Water Wastage in the UK: A Leaky Legacy [Plus What You Can Do]

On July 17, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

The U.K. wastes about three billion liters of water per day, water that is treated and completely safe for human consumption. However, a great deal of this wastage occurs well before the customer turns on the tap, since there are many leaks in the plumbing system that would take too much cost and inconvenience for […]

 

Visualising the world’s water security threat – Geographical

On July 15, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Each hectare of farmland sustains the food production for one out of every four people on Earth. But the distribution of this cropland around the world is uneven. Cropland is under threat from climate change, the use of land for biofuels instead of food, and other environmental factors. Most importantly, croplands are vulnerable due to […]

 

Water Pollution: Everything You Need to Know

On July 13, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

The amount of drinkable water on Earth is limited, and yet we are destroying it. 80 percent of waste water is left untreated and dumped into the existing water supply, and every single state in the US has contaminated water sources, even some with arsenic. As the global population rises in the future, so will […]

 

Southern Water hit with £126m fine for ‘shocking’ sewage spills – CityAM

On July 11, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

The UK based sewage treatment company Southern Water has been fined £126 million by the British government’s Water Services Regulation Authority. The watchdog group alleged that from 2010 to 2017, Southern Water neglected to invest in their own treatment plants, resulting in equipment failure and environmental contamination by sewage. It then proceeded to lie about […]

 

River Clun ford could be replaced with bridge to aid conservation – Powys County Times

On July 9, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

The River Clun in south Shropshire is a Special Area of Conservation, but it may lose that status. The supply of freshwater pearl mussels from the river is also declining. River Clun has seven tributary streams and each of them influences water quality. The water quality is not good enough to meet conservation objectives for […]

 

Managing water in mines

On July 7, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Drilling holes naturally makes water want to flow. This is especially impactful because it can deplete or contaminate the drinking water sources with dangerous toxins. It costs money to remove the excess water as well as keeping it clean and prevent it from damaging the environment. The main source of the excess water is rainfall […]

 

Aggregate Industries restores quarry to wetland

On July 5, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Aggregat Industries bought Tuckleholme quarry and began to restore it for wild life preservation. New habitats include reedbeds that contribute to attract many types of bird species. The reeds also filter the water flowing in so it improves water quality. They also limited the number of trees planted to allow species to thrive without the […]

 

How to keep healthy in the city – CDB News

On July 3, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Living in a city comes with some health hazards, such as the consistent exposure to toxic air pollution. However, if you make a concerted effort, city living can also have many health benefits. According to Kieser, an organization committed to the promotion of healthy city living, maintaining a strong body through strength training is one […]

 

10 Ways Clean Water Can Improve The World | Ohio University

On July 1, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

According to UN statistics, 783 million people worldwide lack access to the 5-13 gallons of clean water than each person needs daily for drinking, sanitation and cooking purposes. It is thought that 3.5 million of those people will die every year due to the lack of adequate clean water. Improving global access to clean water […]

 

Bottled water giants back new global plan to cut plastic waste – Reuters

On June 29, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

As a younger to middle aged American, I remember and still see recycling programs being enforced, especially when it comes to plastic bottles and reusable options. On June 11th, 2019 Megan Rowling reports that one of the world’s largest contributors to this type of waste has unveiled their new plan to start doing their part […]