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The Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet
Studies show that even low levels of Arsenic exposure will cause multiple diseases
2017-08-04
First polygeneration demo for electricity and water
Scarab Development AB has made a proposal to Sida for the installation and test of four demonstration units in four different parts of the country.

The unit will produce electricity from biomass and/or sun and as a by-product highest quality drinking water – obviously arsenic free.

The equipment will be leased to the community and capital costs will be recovered by being included into the monthly payments for electricity and water.

While waiting for a decision from Sida, HVR Water Purification AB (publ) has received an order for one such demo unit. The installation is planned for the fourth quarter in 2016.
2016-05-02
20 Million Drink Arsenic-Laced Water, Human Rights Watch, April 6, 2016
Bangladesh isn’t taking basic, obvious steps to get arsenic out of the drinking water of millions of its rural poor, Richard Pearshouse, Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch

The Bangladesh government is failing to adequately respond to naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water across large areas of rural Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Approximately 20 years after initially coming to international attention, an estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh – mostly rural poor – still drink water contaminated over the national standard.

The 111-page report, “Nepotism and Neglect: The Failing Response to Arsenic in the Drinking Water of Bangladesh’s Rural Poor,” documents how Bangladesh’s health system largely ignores the impact of exposure to arsenic on people’s health.

An estimated 43,000 people die each year from arsenic-related illness in Bangladesh, according to one study. The government identifies people with arsenic-related illnesses primarily via skin lesions, although the vast majority of those with arsenic-related illnesses don’t develop them. Those exposed are at significant risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and lung disease as a result, but many receive no health care at all.

“The government acts as though the problem has been mostly solved, but unless the government and Bangladesh’s international donors do more, millions of Bangladeshis will die from preventable arsenic-related diseases.”
2016-05-02
Business Summary
The thorough research has become a platform for an infrastructure intervention program which is environmentally and economically sustainable and also has a finance plan that does not depend on international donations or local charity. The leading document for this program can be downloaded. Follow link.
2015-11-20
Technical reports
More than a decade of research into a polygeneration solution to the arsenic problem. This solution will not become an extra cost and burden for one dedicated task. Instead the solution is integrated in the general infrastructural development by providing electricity (instead of darkness), cooking gas (instead of smoky stoves), excellent drinking water (instead of microbiologically unsafe or poisoned by arsenic drinking water and other optional conveniences. A present summary of the research can be downloaded. Follow link.
2015-11-20
Access to safe water in rural Bangladesh
An intersectional analysis of the arsenic crisis in rural Bangladesh
2015-09-14
Final report
Final report from the Royal Institute of Technology on: Biogas based polygeneration for rural development in Bangladesh .
2015-03-06
New developments in the removal of Arsenic
Addressing Arsenic Poisoning in South Asia
2014-09-29
Infant Toenails Reveal In Utero Exposure To Low-Level Arsenic, Dartmouth Study Finds
Infant toenails are a reliable way to estimate arsenic exposure before birth, a Dartmouth College study shows. The findings appear in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology.
2014-07-11
Invitation to sustainability seminar
Invitation to sustainability seminar the 2nd of June at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm about the use of renewable fuels for polygeneration of pure drinking water, hot water for sanitation and electricity. (All three consumables from the same input of fuel.)
2014-05-19
One more step towards energy efficient water purification
One more step towards energy efficient water purification.
2014-04-13
The Royal Institute of Technology will complete arsenic mitigation implementation study in 2014
The study is called Biogas based poly-generation for rural development in Bangladesh (Access to clean energy and services)and looks at the possibility to introduce polygeneration systems for providing electricity and pure water (arsenic free) on the community level in communities that are afflicted by arsenic or salinity in well water.
2013-12-02
Arsenic in water in China
Nearly 20 million people in China could be exposed to water contaminated with arsenic
2013-08-26
Good Life Seminar
The Swedish Sustainability Foundation in co-operation with the Department of Energy Technology at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology In Stockholm, Sweden, invites to Good Life seminar about remedies for arsenic contamination of well water in Bangladesh on October 1, 2013.
2013-06-17
Additional members in the Advisory Board
Another couple of members have joined the Advisory Board
2013-04-26
Sanitation
Sanitation as important as clean water
2013-02-13
A plan to eradicate arsenic poisoning
A plan to eradicate arsenic poisoning has been suggested by Sida. The plan is to distribute water purification and medicine in a comprehensive action. The production of water equipment and of medicines can be supported by commercial guarantees and a special support directed to the poorest segments can be designed to guarantee the market.
2012-03-26
Sida grant for arsenic remediation project
The Royal Institute of Technology has received a grant from the Swedish International Aid Agency to make a feasibility for a method for community arsenic remediation proposed by the Swedish Sustainability Foundation.
2011-11-30
Arsenicure approved by the Government of Bangladesh
The nutraceuticals for arsenicosis treatment from Viola Vitalis have been approved by the expert committee in Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh and the ministry of health and family welfare have formed a five members committee including the members from Drug administration and medical university have endorsed their opinion that arsenicure and ars-detox can be used for prevention and treatment of arsenicosis.
2011-10-15
UNICEF report
Reports released by UNICEF Bangladesh show that only 18% of drinking water samples met all Bangladesh standards for drinking water quality which were measured and predicts that about 68,000 deaths per year can be attributed to arsenic exposure. The economic costs of this disease burden were calculated at between US$ 6.1-20.1 billion over the next 20 years.
2011-04-19
Polygeneration
Polygeneration project now part of the project Explore Polygen at the Royal Institute of technology in Stockholm
2011-03-01