Natural resources are essential to human life, many of them being finite. When someone uses a finite resource (forests, fish, clean water), they make that resource less available to others.
As the recent offensive between Israel and Hamas continues to impact civilian life on either side of Israel’s border with Gaza, news agencies around the world have intensified their focus on this troubled region, decrying the loss of life and calling for a lasting ceasefire, which finally seems to be holding.
A recent study has found traces of cocaine in the public drinking water supply. Present in its metabolised form, benzoylecgonine, the street drug was discovered in samples analysed by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), a section of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as part of an assessment of pharmaceutical contamination.
There have been many news reports, lately, regarding the health risks of leaving plastic water bottles in the heat and later consuming the water. That risk can be linked to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).
The need to grow food and engage in agricultural activities is an essential part of the human experience. Like many things, agriculture is something that can hurt the environment, but it does not have to.
A report in 2008 by the Associated Press (AP) stated that 41 million unaware Americans have various trace amounts of pharmaceuticals, such as birth control pills, pain killers, and antibiotics in their drinking water due to the public flushing their unwanted medications.
While much of the Great Lakes remain encapsulated in ice and summer temperatures are only just now beginning to hold steady, Michigan residents have found another reason to curse the polar vortices of this past winter — several water main breaks resulting in interrupted water supply and quality throughout the state.
Water is the source of life for all living things on this planet. However, it has become a breeding ground for pathogenic microorganisms and intestinal parasites in most developing countries. People around the world have heard the term “Montezuma’s revenge,” a common gastrointestinal illness caused by drinking unsanitary water in Mexico.
With the public outcry against BPA growing, many manufactures have abandoned it in favor of Bisphenol S (BPS), a BPA alternative. In 2006, Appleton, the largest manufacturer of thermal papers in North America switched from BPA to BPS.  Research has shown that BPS also interferes with the way cells respond to estrogen nearly mimicking BPA.  With BPA leaving our daily life and BPS entering, what can be done?
The California drought this year has put many in danger, from the loss of farmers’ products to the drinking water in smaller communities that depend on wells which are often contaminated from pesticide and fertilizer run-off.
As the record-setting winter of 2014 continues, extensive ice coverage across the Great Lakes has both pros and cons for life and industry on the Great Lakes Basin and has the world wondering whether they will completely freeze over for the first time this century.
Two potentially dangerous chemicals were accidently dumped into West Virginia’s Elk River in January leaving thousands of people without clean drinking water for weeks. Many were hospitalized due to effects and the level of long-term consequences to the exposed population are still being determined.