Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean, says it’s “unavoidable”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the government has put off figuring out what to do with all of the radioactive water at the now-defunct Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for long enough. The prime minister will decide next week whether to dump the radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean in spite of strong opposition from fishermen in Fukushima. Officials … Continue reading Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into the ocean, says it’s “unavoidable”

Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

Experts are raising the alarm about a certain family of chemicals that are found in several commercial cleaning products. Quaternary ammonium compounds, or quats, are charged chemicals that can kill bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. But though they are effective disinfectants, researchers found that quats can give rise to serious health and environmental problems, including antibiotic resistance, … Continue reading Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

Chemical reaction between pipe alloy and water disinfectants produce cancer-causing chromium in drinking water

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have found that pipe alloy can react with residual water disinfectants to produce cancer-causing chromium that gets mixed in drinking water. In a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers said that chemical reactions can change chromium in water pipes into a form that creates genetic mutations in cells. Pipe alloy plus disinfectants … Continue reading Chemical reaction between pipe alloy and water disinfectants produce cancer-causing chromium in drinking water

Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden developed a method that can remove nearly 100 percent of toxic mercury from contaminated water. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said that the electrochemical process works by encouraging mercury ions to form an alloy with another metal. This effectively draws the heavy metal out of the … Continue reading Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Researchers look to nanopores for new water treatment methods

For a while now, scientists have been looking into the use of nanomaterials as a way to clean water. The idea is that nanofilters made from these materials would be able to remove even the smallest impurities and contaminants in water. In a recent study published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry, a team led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute … Continue reading Researchers look to nanopores for new water treatment methods

Science proves that fluoridated water damages children

While it may be argued that continuing to use fluoridate toothpaste and mouthwash is beneficial in helping to prevent dental caries, lacing entire water supplies with the stuff is overtly anti-science, no matter how one dices it. This is why Food & Water Watch, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and … Continue reading Science proves that fluoridated water damages children

10 Reasons to avoid fluoride, a toxic chemical

Many people assume that fluoride is a relatively harmless mineral. If authorities intentionally put it in water supplies around the country, how bad can it be? The truth is that fluoride damages health in many ways. As the chemical ion of the reactive element fluorine, fluoride can be found naturally in certain foods as well … Continue reading 10 Reasons to avoid fluoride, a toxic chemical

A dose of toxic synthetic chemicals: Researchers detect “forever chemicals” in California’s drinking water

Drinking water sources serving 7.5 million Californians are contaminated with toxic synthetic chemicals, according to a study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization specializing in environmental research. These chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, are commonly called “forever chemicals,” as they are extremely resistant to degradation once they get released to the environment. Low doses … Continue reading A dose of toxic synthetic chemicals: Researchers detect “forever chemicals” in California’s drinking water

Fluoride linked to IMPAIRED kidney and liver function in adolescents, warn researchers

A study that was recently published in the Environment International journal showed just how dangerous fluoride can be in adolescence. The study looked at the relationship between the levels of fluoride in young people’s drinking water and blood and the health of their kidneys and livers. The adolescents studied were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. … Continue reading Fluoride linked to IMPAIRED kidney and liver function in adolescents, warn researchers

Chemicals found in tap water could be responsible for more than 100,000 cases of cancer

Diet, genetics and environmental factors all have a hand in determining one’s risk for cancer, one of the deadliest chronic diseases around the globe. But a recent report from an environmental advocacy group cautions that millions across the US could be facing a greater risk of cancer due to contaminated tap water. In a major breakthrough, scientists … Continue reading Chemicals found in tap water could be responsible for more than 100,000 cases of cancer