Plastic waste ingested by worms threatens marine food chains

Small fragments of plastic waste are damaging the health of lugworms, putting a key cog in marine ecosystems at risk. Published in Current Biology, a new study by scientists at the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth shows the impact of microplastics on the marine worms’ health and behavior. By exposing specimens to contaminated sediment in a laboratory, the researchers were able to observe a 50 percent reduction in energy reserves and other signs of physical harm.

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Harvard Research Links Fluoridated Water to Mental Disorders

A leading cause of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism in children could be the hidden chemicals lurking in the foods we eat, the water we drink and the products we consume, says a new study recently published in The Lancet. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that, among other things, the fluoride chemicals added to many public water systems in North America directly contribute to both mental and behavioral disorders in children.

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After Chemical Spill, Poll Finds Most West Virginians Want Tougher Regulations

A large majority of West Virginians think that last month’s chemical spill, which left 300,000 residents without access to safe tap water, was a “wakeup call” on the need for better regulations, according to new polling data released Monday.

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Oceans of Acid: How Fossil Fuels Could Destroy Marine Ecosystems

In 2005, hatchery-grown oyster larvae in the Pacific Northwest began mysteriously dying by the millions. Then it happened again in 2006. And again in 2007 and 2008. Oceanographers and fisheries scientists raced to understand what was behind the catastrophe. Was it bacterial infections? Or something more sinister?

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Don’t Drink The Water: W. Va. Should Have Warned Pregnant Women About Contaminant Danger

Updates continue to leak from the West Virginia chemical spill scandal, in which two toxic coal-processing compounds were found to have contaminated a city’s water supply. The latest: pregnant women should have been warned not to drink the tap water.

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What the West Virginia Chemical Spill Teaches Us About Clean Water

The chemical spill in West Virginia last week tells us a lot about how we protect – or how we don’t protect – rivers, lakes, and other surface waters from pollution. Although West Virginia American Water is in the process of lifting the “do not use” warning for drinking water supplied to nine West Virginia counties affected by the release of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) from Freedom Industries’ facility in Charleston into the Elk River, people there are still dealing with its toxic aftermath.

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The ‘foreign’ parasite you can catch by drinking British water – and the devastating consequences could stay with you for years.

Catching a nasty stomach bug from dirty water is the sort of hazard that most of us would worry about only when visiting far-flung destinations on holiday.

But giardiasis — the disease caused by the tiny parasite giardia lamblia — can be picked up here in the UK.

In fact, more than 50,000 people are thought to be infected by it in Britain every year.

One of them was Little Britain’s David Walliams, who caught the parasite while swimming the length of the Thames in 2011.

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Knocking the kidney killer

Safe drinking water is a fundamental human right, but more than 2.0 billion people in the world still lack access to safe-clean drinking water and to sanitation; Sri Lanka is no exception. Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) primarily affects middle-aged farmers.

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St. Bernard water system tests positive for rare brain-eating amoeba, CDC confirms.

The St. Bernard Parish water system has tested positive for a rare brain-eating amoeba, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed, about a week after St. Bernard Parish government officials assured the public that the parish was taking every precaution possible to flush out its water system.

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Basic civic amenities elude 75 families.

The people of Khebukpara village in Sadar upazila under the district are still deprived of basic civic amenities including safe water and sanitation although Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board (CHTDB) implemented a rubber plantation project there around 20 years ago.

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