Oil spill sullies river in Ecuador
A Petroecuador pipeline ruptured in Ecuador's Amazon basin region, spilling 10,000 barrels of crude into a river and alarming locals left without fresh well water, authorities said Monday.
Recycling farm plastics gains momentum
(Phys.org) —On today's farms, plastic is as ubiquitous as dirt. From plastic film that wraps silage to leftover pesticide containers to the thin trays that hold seedlings, plastic plays an important role. ...
Water restored in Chile capital after day-long cut
Water has been restored in Chile's capital Santiago after a 24-hour pollution-related outage that affected more than two million people, the water utility said Wednesday.
Plastics and chemicals they absorb pose double threat to marine life
(Phys.org)—Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according ...
US town bans bottled water
Water, water everywhere—just not in plastic bottles, says a town in the US state of Massachusetts.
Self-filling water bottle takes cues from desert beetle
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.