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 21, 2017 7:00 am
In 1990, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of an 11-year study into the long term cognitive and neurobehavioral effects of lead exposure in children. Â
What Does Lead Do?
The children had been exposed to lead during their childhood, in some cases relatively low levels. Â 132 test subjects were re-examined in 1988 and the following neurobehavioral traits were identified as being related to lead exposure during childhood:
Poorer hand/eye co-ordination
Slower reaction times
“No Safe Level of Lead”
Although some lead can be excreted by the body, children are more susceptible to long term effects from lead exposure, as their …
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 November 9, 2017 12:00 pm
The Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean is almost 7 miles deep. Â Its perpetually black depths are commonly referred to as the most remote place on the entire planet. Â Extraordinary creatures survive in the dark with water pressure of eight tons per square inch. Â But something else has been discovered in this inaccessible ocean trench. Â Astonishing levels of man-made pollution, along with plastic bags and soda cans. Â
Plastics on the Menu
Weâ€™re steadily choking our planet with plastic, according to recent research. Â Up to 13 million tons of plastic finds it way into our oceans every single year, where it can then be ingested by wildlife. Â Of course, …
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 …
Yet another unpalatable fact about Americaâ€™s drinking water emerged upon publication of a report into the presence of microscopic plastic fibers in an astonishing 94 percent of samples tested.
Itâ€™s not just America that is swallowing untold quantities of plastics from industry, homes and manufacturing; around 80 percent of samples worldwide tested positive. Â If itâ€™s in our water, then itâ€™s in our food. Â If itâ€™s our food, then our bodies are awash with plastic fibers of unknown origin. Â
It gets worse. Â Plastic doesnâ€™t biodegrade. Â Instead, it just gets smaller and smaller until itâ€™s a tiny particle measured by nanometer (one nanometer is one-billionth of a …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 12, 2017 12:00 pm
The issue of whatâ€™s in the water we drink â€“ and more worryingly â€“ what shouldnâ€™t be in it, has never been more pressing. Â
Nationwide scandals attached to the potential dangers of drinking tap water have prompted millions of Americans to ask the question, “what exactly are we drinking?”
Many have stopped trusting the municipal water supply altogether. Â An obvious alternative? Bottled water. Â Well, sure. Â Itâ€™s convenient and available virtually everywhere. Â Plus, itâ€™s in a sealed, factory-produced bottle. Â Itâ€™s clean and good for us, right? Â Well, not always. Â In fact the EWG has recently published a report on exactly why we should look very closely at the risks of drinking bottled water. Â