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Queen’s lecturer honoured for poison fight

A senior lecturer from Queen’s University in Belfast has been honoured for his research work in tackling the world’s worst case of ongoing mass poisoning.

Dr Bhaskar Sen Gupta, from Queen’s School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, received an Excellence Award from the Asian Water Industry and a second award, the St Andrew’s Prize for the Environment, for his work in creating the world’s first chemical-free arsenic removal plant in India.

Currently over 70 million people in Eastern India and Bangladesh, experience involuntary arsenic exposure from consuming water and rice; the main staple food in the region.

This includes farmers who have to use contaminated groundwater from minor irrigation schemes.

Belfast Telegraph