In the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (Rio+20), water has been recognised as the key to achieving sustainable development as it is closely linked to all other important issues.
This year, the theme is “Water and Sustainable Development,”1 highlighting the issue of water scarcity. Water is a resource used every single day, often times irresponsibly or absentmindedly, making this theme highly relevant for today.
Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment.
The discovery comes following a study on the Thames river by scientists at the University of Warwick’s School of Life Sciences and the University of Exeter Medical School.
Water is scarce, polluted, over-exploited, mismanaged and misallocated. Water, both in terms of quantity and quality, is essential to sustain political, economic, social and environmental systems. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, water scarcity and pollution, as well as floods and droughts, represent a significant risk to which no country is immune.
Several hundred people attended an informational presentation in Laramie County about the oil & gas industry put on by Wyoming state regulatory agencies and industry representatives. Oil is big business in Wyoming, and production activity locally has increased in recent years. It’s not just water quality that has the potential to be affected by oil production, it’s also water quantity.
The village of Portland, nestled along the Rideau Canal midway between Kingston and Ottawa, Canada, is a bustling summer tourist hub. However, the villagers recently learned septic run-off and traces of pharmaceuticals may be infiltrating their underground drinking water supply. The source of this concern is a report from a five-year study that found E. coli and coliform in eight test wells drilled around the village.
It was Dale Carnegie who made popular the phrase, “If you have a lemon, make lemonade.” And that’s the kind of transformation a couple of smarty pants brothers are hoping to make in an industry that’s taking a bit of a drubbing these days. The problem: leftovers from fracking.
Across the country, fracking has contaminated drinking water sources, made nearby residents sick, turned pristine landscapes into industrial zones, and caused air and global warming pollution.
A University of Cincinnati research project is taking a groundbreaking approach to monitoring groundwater resources near fracking sites in Ohio. Claire Botner, a UC graduate student in geology, will outline the project at The Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting & Exposition. The meeting takes place Oct. 19-22, in Vancouver.
Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) announced a wide-ranging water quality initiative at the Farm Science Review.
The fluoride debate is changing, and fast, as more Americans are becoming aware of the known health risks of water fluoridation. City councils across the country are beginning to give their residents a choice when it comes to fluoridated drinking water, with many adding fluoridation measures to upcoming ballots.
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).