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EU Commission sues Italy over unsafe drinking water
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission took Italy to the EU’s top court on Wednesday over the country’s failure to provide clean drinking water to its citizens. The Commission said it was suing Italy because in some areas the levels of arsenic and fluoride in drinking water have long exceeded the maximum values allowed by […]Italy
Volcanic Ash Threatens Pompeii’s Buried Murals
Tests on excavated paintings revealed corrosive salts coming from surrounding volcanic material Frescoes such as this one, excavated from the buried city of Pompeii, can be severely damaged if they are not preserved carefully. Credit: Marco Cantile Getty Images Smothered under volcanic ash and rocks from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the ancient city of […]Italy Volcanoes
Anomalous concentrations of arsenic, fluoride and radon in volcanic-sedimentary aquifers from central Italy: Quality indexes for management of the water resource.
Highlights Volcanic-sedimentary aquifers from Central Italy were analyzed for As, F? and 222Rn. Water-rock interaction and input of thermal fluids are sources of geogenic pollutants. High contents of geogenic pollutants were pertaining to the volcanic aquifers. Quality Indexes (QIs) were obtained by combining the As, F? and 222Rn concentrations. QI distribution maps can be used […]Italy Volcanoes
Dental fluorosis in the Vesuvius towns in AD 79: a multidisciplinary approach.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Endemic fluorosis induced by high concentrations of fluoride in groundwater and soils is a major health problem in several countries, particularly in volcanic areas. AIM: To evaluate the occurrence of dental fluorosis resulting from exposure to high levels of environmental fluoride in 79 AD Herculaneum and close Vesuvius towns. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The […]Italy Volcanoes
Drinking water quality standards in Italy according to the EU and the Legislative Decree 31/2001.
Title: Derogation from drinking water quality standards in Italy according to the European Directive 98/83/EC and the Legislative Decree 31/2001 – a look at the recent past. Abstract: BACKGROUND: Until 2012, the European Directive 98/83/EC and the Italian Legislative Decree 31/2001 allowed derogation from the drinking water quality standards in Italy with a number of […]Italy
Solvay Specialty Polymers divests hydrofluoric acid plant in Italy
Solvay’s (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) Specialty Polymers has agreed to sell its Porto Marghera plant, which produces hydrofluoric acid, to Alkeemia, part of the Italian Fluorsid Group. The hydrofluoric acid is utilized by Solvay as a base chemical for the production of selected specialty polymers. This divestment is in line with Solvay Specialty Polymers’ strategy to […]Italy Chemical Industry
“Is the Monster Awakening?” Threat Level Raised for Europe’s Supervolcano, Campi Flegrei Last Erupted in 1538
Campi Flegrei, “burning fields”, is a supervolcano that consists of a vast and complex network of underground chambers that formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, stretching from the outskirts of Naples to underneath the Mediterranean Sea and last erupted in 1538. According to the BBC, about half a million people live in its seven-mile-long […]Italy Volcanoes
Would a supervolcano eruption knock us out?
Throughout our planet’s history, massive volcanic eruptions have devastated life. Could one bring an end to human civilisation? In the Bay of Naples, Europe’s most notorious giant is showing signs of reawakening from its long slumber. Campi Flegrei, a name that aptly translates as “burning fields”, is a supervolcano. It consists of a vast and […]Italy Volcanoes
Bones of the victims at Roman Herculaneum
Excerpts: These studies of skeletal elements and burials in the Roman period have been of enduring interest to many archaeologists and proved to act towards a better understanding of the fundamental demographic regimes characterising Roman antiquity. … The benefits of dental archaeology are broader than differentiating ages in skeletal remains as they can determine the […]Italy Volcanoes
Enduring fluoride health hazard for the Vesuvius area population: the case of AD 79 Herculaneum.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The study of ancient skeletal pathologies can be adopted as a key tool in assessing and tracing several diseases from past to present times. Skeletal fluorosis, a chronic metabolic bone and joint disease causing excessive ossification and joint ankylosis, has been only rarely considered in differential diagnoses of palaeopathological lesions. Even today its […]Italy Volcanoes