What’s the newest advancements in water technology? Can we talk about cacti for a moment?Â Those iconic, prickly stalwarts of countless movies and cartoons depicting dry, airless deserts are amazing things and we donâ€™t use the word lightly.Â Like any other living thing, cacti need water to live.Â As they usually live in parched, arid conditions, cacti have developed incredible systems in order to survive.
Those prickles are actually leaves, modified to prevent roaming animals from eating the plant, but also to conserve water.Â Their roots are shallow but spread widely, in order to grab as much rainfall as they can, given the opportunity.Â Some varieties of cacti can soak up 200 gallons of …
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. Â
S3 TrioÂ at Work
The all-female team identified that water from public school fountains often contained impurities, putting the health of students at risk. Â
â€śOur product will purify public school systems’ water by detecting impurities such as chlorine, copper, and bromine.â€ťÂ ~ S3 TrioÂ
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 donâ€™t think too much about the health of our kidneys. Â After all, if weâ€™re in good health, then we can just assume that theyâ€™re happy enough getting on with the job ofâ€¦ofâ€¦ actually, what do kidneys do exactly? Â
We know they filter stuff out, but what? Â And how? More importantly, how can we help them to do it better and more efficiently? Â
Bean There, Done That
Well, kidneys are incredibly sophisticated things. Â Bean-shaped and around the size of an adult fist, our kidneys play a vital role in keeping us healthy. Â Â
The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to a small handful of people from around the world in recognition of their grassroots environmental activism. Â
Selected by an international jury, this yearâ€™s seven winners came from places as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia, South Africaâ€¦and Flint, Michigan. Â
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. Â State authorities didnâ€™t want to listen and LeeAnne worked tirelessly with the EPA and Marc Edwards, a …
Letâ€™s not beat around the bush. Â If we ignore for a moment all the important benefits of hydrogen alkaline water and look purely at the issue of filtration, itâ€™s no secret that there are cheaper ways to filter your water than with a water ionizer. Â
At some point, many people consider buying a jug filter. Â Pitchers are cheap and easy to use, but how do they really compare? Â
Putting You in The Pitcher
Even the most high-end and technically advanced filter pitchers have only a tiny proportion of the capabilities of a water ionizer. Â They remove some impurities from your water and make it taste better, but quite often, …
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 80â€™s. Â
Itâ€™s 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. Â To labor the 80â€™s 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.
Look, donâ€™t shoot the messenger, but thereâ€™s something else to worry about in Americaâ€™s water. Â
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,Â ProfessorÂ of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Coal Ash Court Cases
130 million tons of coal ash is produced each year. Â Arsenic, Chromium-6, mercury and radium are just a few of the dangerous substances potentially leaching into the water supply. Â And …
So, weâ€™ve laid bare the extortionate costÂ of bottled water and highlighted the practice of selling tap water in bottles at a hugely inflated profit. Â Persuading people to buy filtered tap water in a bottle with a slick label is quite a coup for the drinks industry. Â
BPA is Here to Stay?
But itâ€™s not just the ever-rising cost to both your pocket and to the environment. Â Bottled water is problematic in other ways as well.
“Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies. Â They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.”
The PR job is a good one, to be fair. Â When it comes to bottled water, people are prepared to throw a lot of money at it, regardless of the environmental price and the sky-high cost to their pocket. Â
Bottled water costs more than tap water. Â A lot more. Â In fact, a new report from The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that some people are paying an astonishing 10,000 times more per gallonÂ for bottled water than they are for the water that comes out of the tap.
But hereâ€™s the next shocker: frequently the water that you buy in a bottle isâ€¦ermâ€¦tap water. Â