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Sulabh Toilets Flush With Possibility

In 1970, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak designed the sulabh sauchalaya (latrines-pour-flush toilet with twin leach pit) and founded what is now the Sulabh Movement. The movement is based on a simple idea that proper sanitation and wastewater management is good for public health and climate change. He announced to the World Environment and Water Resources Congress […]

July 5th

Hormone Disruptor BPA is in the Water Now

Scientists have now confirmed that an increasingly infamous chemical (or hormone disruptor) that is linked to obesity, miscarriage, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other health concerns is not just in our plastic bottles, soda cans and canned food, but it’s also in the water. What is likely to be the number one source? “Unbreakable” polycarbonate […]

April 16th

The Birth Control Pill Threatens Fish Reproduction

An estimated 80 million women worldwide  take oral contraceptives (aka “the Pill“) to “inhibit ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy”.  First available to the public in the 1960s, the Pill has been pronounced as “the most significant medical advance of the 20th century”.  Although the Pill revolutionized women’s health, traces of the contraceptive are ending up […]

April 12th

Smart Water for Green Schools Program Launches in Ghana

Green Cross International’s (GCI) mission is “to respond to the combined challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future.” Founded in 1993 as a merger between former U.S.S.R. President Mikhail Gorbacev’s idea for an organization that would apply the medical emergency response model of the International Committee of the […]

March 20th

Chicago Says Disinfecting City's Sewage is Eco Un-Friendly

Chicago is the only major U.S. city that does not disinfect its sewage. Why? Because it’s bad for the environment. At least that’s the latest reason from its 120-year-old water agency. They claim disinfecting the water would bolster the district’s greenhouse gas emissions and thereby do more bad than good. Engineers with the Metropolitan Water […]

February 17th

CNN Flip Flop: Benefits of Eating PCB Ladened Farmed Fish Outweigh Risks

Farm-raised salmon practices are often criticized by environmentalists because of pollution risks and stock escaping into the wild, but aquaculture may be needed to meet the demand for fish consumption in times of dwindling wild supplies.  Recently, CNN health expert Dr. Melina Jampolis rekindled the debate on whether farm-raised salmon is safe for human consumption. […]

January 25th

$10 million In EPA Grants to Measure Beach Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide close to $10 million in grants to help monitor beach water quality. The funds will be available to 37 eligible coastal and Great Lakes states, territories and tribes to monitor beach water quality and alert the public to unsafe swimming conditions. The grant program is part of […]

January 12th

Malibu Bans Septic Systems to Protect Surfers

It’s hard to believe a famous city like Malibu, California would still have polluting septic systems.  With 21-miles of coastline, Malibu is a favorite spot for surfers and water enthusiasts.  The Malibu Surfing Association has led the way in getting the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to “prohibit the release of pollutants and […]

December 26th

Tests Confirm Oregon Dogs Died from Toxic Algae

Four Oregon dogs have died from toxic algae found in Elk Creek near its confluence with the Umpqua River. Low flows resulting from drought have caused algae blooms that are toxic to pets, humans, and livestock.  One dog’s cause of death has been confirmed as caused by blue-green algae, leading officials to presume similar causes […]

September 28th

MRSA Bacteria Found at Puget Sound Public Beaches

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been scaring the public and health community due to its resistance to antibiotics and how it is easily spread in communities and health care facilities.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), MRSA is spreading: The estimated number of people developing a serious MRSA infection (i.e., invasive) in 2005 […]

September 25th

Study Reveals 30% of Showerheads Harboring Pathogens

Your showerhead is probably one of the last things to suspect as being potentially harmful, but that’s what a new study shows: showerheads can and do harbor pathogens, which may be making you sick. 30% of the showerheads sampled in a recent study had high levels of Mycobacterium avium, which is linked to pulmonary disease. […]

September 17th

Clean Water Act Violations Rarely Prosecuted

In an extensive series on “toxic waters”, the New York Times has discovered that “more than 50 percent of regulated facilities violated the Clean Water Act (CWA), but enforcement actions against polluters were infrequent.” Hawaii has the greatest number of violators per 100 facilities; Nevada has the least.  Missouri is the state with the least […]

September 16th