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Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater: An Increasing Threat

20 Feb. 2020 • 13:00 - 14:30 • Nairobi

This webinar aims to discuss the issue of emerging pollutants and wastewater and will focus on case studies, projects, as well as specific pollutants that constitute a threat to the environment and our livelihoods

Further Description / Program

Emerging pollutants are chemicals and compounds that have recently been identified as dangerous to the environment, and consequently to the health of human beings. Precisely, they have been labeled “emerging” because of the rising level of concern linked to them. In addition, many of these emerging pollutants have not been regulated under national or international legislation, hence posing a greater risk to our livelihood.

These pollutants include a variety of compounds such as antibiotics, drugs, steroids, endocrine disruptors, hormones, industrial additives, chemicals, and also microbeads and microplastics. There is an inextricable link between these pollutants and wastewater. Municipal, industrial, and domestic wastewater are, in fact, a primary pathway for their wide diffusion in the aquatic environment. While more research is needed, it is widely acknowledged that these emerging pollutants are increasingly becoming a hazard

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Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater: An Increasing Threat
Nairobi
UN Environment

Contact information

Riccardo Zennaro
Associate Programme Officer for wastewater management
riccardo.zennaro@un.org

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Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater: An Increasing Threat

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