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Two Rapporteurs Appointed by the UN Visit Detroit: Restore access to water

Two special rapporteurs from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke at a press conference yesterday, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in Detroit, about the need for all levels of government to step up in their defense of human rights.

Catarina de Albuquerque and Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteurs on the rights to safe drinking water/sanitation and adequate housing, respectively, both spoke to multiple press organizations, concerned civil service groups, and citizens about the continuing water shutoffs in Detroit and how they also affect the housing situation of citizens in the city. Both condemned the city’s actions as a violation of human rights, stating that the shutoffs primarily affect low-income African-Americans. Furthermore, without water there are increased health risks that can easily be avoided by not shutting off water access.

The UN rapporteurs also stated that the United States is bound by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that humans have the right to an adequate standard of living.… Read the rest

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Scientists Warn Against Drinking Warm Bottled Water

5100西藏冰川矿泉水Remember the documentary Tapped, which focused on all the many reasons not to drink bottled water? Plenty of people ignored the warnings about BPA and phthalates leaching from the plastic into the water. Now a new study from the University of Florida suggests you really, really shouldn’t drink bottled water, at least if the bottles were stored in a warm place. Via Science Daily:

Americans can take a warning from a University of Florida study of bottled water in China ─ don’t drink the liquid if you’ve left it somewhere warm for a long time.

Plastic water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate. When heated, the material releases the chemicals antimony and bisphenol A, commonly called BPA.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said BPA is not a major concern at low levels found in beverage containers, it continues to study the chemical’s impacts. Some health officials, including those at the Mayo Clinic, say the chemical can cause negative effects on children’s health.

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There’s Lithium In The Water Supply

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Forget about the awful things that fluoride in the water supply supposedly does to us; the New York Times is reporting that there’s lithium in our water supply:

THE idea of putting a mind-altering drug in the drinking water is the stuff of sci-fi, terrorist plots and totalitarian governments. Considering the outcry that occurred when putting fluoride in the water was first proposed, one can only imagine the furor that would ensue if such a thing were ever suggested.

The debate, however, is moot. It’s a done deal. Mother Nature has already put a psychotropic drug in the drinking water, and that drug is lithium. Although this fact has been largely ignored for over half a century, it appears to have important medical implications.

Lithium is a naturally occurring element, not a molecule like most medications, and it is present in the United States, depending on the geographic area, at concentrations that can range widely, from undetectable to around .170 milligrams per liter.

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Legal Scholar: Is Fluoridation an Illegitimate Human Experiment?

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NEW YORKSept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “The cessation of all compulsory water fluoridation schemes should be the goal of all public health agencies, ethical lawmakers and informed citizens,” argues Rita Barnett-RoseChapman University Associate Law Professor, (online August 2014), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF).

Evidence of fluoride’s harm is ignored, downplayed or not studied; benefits exaggerated and informed consent disregarded. “Claims that fluoridation is not mass medication are unpersuasive,” she writes.

After scientists disproved the 1945 theory assuming ingested fluoride was essential for healthy teeth, fluoridation promoters newly speculate, without evidence, that fluoridation benefits low-income children who have the most decay and least access to dental care – a problem that persists today despite 7 decades of fluoridation. In fact, dental socioeconomic disparities have increased.

The National Research Council acknowledges significant fluoride health research has yet to be done – especially fluoride’s effect on the young brain.… Read the rest

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Indian Company Offers Water Purifier For Vegetarians

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Prestige LifeStraw (C – TKK Prestige)

Vegetarians, your worries are over: A new device is promised to remove almost all of the microorganisms from your drinking water.  The TKK Prestige LifeStraw SA is available directly from the manufacturer for 500 or a little more than $8/€6. A quick tip before you pull out that credit card: Many commercial water filters already do the same thing. Just get a Sharpie and write “vegetarian” on the side of your pitcher. Voila.

Bangalore, May 29, 2014: India’s No 1 kitchen appliances company, TTK Prestige, enters into the dynamic market of water purifiers. This launch is in line with the expanding portfolio of innovative products by TTK Prestige Ltd. The trusted brand of generations, has partnered with Lifestraw SA, a renowned Swiss company for providing the state of art technology for the water purifier.

This is a non-electric gravity based water Purifier that provides one with Vegetarian water as it removes upto 99.9999% Bacteria, Virus and 99.99% Protozoan cysts.

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No Bull! Scientists Convert Cow Manure Into Drinking Water

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Pic: Daniel Schwin (CC)

Don’t get too squeamish: If you’re on a public water system then I can assure you that the water that pours out of your spigot isn’t bottled by magic elves living at the top of a glistening glacier. Even the cow to your right knows that. (Don’t judge me, cow.)

Scientists in the US have developed technology that can turn cow manure into drinkable water.
The anaerobic digester takes manure and passes out water which is clean enough for livestock to drink – by removing compounds such as ammonia.

Nutrients are also pulled from the manure during the process which can be turned into fertiliser.
Professor Steve Safferman, from the Michigan State University team, said: “If you have 1,000 cows on your operation, they produce about 10 million gallons of manure a year.

“About 90% of the manure is water but it contains large amounts of nutrients, carbon and pathogens that can have an environmental impact if not properly managed.”
The system produces 50 gallons (227L) of water for every 100 gallons (455L) of manure digested.

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Dallas Considers Flushing Fluoride From Water Supply

Dallas DowntownIf Dallas acts on its City Council member’s recommendation to discontinue the addition of fluoride to its municipal water supply, it won’t just save a million dollars a year, it will hand a major victory to the anti-fluoride lobby. Dallas News reports on the predictable backlash:

On Wednesday Dallas City Council member Sheffie Kadane told his colleagues that it’s time to flush fluoride from the city’s water supply. On Friday the 106-year-old Dallas County Dental Society, with ties to the American Dental Association, sent a statement lambasting that proposal.

Anti-fluoride activist Chantel Arashvand, who spoke just before Sheffie Kadane came out against fluoride

The group says it “strongly supports maintaining the current levels of water fluoridation in the city as the most safe, effective, and financially sound way to prevent tooth decay in our community. Community water fluoridation (CWF) has been used in the United States for nearly 70 years, and it is one of the most extensively studied public health measures.

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The NSA Wants to Keep Its Water Usage Secret

When a government agency once considered so secret that its nickname was “No Such Agency” comes under scrutiny for more or less everything it does, it shouldn’t be considered too surprising that it resists disclosure of activities even (seemingly) as mundane as the quantity of water it uses at its Utah Data Center. Wired reports on the NSA’s reasons for wishing to keep this particular secret:

The National Security Agency has many secrets, but here’s a new one: the agency is refusing to say how much water it’s pumping into the brand new data center it operates in Bluffdale, Utah. According to the NSA, its water usage is a matter of national security.

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The agency made the argument in a letter sent to officials in Utah, who are considering whether or not to release the data to the Salt Lake Tribune. Back in May, Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle asked for local records relating to the data center, but when he got his files a few months later, the water usage data was redacted.

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There’s Tritium In Your Water; EPA To Revisit Safety Levels

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For the first time in nearly four decades, the EPA is taking a closer look at the safety of leaked tritium in our water, reports David Biello for Scientific American, via Salon:

Add two extra neutrons to the lightest element and hydrogen becomes radioactive, earning the name tritium. Even before the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 regulators worried that this ubiquitous by-product of nuclear reactors could pose a threat to human health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was only seven years old when it put the first rules on the books for tritium in 1977. But a lot has happened in the intervening decades, and it is not just a longer list of nuclear accidents.

The Chernobyl and Fukushima meltdowns let loose plenty of tritium, but so have a seemingly endless series of leaks at aging reactors in the U.S. and elsewhere. Such leaks have prompted the EPA to announce on February 4 plans to revisit standards for tritium that has found its way into water—so-called tritiated water, or HTO—along with risk limits for individual exposure to radiation and nuclear waste storage, among other issues surrounding nuclear power.

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