Oct 17, 2017

Biochar Adsorbent for Control of Synthetic Organic Contaminants in Affordable Decentralized Water Treatment

The public health consequences of chemical exposure are now comparable to or greater than those of widespread infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. However, despite large human and economic costs, chemical pollution of the environment and water sources has been overlooked in the WASH development agenda. Chemical pollution control currently receives less than 0.5% of global development spending. Biomass char (biochar) has shown promise as a low-cost adsorbent for uptake of SOCs from drinking water that can be generated using local resources in developing communities.

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