The 2009 Stockholm Water Prize, the water worldâ€™s equivalent of the Nobel, was awarded to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India and whose work is known worldwide for advancement and focus in the areas of public health, social progress and human rights. He has done extensive work since founding […]
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200 miles of the Hudson River were classified as a Superfund site in 1984. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) established the Superfund program to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites.Â The Hudson River was contaminated by two General Electric (GE) capacitor production plants.Â From 1947-1977, “between 209,000 and 1.3 […]
The best way to escape the summer heat is to head to the beach; however, you may be putting your health at risk by swimming in polluted waters.Â A record number of public beach closures prompted by water pollution occurred last year.Â According to a Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) report of US beaches, “pollution […]
GreenTalk Radio host Sean Daily speaks with Ryan Hreljac, of Ryan’s Well. At the age of 6, he began his active life of advocacy for water-poor communities in 1998 when he determinedly focused his sights on building a single well for a dry village in Africa.
The Utah Test & Training Range (UTTR) on Hill Air Force Base (AFB) is a Superfund site, meaning abandoned hazardous waste exists requiring federal authority to clean it up.Â According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are ten areas containing hazardous waste materials at Hill AFB.Â “In addition, Hill AFB deposited heavy metals and […]
One of the most common forms of litter are cigarette butts.Â Once these butts enter waterways, they become toxic to fish.Â According to a new study by San Diego Sate University (SDSU), filter-tipped cigarette butts are deadly to marine and freshwater fish.Â In fact, researchers would like to have the butts classified as hazardous waste.
During heavy rainfall, the runoff that is not absorbed into the ground washes pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, bacteria, salts, animal waste, trash, heavy metals, etc. into storm drains. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 77 of 127 key pollutants have been detected in urban storm runoff. What can you do to […]
A study from Baylor University, which was published in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal, found that fish from rivers near Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Philadelphia all have high traces of both drugs and cosmetic chemicals.
A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that over 20% of the private wells sampled contained at least one contaminant at levels of concern for potential health issues. Most of the contaminants came from natural geological sources in the aquifers, such as radon and arsenic, but some were from human sources, including […]
Water might be the source of life but in many parts of the world, it can also be the cause of death. Millions of people around the world, particularly those in the global south do not have access to clean and safe drinking water.
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India, has been awarded the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his innovative work in the sanitation field.
Advocates for rainforest conservation often cite how these forests are “nature’s medicine cabinet“. With only one percent of the world’s tropical plants tested for their medicinal properties and 120 prescription drugs originating in rainforest plants already, the cure to many illnesses may be contained in these tropical forests. What about our oceans? Could they also […]