Heavy metal pollution

The most dangerous are: cadmium, lead, mercury that can be harmful to human health even in very low concentrations, as well as being highly toxic and non-degradable. They accumulate in those organisms that occupy the highest levels in the food pyramid: mercury pollution in the sea provokes the concentration of this metal in fish and the organisms that eat the fish, including men. Mercury that derives from the dumping of industrial waste and that reaches the sea is ever lasting and continues its cycle by passing from one organism to another through the food chain.

Special reports

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    15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

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    4 March 2010

    Biotechnological cleaners

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  • 26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

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    21 February 2013

    Renewable energy in Italy

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    8 July 2011

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  • 29 April 2013

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

    10 May 2008

    Bioindicators

    Monitoring the environment Ecologic research is more and more oriented towards an assessment of the quality of the environment and…

    10 February 2014

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 10 March 2006

    Environment biotech

    Biotechnology Biotechnology can be defined as the application of microbiology, genetic engineering and biochemistry for the treatment of waste materials…

    15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

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  • 4 March 2010

    Biotechnological cleaners

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    26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Still waters run deep! This proverb reminds us how many times we have heard popular proverbs about water, and how…

  • 21 February 2013

    Renewable energy in Italy

    Renewable energy sources in Italy The GSE (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici), the Italian energy services management authority, periodically publishes data…

    8 July 2011

    Who’s coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 10 March 2006

    Environment biotech

    Biotechnology Biotechnology can be defined as the application of microbiology, genetic engineering and biochemistry for the treatment of waste materials…

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    The blue planet: water availability in the world 24 December 1968, a date of historical importance. The Earth was photographed…

  • 4 March 2010

    Biotechnological cleaners

    Bacteria that "eat oil" In today’s society, more than 80% of human activities are closely connected to the production of…

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    In Italy, the "mare in amore" phenomenon occurs very often: the part of the sea coast where this occurs is…

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    Wave Dragon, that swallows waves and generates electricity is a plant for the exploitation of sea wave energy. It has…

    13 May 2011

    Niño e Niña

    The Humbolt ocean current goes north along the Peruvian coasts and pushes surface waters towards the open sea. This favours…

  • Water as a percentage

    Only 3% of total water reserves is made up of fresh water, and only 30% of it can be found…

    Water in the human body

    In some organisms, water can compose up to 90% of their total weight. For instance, man is made of water…

  • 11 May 2011

    Sea in love

    In Italy, the "mare in amore" phenomenon occurs very often: the part of the sea coast where this occurs is…

    16 May 2011

    Ephemeral lakes

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  • The “wave-swallowing” dragon

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  • 13 May 2011

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    Only 3% of total water reserves is made up of fresh water, and only 30% of it can be found…