The chemicals you use in your daily life, which end up running off your garden or flowing down the sink, can have serious consequences for the wildlife that live in our rivers, lakes and oceans.
Those are just some of the issues that hundreds of scientists will be discussing when they gather for an environmental toxicology and chemistry conference on the Gold Coast this week.
Studying the toxic chemicals that end up in our environment and what they do to the organisms that live there, the researchers are working to measure and reduce the human impact on our ecosystems.
The conference group is comprised of members of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, an International scientific society dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of problems related to contaminants and other stressors in the environment.
Several researchers from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute and Environmental Futures Research Institute will present their research on the increasing chemical threats to Australia’s turtles, whales and frogs.
“This conference brings together environmental scientists from across Australia and New Zealand to discuss some of the most important research happening on the impacts of pollution on our environment”, said Dr Will Bennett, Co-Chair of the conference.
The conference starts on Monday, September 4, at the Sofitel Hotel in Broadbeach.
Researchers are available for interview requests.