Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Published 03.12.2018 – UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Emerging pollutants are commonly defined as synthetic or naturally-occurring chemicals or microorganisms that are not commonly monitored or regulated in the environment, yet which have potentially adverse effects on ecological and human health. The sources of emerging pollutants are many, ranging from pharmaceuticals and personal care products, to agricultural pesticides, micro-plastics and household and industrial chemicals.

On 27 November 2018, a three-day Asia … [more…]

“They lied to us” about contaminated groundwater, say residents near Ford’s Livonia plant

photo: Monica O'Connor and Bruce Tenniswood.

Photo: Monica O’Connor and Bruce Tenniswood on the porch of her Alden Village home. Credit: Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Two years ago, residents of Alden Village, a small subdivision directly east of Ford Motor Company’s Livonia Transmission, got a letter from the automaker.

It was not good news.

A plume of groundwater contaminated with vinyl chloride and trichlorethylene — both known carcinogens — had moved off plant property, and … [more…]

South Dakota waterways: dumping grounds for human, industrial, ag wastes

Rivers at Risk: South Dakota waterways serve as dumping grounds for human, industrial, ag wastes

(Photo: Bart Pfankuch / SD News Watch)

From a riverbank or roadside, South Dakota’s waterways appear placid and picturesque.

The tree-lined Big Sioux River meanders smoothly and silently along the state’s eastern border. The mighty Missouri rolls below cliffs and ridges on a curvy path through the center of the state. Rapid Creek glistens with crystal clear water as it flows out of the Black Hills through Rapid City and … [more…]