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Category: Water Issues

What Happens When You Drink a Gallon of Water a Day?

I am that person who hates drinking water. Where others enjoy a satisfying thirst quencher, I suffer through a barrage of sulfur, algae, swimming pool, and old metal pipes. Most days I avoid the issue entirely, subsisting on coffee, herbal tea, and the occasional…

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Massive Sinkhole Leaks Radioactive Water Into Florida’s Aquifer – Trevor Nace

A massive sinkhole recently collapsed nearby Mulberry, Florida, draining approximately 215 million gallons of radioactive and contaminated water into Florida’s aquifer. The sinkhole was located directly below a wastewater storage pond used by Mosaic, the largest phosphate fertilizer producer in the world. There is…

Bottled Water & Why Aussies Still Drink It Tap Water is Best – Jamie McKinnell

With one of the most stringent governances of tap water in the world, you would think developing a booming bottled water market in Australia is akin to selling ice to Eskimos. Key points: Over 250 guidelines govern Australian tap water The bottled water industry…

Democratizing” Drinking Water by Taking it From Thin Air – Dan Millison

Assuming healthy humans need 1 liter of Democratizing” Drinking Water by Taking it From Thin Airper day, daily drinking water consumption needs for the world’s 8 billion people could be met using only 0.000004% of the water vapor contained in the atmosphere. In other…

Adding Up the Cost of Climate Change in Lost Lives – Greg Ip

An exhaustive new study focusing only on heat-related damage predicts that by 2099, even with economic growth and adaptation, 1.5 million more people world-wide will die each year because of increased temperatures. PIRatE Lab’s insight: Not surprisingly, wealthier places fare better: in Houston, each…

How Do You Know You’re Drinking Enough Water – Jane E. Brody

I wonder how we all survived — and even thrived — in our younger years without the plethora of water bottles that nearly everyone seems to carry around these days. In reading about the risks and consequences of dehydration, especially for the elderly and…

Could This Low-Cost Device Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need – Emily Matchar

Worldwide, some 850 million people lack access to clean drinking water. Contaminated water transmits a huge variety of diseases, including cholera, dysentery and typhoid, causing more than half a million deaths a year. Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a solar water…

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