Article courtesy of Tara Martin, Jonathan Rhodes, Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle | May 8th, 2016 | The Conversation | Shared as educational material. Freshwater is extremely important as a source of water for humans in more ways than one. Currently, more than 40% of the world’s workforce is dependent of freshwater meaning that freshwater is an important […]
Article courtesy of Vaidehi Shah | May 19th, 2016 | Eco-Business | Shared as educational material. China has had a long history of having a dire water pollution crises; waters in certain areas have been murky enough to classify the villages near them as “cancer villages”. However, there is hope for a change. The Chinese […]
Article courtesy of Eleanor Albert | Date July 29, 2016 | CFR Backgrounders | Shared as educational material. The Tibetan Plateau has long been a place of importance concerning water to the nations surrounding it. Because the Tibetan Plateau has the ice-filled Himalayas, it is a vital water source to growing nations such as China […]
Oil pollution caused by a grounded ship in New Taipei City’s Shimen District (石門) might have spread to Keelung, while the Fisheries Agency sought to reassure the public that the spill had not affected local aquatic products.
An Amsterdam-based social enterprise group called Plastic Whale has entered the boat building business. Instead of using traditional Dutch boat-building techniques, however, Plastic Whale has made its fleet of six boats from plastic that’s been “fished” from Amsterdam’s famed canals.
Industry, pollution and the growing population together increasingly constitute both the demand for and scarcity of clean water. While river-fed sources are becoming less accessible, groundwater is also sinking deeper or getting contaminated.
The purpose of this study was to assess the microbiological quality of unchlorinated drinking water in Korea, 2010. One hundred and eighty unchlorinated drinking water samples were collected from various sites in Seoul and Gyeonggi province. In the 180 total bacteria investigation, 72 samples from Seoul and 33 samples from Gyeonggi province were of an unacceptable quality (>102 CFU/mL).
People living near hazardous waste sites that contain sulfuric acid are at greater rick of exposure by breathing contaminated air than is the general public. Breathing sulfuric acid mists can result in tooth erosion and respiratory tract irritation.
Water scarcity has long been an issue for human existence. Over 1.2 billion people, on all of the continents, live in regions termed “areas of physical scarcity”. Five hundred million additional people are approaching the same situation. Another 1.6 billion people face an economic shortage. The water that isn’t in shortage isn’t as innocent as it seems, either. Inadequate sanitation is a major problem for over 2.4 billion people around the world, giving prevalence to diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and other water-borne illnesses (Scarcity, Decade, Water for Life).
A Large Community Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Associated with Consumption of Drinking Water Contaminated by River Water, Belgium, 2010
On 6 December 2010 a fire in Hemiksem, Belgium, was extinguished by the fire brigade with both river water and tap water. Local physicians were asked to report all cases of gastroenteritis. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among 1000 randomly selected households. The results support the hypothesis that a point-source contamination of the tap water with river water was the cause of the multi-pathogen waterborne outbreak.
Water treatment plant malfunctions have led to drinking water in the Icelandic village being unfit for drinking straight away.
Indian Point Nuclear Facility Operator Reports ‘Alarming Levels’ of Radioactivity in Plant’s Groundwater; Some Wells Increase 65,000%
Gov. Cuomo said the plant’s operator, Entergy, reported “alarming levels” of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000%.