Study: People Who Only Drink Bottled Water Ingest 90,000 Microplastic Particles Per Year

Study: People Who Only Drink Bottled Water Ingest 90,000 Microplastic Particles Per Year

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – Studies show humans consume tens of thousands of tiny, little pieces of plastic each year known as microplastics. But if you’re drinking water primarily from plastic water bottles, that number increases significantly.

A new study published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal found Americans ingest between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles each year through what they breathe in, drink or eat depending on age or … [more…]

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world’s population, say experts

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world's population, say experts

17 countries including India, home to 1.3 billion people, are identified as having ‘extremely high’ water stress. Photograph: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report reveals.

Experts at the World Resources Institute (WRI) warned that increasing water stress could lead to more … [more…]

Ancient, near-indestructible ‘water bears’ have crash landed on the moon

Ancient, near-indestructible 'water bears' have crash landed on the moon

A 3D-rendered illustration of a tardigrade a.k.a. water bear a.k.a. moss piglet. (3Dstock/Shutterstock)

Microscopic tardigrades, Earth’s most resilient species, were aboard a privately funded Israeli spacecraft

Thousands of ancient, eight-legged, nigh-indestructible creatures have crash-landed on the moon — and they’ll probably be there long after the human species is wiped off the face of the Earth. They’re called tardigrades, and 10,000 of them were suspended in artificial amber and loaded … [more…]

Chicago water pollution may be keeping invasive silver carp out of Great Lakes, study says

Chicago water pollution may be keeping invasive silver carp out of Great Lakes, study says

Photo: Great Lakes. Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Invasive silver carp have been moving north toward the Great Lakes since their accidental release in the 1970s. The large filter-feeding fish, which are known to jump from the water and wallop anglers, threaten aquatic food webs as well as the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery. But, for the past decade, the invading front hasn’t moved past Kankakee. A new study, led by … [more…]

Water Urbanism

Water Urbanism

The Urban Design Program at Columbia is investigating climate resilience at multiple scales and collaborating with partners in institutions around the world and within the University from science & engineering, journalism, conflict resolution, economics and social justice. Water is constantly in motion, changing states, crossing borders, nourishing (and destroying) life. How can water and urbanism be considered together as a generative frame for urban design practice, social life, and ecological … [more…]