RedskyNews Category: Bitter Water – Event 3

Toxic Legacy Blights Europe

Abandoned mines in Romania leach water contaminated by heavy metals into rivers. A Hungarian chemical plant produces more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic substances a year. Soil in eastern Slovakia is contaminated with cancer-producing PCBs. The flood of toxic sludge

Toxic Metals Found in Wine

Red and white wines from most European nations carry potentially dangerous doses of at least seven heavy metals, U.K. researchers find. A single glass of even the most contaminated wine isn’t poisonous. But drinking just one glass of wine a

Arsenic found in New Hampshire wells

More than 500,000 New Hampshire homeowners using well water may be at greater risk of cancer and other illnesses due to daily doses of arsenic in their water, according to recent studies. According to a study in Bangladesh — the

Mercury found in Queensland’s water

Video Report: Farmers in Kogan on Queensland’s Darling Downs say contamination from the coal gasification trials has spread to their waterways. Mercury is not used in the gasification process.

Oklahoma: Mercury in 16 lakes

OKLAHOMA CITY — Catch a large striped bass in the Broken Bow Reservoir and you might as well throw it back. The bass isn’t safe to eat, according to a Mercury in Fish study released Wednesday. Sixteen state lakes have

Bangladesh. 77 Million Poisoned by Arsenic Water

Up to 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking water in recent decades, according to a Lancet study. The research assessed nearly 12,000 people in a district of the capital Dhaka for

High level of toxic metals in water

Alarmingly high levels of deadly toxic metals in Grahamstown’s tap water has scientists worried about the future health of residents who drink municipal water. According to recently released research, drinking a litre of Settler City tap water a day for

300 children sick with lead poisoning in China

Video: 300 children sick with lead poisoning in China.

UN urges world to tackle mercury health threat

NAIROBI (AFP) – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Sunday urged environment ministers meeting this week in Nairobi to adopt a strategy to curb the use of the highly toxic metal mercury. “The world’s environment ministers meeting in Nairobi,

Mercury found in birds in U.S. rivers

WASHINGTON – Mercury contamination in rivers can spread to nearby birds, even ones that don’t eat fish or other food from the water. Researchers from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., found high levels of mercury in

Toxic metal Cadmium found in Oysters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A heavy metal believed to be benign in the state’s coastal waters does in fact pose a threat to the health and survival of oysters, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte scientist says. The heavy metal

Arsenic poisoning water wells

OUAGADOUGOU, With signs that people are developing diseases linked to arsenic poisoning, the government said that it had turned off pumps to 11 deep-water wells in areas in the north of Burkina Faso. “People were coming to our health centres

Survey Finds Mercury in Fish in West U.S.

Scientists looking for fish tainted by mercury found them in every fish and every river they sampled across the West, suggesting that pollution generated around the world is likely for at least some of it. The survey of 2,707 fish