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About 45 percent of homes in the United States have PFAS compounds, the so-called “forever chemicals” coming out of their faucets. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey tested water from kitchen sinks across the country. It is the first time the federal government has tested for the contamination and was unlike other studies or monitoring programs which focused on water treatment plants or groundwater wells.
This USGS map shows the number of PFAS detected in tap water samples from select sites across the nation. The findings are based on a USGS study of samples taken between 2016 and 2021 from private and public supplies at 716 locations. The map does not represent the only locations in the U.S. with PFAS. | Credit: USGS
Japan’s plan to release contaminated water into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant got the go-ahead last week from the country’s nuclear regulator. And while many are opposed to the plan, the International Atomic Energy Agency concluded that the discharge, which could go on for decades, is safe.
Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Station 21 February 2007 (Fukushima, Japan) | Credit: Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO
In recent weeks, Texas has been trapped under an oppressive heat dome which occurs when the atmosphere locks in hot ocean air like a lid, leading to extremely hot and humid conditions. Many parts of the state saw temperatures hovering in the triple digits, triggering excessive heat warnings and leading to several deaths.
Climate change is contributing to more and longer heat waves in communities across the country, including western cities like Phoenix, pictured here. | Credit: Kevin Ellis/Pixabay
To solve the climate crisis, we need to ditch fossil fuels pronto. Not just in transportation but also in a huge range of products—including pharmaceuticals. Yes, common painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen—they’re manufactured using chemical precursors derived from crude oil. Scientists from the University of Bath recognized that making drugs derived from fossil fuels is not sustainable and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, so they came up with a plant-based source—pine trees.
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