Health uncertainties torment Japanese in nuke zone
(AP) -- Yoshiko Ota keeps her windows shut. She never hangs her laundry outdoors. Fearful of birth defects, she warns her daughters: Never have children.
Yangtze river pollution sparks panic in China
A cargo ship spilled acid into China's longest river last week, contaminating tap supplies and sparking a run on bottled water in eastern China, the government and state media said.
Plastic bottles solve Nigeria's housing problem
The idea undoubtedly seemed strange at first: take the plastic water bottles that litter Nigeria's roads, canals and gutters and allow people to live inside them.
New standard specification may facilitate use of additives that trigger biodegradation of oil-based plastics in landfill
(PhysOrg.com) -- Despite efforts to encourage the recycling of plastic water bottles, milk jugs and similar containers, a majority of the plastic packaging produced each year in the United States ends up in ...
Light from a water bottle could brighten millions of poor homes (w/ video)
'Plastic bottle' solution for arsenic-contaminated water threatening 100 million people
With almost 100 million people in developing countries exposed to dangerously high levels of arsenic in their drinking water, and unable to afford complex purification technology, scientists today described a simple, inexpensive ...
Research shows 'BPA-free' bottles live up to manufacturers' claims
The alarm caused by bisphenol A (BPA) presence in reusable plastic bottles resulted in a recent industry change, producing products made with supposed BPA-free materials.
VTT examined the first bottle of 170-year-old beer
Finnish research center VTT has examined one of five bottles of beer salvaged last summer by divers from the wreck of a ship that sank an estimated 170 years ago in the Aland Islands.
Social class makes no difference to water contamination risk
Wealthy, well educated people who choose to drink bottled water rather than water from public supplies may be no less exposed to potentially cancer-causing water contaminants, according to new research published in BioMed ...
US says too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth
(AP) -- In a remarkable turnabout, federal health officials say many Americans are now getting too much fluoride because of its presence not just in drinking water but in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products, ...
Students' water-testing tool wins $40,000, launches nonprofit
University of Washington engineering students have won an international contest for their design to monitor water disinfection using the sun's rays. The students will share a $40,000 prize from the Rockefeller ...
Solar-powered disaster relief
As water and fuel remained scarce in the weeks following the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, one resource that relief teams could have used to help prevent dehydration literally surrounds the Caribbean ...
Student's water bottles will help the world's poor
(PhysOrg.com) -- A student is helping fund third-world African communities by designing an innovative eco-friendly water bottle.
Study finds high level of bacteria in bottled water in Canada
A Montreal study finds heterotrophic bacteria counts, in more than 70 percent of bottled water samples, exceed the recommended limits specified by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Researchers from Ccrest laboratories ...