After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water

photo: Tubbs wildfire destroyed homes, may release chemical contaminants

Photo: The ruins of houses destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 14, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. David McNew / Getty Images file

At least 65 percent of the public water supply in the Western U.S. comes from fire-prone areas, and wildfires can taint water with toxins and parasites.

Gerald and Serene Buhrz were among the lucky ones.

When they fled their home at 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 8, … [more…]

Most Bottled Water Contaminated With Microplastics

Most Bottled Water Contaminated With Microplastics

Plastic has become an incredibly harmful convenience, now threatening environmental and human health alike, and in more ways than one. With Earth Day being tomorrow [April 2018], there is no better time to analyze the impact bottled water has had on our planet. There’s the issue of bulk plastics in our landfills, where it will remain indefinitely since most plastic does not biodegrade, and microplastics — microscopic pieces of degraded … [more…]

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé found to be worst plastic polluters…

photo: diver collecting plastic debris, holding sign asking: Coca-Cola, is this yours?

…worldwide in global cleanups and brand audits

Photo: A Greenpeace diver holds a banner reading “Coca-Cola is this yours?” and a Coke bottle found adrift in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Even hundreds of kilometres from any inhabited land, plastic can be found polluting our environment. © Justin Hofman / Greenpeace

Manila, Philippines – Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the most frequent companies identified in 239 cleanups and brand audits … [more…]

Boxed water replaces plastic at Princeton

photo: "Boxed" - cartons of water replace plastic bottles at Princeton University

Environmentally friendlier packaging is a transitional step as the school looks for a more permanent alternative to landfill-clogging traditional plastic bottles.

Princeton University Dining is boxing out environmentally wasteful plastic water bottles with…um, boxes. That’s right, boxed water.

Similar to cardboard cartons of milk, the containers come in half-liter and one-liter sizes and are priced the same as their plastic equivalents, which were removed from all retail, catering and residential … [more…]

Proof humans ARE eating plastic

photo: tool for taking fecal samples. Proof humans ARE eating plastic: Experts find nine different types of microplastic in every sample taken from human guts with water and drinks bottles blamed as the source

Experts find nine types of microplastic in every sample from human guts

  • Sources could include the eating of fish or drinking from plastic bottles
  • The smallest microplastic particles are capable of entering the bloodstream
  • Research was a pilot study involving eight participants. Each one kept a food diary for a week

Human bodies are becoming polluted with plastic, scientists have confirmed for the first time.

Tiny pieces were found in … [more…]