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Fracking: A Clear and Present Danger

I don’t like to exaggerate the impacts of the many environmental issues we face. But  it’s impossible to overstate how dangerous fracking is. Fracking stands for “hydraulic fracturing,” a highly polluting process for tapping underground pools of natural gas. It involves drilling a hole a mile deep, thousands of feet long, then pumping down millions […]

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UK urged to ban controversial ‘fracking’ gas-extraction

Gas extraction plans underway in Lancashire would pose a serious risk of contaminating ground and surface waters, says Tyndall Centre report Ongoing plans by UK-based companies to extract gas through a process known as hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ could contaminate local water supplies, according to a report. The relatively new extraction process involves pumping millions […]

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Fences reduce water pollution

Simply fencing off streams and drainage ditches so farm animals can’t deposit manure in and around them could cut levels of faecal pollution dramatically, according to scientists. This would protect the health of people exposed to river water and help Britain comply with EU rules on water quality.

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Dumping contaminates water

Municipality blames ‘old bicycles’ thrown in system A Free State municipality has blamed the contamination of its drinking water on “people throwing building rubble and bicycles” into the water-purification system. The Moqhaka local municipality, which is responsible for Kroonstad, Steynsrus and Viljoenskroon, in the north-eastern Free State, has been dealing with water shortages and contamination […]

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Low-Cost Bacterial Water Tests

Simple, Accessible, Affordable Tests to Assess Microbial Water Quality and Safety in the Developing and Developed World “My hope is that these tests would be transformational. Just like cell phones transformed access to telecommunications for people in developing countries, these could transform access to reliable information about drinking water quality” —Mark Sobsey, PhD, Environmental Health […]

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Eco-Friendly Car Washing

Few people realize that washing our cars in our driveways is one of the most environmentally un-friendly chores we can do around the house. Unlike household waste water that enters sewers or septic systems and undergoes treatment before it is discharged into the environment, what runs off from your car goes right into storm drains […]

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Eco-friendly ant control

Ants are often used as an example to demonstrate the advantages of teamwork, but to most of us these little black insects are nothing more than an irritation and it seems like once they have invaded your home, they are almost impossible to get rid of. There are mainly three types of ants that can […]

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Wash Your Hands!

Real-World Proof of Hand Washing’s Effectiveness Scientists are reporting dramatic new real-world evidence supporting the idea that hand washing can prevent the spread of water-borne disease. It appears in a new study showing a connection between fecal bacteria contamination on hands, fecal contamination of stored drinking water, and health in households in a developing country […]

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The Physical Causes of Water Scarcity (southern Africa)

The causes of water scarcity are varied. Some are natural and others are as a result of human activity. The current debate sites the causes as largely deterministic in that scarcity is a result of identifiable cause and effect. However, if water scarcity is the point at which water stress occurs (the point at which […]

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