Aria Bendix, provided by Published 12:48 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Shutterstock A study from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found that contaminants in California drinking water could lead to nearly 15,500 cases of cancer among people who drink it for a lifetime. The study considered the cumulative effect of multiple contaminants in a water supply. The communities with the highest risk of cancer saw particularly high levels of arsenic in their drinking water, according to the study. The actual number of cancer cases linked to drinking water could be higher or lower than the EWG's estimate, but independent researchers say the results aren't surprising. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. We often rely on our senses to determine if water is safe to drink. When it tastes metallic, smells foul, or comes out yellow or brown, it's reasonable to assume there may be contaminants lurking in our water supply. But a number of … [Read more...] about California’s contaminated drinking water could lead to nearly 15,500 cancer cases over the course of a lifetime. Here’s how worried you should be.
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Owen Burke, provided by Published 3:10 pm PDT, Thursday, March 21, 2019 Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Friday, March 22 is World Water Day. If there's anything we can do to pay homage to that wonderful elixir of life that envelops the majority of our big blue planet, it's cut back on our plastic usage. Below is a roundup of all the ways we can (mostly) avoid plastics in our endless pursuit of hydrating our earthly wares. Read more: 9 cheap solutions for people who want to waste less and wean themselves off single-use items With roughly 9.2 billion tons of plastic flowing into our oceans each year, it's hard to fathom the impact we're having on our big, mostly blue marble. According to a recent study conducted by some 10,000 … [Read more...] about 11 smarter buys that can help curb your plastic bottle use — from a $32 reusable water bottle to a $210 filtration system
Erin Brockovich is a former legal clerk and clean-water advocate who was made famous by Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning portrayal of her in the 2000 film that shares her name. Brockovich helped citizens of Hinkley, California fight California Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) after unsafe levels of the carcinogen Chromium 6 were found in their water. Brockovich told Business Insider that she’s “funny” about her own drinking water. She offered a few tips for how to determine if your tap water is safe to drink and what to do when it’s not. If tap water looks like the colour of “light pee,” Erin Brockovich refuses to drink it. The self-billed “water gal” made a name for herself fighting California Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in 1996, when Chromium-6 leeched into tap water in the Mojave Desert. The legal case ended with a $US333 million settlement. At low-level concentrations, the cancer-causing chemical can turn clear … [Read more...] about Erin Brockovich is warning about an emerging drinking-water crisis in the US. Here’s how she recommends you protect yourself.
Updated 9:41 am PDT, Monday, October 29, 2018 In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, retired Col. Dr. Basil Pruitt poses at the University of Texas Health San Antonio in San Antonio. Dr. Pruitt led the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston for 27 years and helped pave the way for many of the life-saving therapies now in place for badly burned troops and civilians. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP) less In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, retired Col. Dr. Basil Pruitt poses at the University of Texas Health San Antonio in San Antonio. Dr. Pruitt led the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston for ... more Photo: Jerry Lara, AP In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, retired Col. Dr. Basil Pruitt poses at the University of Texas Health San Antonio in San Antonio. Dr. Pruitt led the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston for 27 years and helped pave the way … [Read more...] about Physician in San Antonio, 88, praised for burn knowledge
At 4:30 p.m. on October 1, Lan, a 6th grade student in Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan District, slams open her house door. She runs into the toilet and is inside for almost 10 minutes, not bothering to greet her family. "I didn’t go the whole afternoon," Lan explains while washing her hands. Linh, her mother, is completely unsurprised: "It happens a couple of times a month." Lan has cultivated the habit of not using the washroom at school because she does not have the patience to wait and also fear. Her floor has toilets for both sexes. The girls’ bathrooms have three toilets and a big shower room for changing clothes and washing up after PE class. But three toilets are far too few for 360 students. During rush hour, like the lunch break, all are crowded and stink. Lan and her classmates always have to wait in long lines in front of the bathroom. They often cannot wait for their turn due to the smell. "When the bathroom is not occupied, I don’t feel like I have to go. But … [Read more...] about Across Vietnam, squalid school toilets endanger students’ health