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Plastic bottles and food containers

Plastic bottles and food containers

There are many hoax emails and unreliable internet articles warning about the so-called dangers of plastic bottles, containers and films. The emails generally warn people about reusing plastic bottles, freezing water in them or leaving them in hot cars. Some of them also talk about microwaving food in plastic containers or covered with plastic films.However, there is no convincing scientific evidence to back up these claims or to suggest that any of these products could cause cancer.

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Sustainable development knowledge platform

Sustainable development knowledge platform

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and coordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other mandates, it hosts the secretariat for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform within the United Nations system for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Heads of State and Governments in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a new plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets at its core.

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SODIS Safe Drinking Water for All

SODIS Safe Drinking Water for All

SODIS (short for Solar Water Disinfection) started as an initiative of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology. Eawag supports the improvement and spread of the SODIS method through research in microbiology, health, educational strategies and PET bottles. An enthusiastic team in Switzerland provides technical and project management support for SODIS projects in 25 countries.

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The Science Squad - Series 3: Episode 1 - 'Saving Lives with Sunlight' (SODIS)

The Science Squad - Series 3: Episode 1 - 'Saving Lives with Sunlight' (SODIS)

In this Episode, broadcast on Monday 27th October, Aoibhinn and the team, along with Professor Kevin McGuigan, Associate Professor of Medical Physics in the RCSI Department of Physiology and Medical Physics visit the Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) project in Uganda. Prof McGuigan has been working on this technique for the past 20 years, which involves exposing transparent plastic or glass containers filled with water to direct sunlight for six to 48 hours. This has a germicidal effect which is based on the combined effect of thermal heating of solar light and UV radiation, thus kills bacteria and disease-causing pathogens and disinfecting the water. This water purification project could save the lives of millions.

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