Four remaining free bottled water stations will close in Flint, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday, more than two years after the state opened them in response to a man-made, lead-tainted drinking water crisis that threatened the health of its residents.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced plans to research the potential health risks of microplastics in bottled water. The WHO initiative is partly in response to a recent study that screened more than 250 bottles from 11 brands across nine countries for microplastics. The study found an average of 10 plastic particles per liter of water.
Water – the most fundamental of natural resources – is coming under pressure. And not just in the increasingly parched Middle East or North Africa. Even in Europe, about a third of the landmass and about 11% of the population suffers from water shortages
Miami (AFP) - The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.
All it had taken was a moment’s distraction. In a well-practiced sleight of hand, the cashier had double-bagged in plastic a dozen eggs, which were already encased in two protective layers of plastic. I briefly contemplated appealing for the liberation of my groceries but chose the path of least resistance. The deed was done, and the purveyors of plastic had been victorious on this occasion.
In the plan the Trump administration outlines proposals for how to reduce the number of federal agencies that need to sign off on permits for dumping "dredged or fill material" into the nation's waterways. Such sites include fisheries, wetlands, and tap-water supplies. If the plan gets the green light, it will undo the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to veto building permits that affect US waterways, and cut back on environmental reviews.
To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements.