The Chronic Arsenic Poisoning Of The Bangladeshi People
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I have recently completed an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester, UK, in which I expect to achieve a distinction. Prior to this, I completed a BSc in Palaeontology at the University of Portsmouth, UK, in which I achieved a 2.1 with honours.

                       

The Chronic Arsenic Poisoning Of The Bangladeshi People

Bangladesh is currently facing the worlds worst case of mass arsenic poisoning. The country uses groundwater to meet a vast amount of the populations' water needs. Using groundwater is generally seen as more reliable and often provides water of a better quality compared to surface water. However, even though groundwater boasts a number of advantages over surface water, it does come with a number of possible risks, particularly that of arsenic (As) contamination. Large-scale As contamination of groundwater has been...

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The phrase ‘mass extinction’ creates images of meteor strikes, exploding volcanoes and the rapid, brutal, destruction of the nonavian dinosaurs in the mind. A number of things may be wrong with this image, no more so than it was a one-off, and that it couldn’t happen again. Palaeontologists have deciphered from the rock record that five mass extinctions have occurred throughout the Earths history. These extinctions, known as the ‘Big Five’, are characterised by a loss of over 75% of...

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