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Neonics Found in US Drinking Water 
The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been implicated in a variety of environmental problems, perhaps best known is their suspected connection with devastated bee populations. Now it has been discovered that the chemicals have found their way into American drinking water. Little is know about what this could mean for health, and you can be sure more research is on its way, but the BBC has the story for now: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39504487

Road Salt Poisoning US Lakes 
In recent years, the use of road salt has been debated in Oregon, but not generally adopted. In parts of the country where salting roads is an established practice, troubling results to the environment have developed: local lakes are reaching levels of contamination toxic to aquatic life. Ars Technica provides details: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/thousands-of-us-lakes-probably-getting-saltier-thanks-to-road-salt/

Currents Sweeping Microplastics to Arctic 
The vast tons of microscopic plastic debris that enter our oceans each year spread far and wide. It has now been discovered that ocean currents are working like a “conveyor belt”, carrying and dumping the particles in arctic areas previously pristine. The Smithsonian elaborates: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-arctic-ocean-suffering-plastic-pollution-180962985/

Global Food Trade Driving Water Depletion 
The pressures on water supplies worldwide are substantially exceeding sustainability, and agriculture is a primary driver of this overuse. Global trade, rather than serving to mitigate these effects, is greatly exacerbating them. The BBC reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39431680

 

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