Tag: Water Pollution

Antibiotics In World's Rivers Exceed Safe Levels By Up To 300 Times

Many of the world's rivers are contaminated by unsafe levels of antibiotics, a major global study revealed. Antibiotic presence in the environment could play a huge role in the increasing resistance of bacteria to drug treatments.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2019

Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Device Designed To Capture Floating Plastic Breaks Down

The Ocean Cleanup project, which aims to address water pollution by collecting floating plastic debris, met a major setback. Boyan Slat, the young Dutch inventor behind the project, is undeterred by the incident.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2019

Cocaine Residue In Rivers Are Making Eels High

A study found that endangered European eels have been getting themselves high because of cocaine residue that ends up in the rivers. The little amount of cocaine could damage their muscles and reproductive system.

Earth/Environment June 21, 2018

What America Looked Like Before The EPA Cleaned It Up: 15 Shocking Photos

Believe it or not, the EPA has just been around since 1970 before that pollution was rampant in much of the U.S. When it was created, it was tasked with cleaning up the environment to help with human health.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2018

Transgender Fish: Contraceptive Pills Flushed Down Water Drains Cause Male Fish To Mutate Into Females

Male roach fish now exhibit more feminine traits, with some of them even starting to produce eggs. Chemicals present in birth control pills and other household products flushed down household drains are blamed for these changes.

Feature | Health July 4, 2017

Oakland Park Officials Close Down Lake Temescal Due To Toxic Algae Bloom

Officials from the East Bay Regional Park closed down Lake Temescal to swimmers on Monday because of the presence of toxic algae in the water. This is the third consecutive year the lake has been closed due to algal blooms.

Earth/Environment June 29, 2016

New Bacterial Research May Help Reduce Excessive Amounts Of Phosphorus In Lakes

Reducing the excess amounts of phosphorus in lakes can be possible through the ongoing research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. High concentrations of phosphorus in lakes and streams harm aquatic life and the ecosystem.

Earth/Environment June 6, 2016

Paper-Based Biosensor Developed To Assess Toxicity Levels In Water

Water sampling is routinely done to test water quality. With the paper-based biosensor bioassay, assessing toxicity levels in water is simplified and made more affordable.

Earth/Environment April 21, 2016

America's Most Endangered Rivers Of 2016: ACF River Basin, San Joaquin, Susquehanna Top List

Is your river in serious condition? A group has listed down the most endangered rivers in the United States for 2016.

Earth/Environment April 14, 2016

New Polymer Manufactured From Sugar Molecules Can Purify Water In Seconds

Researchers have discovered a new polymer made from sugar molecules that can effectively purify water in seconds. The discovery combines two strong water filter concepts and is said to revolutionize water purification systems.

Life December 28, 2015

Dipping Into New York's Waterways In The World's First Floating, Self-Filtering Pool

Architect Dong-Ping Wong is preparing to launch the world's first floating, self-filtering pool on New York's waterways.

December 16, 2015

New Technique Purifies Contaminated Water By Shaking Out Nanomaterials

A simple new technique can purify contaminated water by shaking out nanomaterials. This purification method is as simple as shaking a vial of oil and water.

Earth/Environment December 12, 2015

Toxic Mud Flowing Down Brazilian River Reaches The Atlantic, Raises Pollution Fears

Toxic sludge released by collapse at a Brazilian mine has reached the Atlantic Ocean. Conservations express concern over its possible impact on wildlife.

Earth/Environment November 23, 2015

The 3D-Printed Sponge Suit Bikini Lets You Clean The Ocean While Looking Sexy

A new wearable technology uniquely combines design with leisure along with a unique mission of contributing to solve environmental issues caused by water contaminants. Using a material known as Sponge, it won first place in the Reshape 2015 international design competition.

Wearable Tech October 13, 2015

Toxic Mercury Reaching California Coast Coming From Unexpected Source - Sea Lions

Mercury in fur being shed by sea lions and seals is raising the levels of the toxic element in coastal waters, researchers find. As apex predators in the marine food chain, marine mammals can be a major source of mercury, they explain.

September 9, 2015

Microplastics In Cosmetic Products Could Be Harmful To Marine Life

Latest study conducted by Plymouth University researchers has found that everyday cosmetic products, such as facial soaps, toothpastes and exfoliants, contain around 100,000 microplastic particles that often end up as pollutants in oceans and rivers.

Life August 28, 2015

EPA Accidentally Spills 1 Million Gallons Of Wastewater From Colorado Mine: What To Know

The EPA has accidentally released 1 million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned mine in Colorado. No health hazards have been reported but the agency warns people to stay away from drinking, swimming and boating in affected areas while they wait for further test results and for the water to eventually dissipate.

Life August 8, 2015

Brazil Olympics Sites Marred By Fecal Contamination And Dirty Water

Venues for the boating and swimming events of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were found to have dangerously high levels of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Those who ingest just three teaspoonfuls of these waters have an almost 100 percent chance of getting infected by a virus.

Life July 30, 2015

Synthetic Corals Can One Day Help Clean Oceans Of Industrial Pollution

Scientists have found a way to eliminate water pollution caused by mercury dumped by industrial processes. The ocean cleaning agents function the same way real corals do, absorbing mercury, but are not prone to dying because they are made of synthetic materials that mimic real corals’ features.

Earth/Environment July 26, 2015

Robot Swans Swim Singapore River To Test And Monitor The Waters In Real-Time

Researchers will start testing robot swans in the waters of South China that will test and monitor the waters for things like pH level and oxygen to prevent contamination.

FUTURE TECH July 13, 2015

Plankton Eat Plastic And So Does The Rest Of The Food Chain, Humans Included

Scientists and filmmakers collaborated to capture how plastic from ocean waste is ingested by the zooplankton in a study and a short environmental film. The researchers emphasized that microplastics pose danger from the planktons to the bigger creatures that consume them and even up to the humans sitting on top of the food chain. The filmmakers encouraged more people to help ensure our oceans are plastic-free.

Earth/Environment July 10, 2015

A Third Of The World's Population Have No Access To Toilets

An estimated 2.4 billion people in the world still do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities, such as toilets, based on the latest Joint Monitoring Program report by the WHO and UNICEF released on Tuesday.

Life July 1, 2015

In Italy, Scientists Are Dosing Eels With Cocaine With Disastrous Results

If we need another reason to stop pollution, cocaine-addicted eels is a pretty good one.

Earth/Environment June 11, 2015

Mystery Goo Killing Hundreds of Birds in California

Source, identity of mysterious rubber-like goo killing birds around San Francisco Bay has officials stumped. Substance fouling feathers has killed more than a hundred birds, they say.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2015

How did Ohio's drinking water lead to a state of emergency?

Officials struggle with problem of toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. Toxins in drinking water prompted declaration of state of emergency.

Earth/Environment August 6, 2014

River in China turns blood red, shocks locals

A waterway found in eastern China has baffled residents when its color suddenly turns blood red. The reason for the mysterious change in color is still being investigated.

Earth/Environment July 28, 2014

Plastic waste translates to $13 billion financial damages annually: UN

The UN estimates that at least $13 billion is lost every year to the destruction of marine environments due to the use of plastic, and the overall environmental cost of plastic waste could be far higher than that.

Earth/Environment June 25, 2014

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