday 29th March Time: 8:30- 09:30 am (CST, time in Belize) Check the time zone change according to your location: http://bit.ly/2mJfbgn Register here: http://bit.ly/2nLRsy2 Agenda Introduction Maria José Pacha. Knowledge Management and Networks Coordinator – CDKN Latin America and Caribbean Seven […]

via Webinar: : Seven years of research on climate resilience in the Caribbean: Government, communities, climate data and the case for action — caribbeanclimate

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WMO Bulletin Volume 66 Issue 1 2017

Persons can now view the digital version of the WMO Bulletin Volume 66 Issue 1, 2017.

This issue presents information on topics such as the International Cloud Atlas, clouds and climate, climate science, weather modification, global carbon budget, greenhouse gas information system, hydrological research, Rain Enhancement Programme,  as well as, probabilistic forecasting.

Plus, one can also view some amazing photographs from the winners of the WMO Calendar Competition.


WMO Bulletin Vol 66 1

WMO Bulletin Volume 66 Issue 1 2017

Those of you interested in viewing this document can email me or visit me at my desk. 🙂

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Celebrating World Water Day with WILEY

In celebration of World Water Day 2017, John Wiley and Sons has made available wastewater related articles  due to this year’s theme being “wastewater”.

As such persons can view articles online and download PDFs, from relevant journals such as Water Resources Research, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, as well as, Water and Environment Journal, from March 22 – 28 2017.

I do hope you find some interesting articles to celebrate World Water Day 2017. Enjoy 🙂

World Water Day


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Global Significance of the Changing Freshwater Carbon Cycle – EOS

By Bopaiah A. Biddanda

Freshwater ecosystems constitute a small fraction of our planet but play a disproportionately large and critical role in the global carbon cycle.

As human activities continue to pump carbon into the atmosphere, the backbone of our understanding of the resulting warming is our knowledge of where that carbon is going: into the atmosphere, into the land, and into bodies of water. When it comes to accounting for the carbon absorbed and emitted by water, the role of inland freshwater may appear quite small compared to the vastness of Earth’s oceans. After all, inland lakes, rivers, streams, reservoirs, wetlands, and estuaries cover less than 4% of Earth’s surface [Downing, 2010; Verpoorter et al., 2014].But recent research shows that the roughly 200 million bodies of inland water play a much larger role in the global carbon cycle than their small footprint suggests. Inland streams and rivers move vast amounts of carbon from the land to the ocean, acting as carbon’s busy transit system.

They also play a disproportionately large role in the global carbon cycle through their high rates of carbon respiration and sequestration [Cole et al., 2007; Tranvik et al., 2009].According to recent estimates, the amount of carbon that inland waters emit is comparable to the net amount of carbon absorbed by living organisms on Earth’s land surface and in its oceans. Moreover, bodies of freshwater bury more carbon in sediments each year than the vast ocean floor [Battin et al., 2009; Aufdenkampe et al., 2011].

Nevertheless, there is great uncertainty in these figures, and scant data exist on continental and global scales. The changing climate is putting freshwater ecosystems at great risk: They are warming at an alarming rate, outpacing warming of the atmosphere and oceans. It’s crucial that scientists dedicate more resources to understanding the global impact of the freshwater continuum on the carbon cycle.

If you would like to read the rest of the article please click here.

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Mapping the Topographic Fingerprints of Humanity Across Earth – EOS

By , Giulia Sofia, and Erle Ellis

If increasingly globalized societies are to make better land management decisions, the geosciences must globally evaluate how humans are reshaping Earth’s surface


Fig. 1. Three-dimensional view of Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah, a human-made topographic signature, based on a free, open-access high-resolution data set. Credit: Data from Utah AGRC

Since geologic time began, Earth’s surface has been evolving through natural processes of tectonic uplift, volcanism, erosion, and the movement of sediment. Now a new force of global change is altering Earth’s surface and morphology in unprecedented ways: humanity.

Human activities are leaving their fingerprints across Earth (Figure 1), driven by increasing populations, technological capacities, and societal demands [e.g., Ellis, 2015; Brown et al., 2017; Waters et al., 2016]. We have altered flood patterns, created barriers to runoff and erosion, funneled sedimentation into specific areas, flattened mountains, piled hills, dredged land from the sea, and even triggered seismic activity [Tarolli and Sofia, 2016]. These and other changes can pose broad threats to the sustainability of human societies and environments.

If increasingly globalized societies are to make better land management decisions, the geosciences must globally evaluate how humans are reshaping Earth’s surface. A comprehensive mapping of human topographic signatures on a planet-wide scale is required if we are to understand, model, and forecast the geological hazards of the future.

Understanding and addressing the causes and consequences of anthropogenic landform modifications are a worldwide challenge. But this challenge also poses an opportunity to better manage environmental resources and protect environmental values [DeFries et al., 2012].

If you are interested in this article, you can access the rest here.

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Cost-Saving Strategies for Water Utilities – Forester Network

Please note that the article Cost-Saving Strategies for Water Utilities – Forester Network was written by Carol Brzozowski for March 10, 2017.

Water utility operators face many financial hardships these days. Today, cash-strapped utilities are challenged to deliver optimal levels of service while saving money on water treatment costs.

Treatment costs are not isolated and must be considered as part of the overall cost of water service, points out Brian Bokowy, business manager CIM for AllChem Performance Products. “Water utilities—particularly utilities that have multiple locations and multiple well sites, booster stations, and multiple treatment areas—have all of the logistics of transportation, storage, handling, and safety concerns of securing all of those individual sites,” notes Bokowy.

Oftentimes, safety concerns will dictate more than one employee going out to a site whenever chemicals are being handled, he adds. “All of these additional visits out to sites, all of the additional safety and handling concerns, add real costs to chlorinate that water for the municipality,” says Bokowy.

“By moving to safer, less hazardous chemicals, it reduces costs by eliminating some of the storage concerns, and eliminating some of the extra personnel and trips out to the sites that may be involved with the manhours associated with going out to those sites.”

AllChem Performance Products specializes in chlorination equipment, especially tablet feed systems. The systems are designed as an effective way to chlorinate drinking water and wastewater without the costly safety and hazard concerns associated with handling, transporting, and treating with gas chlorine or liquid chlorine sodium hypochlorite, notes Bokowy.

One system offered by the company is the PTF-100 Feed System, consist­ing of the Horizon PTF-100 Tablet Feeder and Horizon 90 PT Tablets.

If you are interested in this article please click here.

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Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination

I have just received open access articles from the Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, Volume 7 No. 1, which are listed below.


Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination


Impact of pre-treatment technologies on soil aquifer treatment

A. Besançon, M. Pidou, P. Jeffrey, B. Jefferson, and K. S. Le Corre
Published online 10.02.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Jiyeong Park, Seok-Hong Min, Won-Hee Lee, No-Suk Park, Hyung-Soo Kim, and Jong-Oh Kim
Published online 03.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Fang Wang, Shixuan Wang, Jin Li, Dongsheng Xia, and Jianshe Liu
Published online 26.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE



Abdelsalam Elawwad, Mohamed Zaghloul, and Hisham Abdel-Halim
Published online 07.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Ali Hashlamon, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, and Akil Ahmad
Published online 02.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Meriem Bendjelloul, El Hadj Elandaloussi, Louis-Charles de Ménorval, and Abdelhadi Bentouami
Published online 03.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Ashim Kumar Basumatary, R. Vinoth Kumar, Kannan Pakshirajan, and G. Pugazhenthi
Published online 17.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Liangliang Wei, Kena Qin, Qingliang Zhao, Kun Wang, Felix Tetteh Kabutey, and Fuyi Cui
Published online 02.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


E. Yılmaz and S. Fındık
Published online 09.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Am Jang, Jong-Tae Jung, Hayoung Kang, Hyung-Soo Kim, and Jong-Oh Kim
Published online 09.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE


Nor Azuana Ramli and Mohd Fairuz Abdul Hamid
Published online 03.03.2016 OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE
Happy reading folks 🙂
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Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016

Okay guys I have just received a digital copy of the Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 from a member of staff.

This document has been published by the Water Integrity Network Association (WIN) under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), which simply means that it should only be used for personal non-commercial reasons.

A comprehensive document of 215 pages, excluding references and glossary, one can find information on water integrity, sustainability, finance, regulation and governance, integrity tools and planning, as well as, monitoring and evaluation.

Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016

Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016

Persons can download the  Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 or send me an email for a soft copy.

I do hope you all appreciate this contribution from your colleague as much as I do. Happy reading guys. 🙂


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Prezi – Presentation Software

Are you tired of using Powerpoint and want to find a different way to present information. Well then you’re in luck. Technology has  allowed the creation of a variety of new presentation tools, that provides one with many more options.

The Prezi presentation software allows one to wow their colleagues with a visual masterpiece in terms of motion, zoom and spatial relationships. Plus, there are a tons of templates to choose from: all you have to do is input your information.

Also if you have already created Powerpoint for your next meeting or event, you can simply import it into a Prezi template.

Plus there are a number of ways to get support in creating your next Prezi presentation: from videos on Youtube, to the Prezi Blog, to guidelines provided on the website itself.


So what are you waiting for, sign up with Prezi for free (N.B. having a free account means that your  work will be publicly available for viewing, searching and reuse) or purchase a plan  and find a new way to present 🙂

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