Three students from Washington DC, Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff, collectively known as S3 Trio, have been named as the only East Coast finalists in the NASA “OPSPARC” Challenge for coming up with an innovative way of cleaning up lead-contaminated drinking water. ¬†
S3 Trio¬†at Work
The all-female team identified that water from public school fountains often contained impurities, putting the health of students at risk. ¬†
‚ÄúOur product will purify public school systems’ water by detecting impurities such as chlorine, copper, and bromine.‚ÄĚ¬†~ S3 Trio¬†
The dynamic 11th graders opted for a community project, working on the serious health issues posed …
Unless we have a specific reason to do so, many of us don‚Äôt think too much about the health of our kidneys. ¬†After all, if we‚Äôre in good health, then we can just assume that they‚Äôre happy enough getting on with the job of‚Ä¶of‚Ä¶ actually, what do kidneys do exactly? ¬†
We know they filter stuff out, but what? ¬†And how? More importantly, how can we help them to do it better and more efficiently? ¬†
Bean There, Done That
Well, kidneys are incredibly sophisticated things. ¬†Bean-shaped and around the size of an adult fist, our kidneys play a vital role in keeping us healthy. ¬†¬†
The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to a small handful of people from around the world in recognition of their grassroots environmental activism. ¬†
Selected by an international jury, this year‚Äôs seven winners came from places as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia, South Africa‚Ä¶and Flint, Michigan. ¬†
A Short History of Environmental Heroism
Just after Flint officials notoriously switched the city water source in April 2014 to save money, LeeAnne Walters started to become concerned that the water she and her four children were drinking was harmful.
She was, of course, right, but proving it was a struggle. ¬†State authorities didn‚Äôt want to listen and LeeAnne worked tirelessly with the EPA and Marc Edwards, …
So, we learned that applying Tyent ionized hydrogen water to your skin helps to turn back the clock. This revelation means you can ditch the expensive anti-aging creams and stay looking youthful the natural way!
But how about inside your body? ¬†We can see the effect of aging on our skin, but we can‚Äôt see how it affects our bodies. ¬†Plenty of people will vouch for the fact that you can feel it though! Age is blamed for aches, pains, lethargy and a host of other ailments that somehow seem to creep up on us.
Change Your Water, Change Your Life
This is where drinking Tyent Water can really make the kind of difference that changes your …
Back in 2016, French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain ‚Äėfessed up to releasing carcinogenic chemicals from its premises in Merrimack, New Hampshire, causing private wells in the area to become contaminated though the local groundwater. ¬†
Bottled Water Hand-Out
Following the spill, bottled water was provided to residents with a private well within a one-mile radius of the plant, which meant supplying around 400 properties with bottled water. ¬†
The state gave Saint-Gobain strict deadlines to fix the problem, requiring the 350-year old corporation to conceive, design and install a water treatment solution to clean up the contamination.
A Satisfactory Solution?
Flash forward to March 2018, and state officials have reached ‚Äúa monumental agreement‚ÄĚ¬†to ensure …
Free Radicals might sound like the kind of band name you and your buddy, that guy with the keyboard and the bad perm, might have chosen back in the 80‚Äôs. ¬†
It‚Äôs true to say that free radicals sound a lot cooler than they really are. Existing virtually everywhere in the modern world, free radicals are impossible to avoid. ¬†To labor the 80‚Äôs band theme again, like an aging rock star who has lived a wild and toxic life on the road: free radicals are unstable, slightly unhinged molecules trying to hook up with a nice, calming electron to stabilize them and settle down with.
Most of us know how it feels to become temporarily thirsty, and then slaking that thirst with a long, cool drink that restores our bodies to a healthily hydrated state again. ¬†This common type of dehydration is known as temporary dehydration.
Thirst Doesn‚Äôt Come First
It‚Äôs worth noting that although we‚Äôre sometimes guilty of waiting until we feel thirsty to drink, thirst isn‚Äôt one of the early warning signs of dehydration. ¬†By the time we feel thirsty, our bodies are already experiencing other signs of dehydration, such as needing to urinate less and having a dry or sticky mouth. ¬†
Chronic dehydration is more serious. ¬†Known to occur as a …
Look, don‚Äôt shoot the messenger, but there‚Äôs something else to worry about in America‚Äôs water. ¬†
Bosses at coal-burning power plants country-wide are required to file reports with the Environmental Protection Agency this month, looking into the toxins that are being released into groundwater from vast, unlined “ponds” containing coal ash and debris.
“Coal ash ponds need to be addressed as potential environmental and human health issues.”
~ Avner Vengosh,¬†Professor¬†of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Coal Ash Court Cases
130 million tons of coal ash is produced each year. ¬†Arsenic, Chromium-6, mercury and radium are just a few of the dangerous substances potentially leaching into the water supply. ¬†…
It‚Äôs almost funny. ¬†The FDA is militant about not allowing perfectly edible and delicious unpasteurized Camembert and many other legendary cheeses into the country, but it is far more laid back when it comes to the controversial chemical BPA ‚Äď linked to low birth weight and certain types of cancer.
According to the FDA, unlike a decent wheel of Brie de Meaux, BPA is “probably alright in very small doses.”¬† We‚Äôre paraphrasing here, by the way, but you get the gist.
“Probably alright in very small doses” is fine when you‚Äôre talking about certain things. ¬†Cleaning your teeth with the kids‚Äô toothpaste for a day because you‚Äôve run …
So, we‚Äôve laid bare the extortionate cost¬†of bottled water and highlighted the practice of selling tap water in bottles at a hugely inflated profit. ¬†Persuading people to buy filtered tap water in a bottle with a slick label is quite a coup for the drinks industry. ¬†
BPA is Here to Stay?
But it‚Äôs not just the ever-rising cost to both your pocket and to the environment. ¬†Bottled water is problematic in other ways as well.
“Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies. ¬†They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.”