Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 7, 2017 12:00 pm
There has never been running water here. Â Some of the dwindling number of residents, all of whom live in poverty, recall that there were wells up until around 30 years ago, where locals could draw water. Those wells are now dry or contaminated. Â People who live here have to make a seven-mile journey to buy water or depend on donations made to the local Baptist church.
Welcome to Sandbranch, just 14 miles southeast of Dallas, the fifth wealthiest city in America. Â
There hasnâ€™t been any investment here for a long time. Â The community doesnâ€™t have trash collections, proper sewerage or street lighting â€“ yet most of the residents donâ€™t want move, or lack …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 28, 2017 7:00 am
November 15 marked America Recycles Day, a joint initiative with Keep America Beautiful. Â Â Tens of thousands of people made a commitment to recycling and hundreds of events are taking place over the coming month to support this awesome cause. Â
Make a Pledge to the Planet
Interested in joining in? Â Why not make the America Recycles pledge to:
Learn. Â Â I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community.
Act. Â Within the next month, I will reduce the amount of waste I produce, I will recycle more, and I will buy products made with recycled content.
Share. Â In the next month, I will encourage one family member or
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 14, 2017 7:00 am
Americaâ€™s water system is undeniably in crisis.Â The projected cost of fixing the miles of pipeline that criss-cross the country runs to $1 trillion, according to some estimates.Â Thereâ€™s no quick fix.
Next Generation â€“ New Hope
But where there is a future, there is always hope.Â And where there is hope, there is a future.Â Maybe the next generation will come up with some answers, determined to put right what is broken and unsustainable.Â This possibility has been highlighted by eleven-year-old Gitanjali Rao, winner of America’s top young scientist award.
Horrified by the news of lead contamination in the water of Flint, Michigan, Gitanjali quickly realized the …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 26, 2017 12:00 pm
The third annual Imagine a Day Without Water took place on the 12th October. Â Schools and workplaces participated with utilities and water organizations to look at how much we depend on water. Â
The True Value of Water
The recent hurricanes that have seen thousands of people having their access to clean, safe water cut off, highlight just how vital water is to our health and well being. Â
Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. Â Imagine a Day Without Water 2017Â isÂ the thirdÂ annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.
Thousands of people every year are affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly. Â According to the Cancer Statistics Center, 255,180Â new cases are anticipated during 2017, which are projected to result in some 41,070 deaths from breast cancer across America before the year is out.
Can We Reduce Our Risk Factors?
Despite these statistics, deaths from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989, largely due to better detection rates through screening, increased awareness and improved methods of treatment. Â
So what can we do to help our bodies stay as healthy as possible and actively lower the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer? Â
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 19, 2017 12:00 pm
We recently looked at the plastics that we unknowingly drink when we crack open a fresh bottle of water or turn on the tap. Â America is the world leader in plastic fiber contamination, with a horrifying 94% of nationwide samples testing positive. Â India and Lebanon are the closest runners-up; but for now, the dubious honor of topping the plastic fiber contamination table belongs to us. Â
Plastic is Not Fantastic
Plastic fibers are expelled into the air and into our water supply all the time. Â The problem is that our current methods of treating drinking water are inadequate. Â Thatâ€™s not a new fact; horror stories about the problems with Americaâ€™s water infrastructure …
Are you one of the 63% of people in America worried about the ongoing water crisis?Â The data from Gallup’s annual Environment poll, which was conducted in March 2017, shows that a large majority of people are concerned about the safety of their drinking water.
Gallup first started tracking polled results regularly in 1999.Â The findings show that people are more worried about water safety than they have been since 2001.Â The collective concerns undoubtedly reflect the media spotlight that has unflinchingly shone on Americaâ€™s water infrastructure problems, widely uncovered as a result of the Flint crisis.
The $1Trillion Problem
Itâ€™s no surprise that so many people worry about environmental pollution …
We all need to drink around 2 liters of water every day to stay properly hydrated.Â That still applies to anyone with a sedentary lifestyle or sitting at a desk job.Â But sometimes, our bodies need more.
A Thirst for Fitness!Â
If you play sports, take an exercise class, go hiking or enjoy any of the fantastic fitness opportunities available to most of us — you need to increase the amount of water you drink.
To be fair, thatâ€™s common knowledge.Â After all, our bodies tell us that weâ€™re thirsty, so we sip some water.Â But why?Â What happens inside our body that means we should drink …
We learned a little more this week about how lead ended up flowing out the taps in Flint.Â Researchers at the University of Michigan have released their forensic conclusions on how the crisis took shape.
The “Swiss Cheese” Evidence
Officials had put forward a claim that failure to add anti-corrosion chemicals hadnâ€™t impacted on the eventual contamination of the water.Â This assertion was undermined by the researchersâ€™ discovery of “a Swiss cheese pattern” in the aging pipework cause by corrosion.
The research team goes on to emphasize the importance of ensuring that anti-corrosion chemicals are used in all of Americaâ€™s aging water systems to prevent lead-laced water …