Water crisis is No. 1 crisis affecting planet, says World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report
According to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016, the water crisis-the result of shortages, flooding or droughts-is the No. 1 crisis impacting the planet over the next 10 years.
The report, which was released on Jan. 14, 2016, surveys nearly 750 experts on the perceived impact a risk would have on the world and the likelihood that it may occur over 18-month and 10-year timeframes.
Bell & Gossett releases a new online course on waterside economization
Xylem’s Bell & Gossett (B&G) brand released a new online course on waterside economization during the 2016 AHR Expo. The Online Little Red Schoolhouse was launched at AHR 2015 and is a complement to the hands-on training that more than 60,000 engineers, contractors and installers have experienced since 1954 at the B&G Little Red Schoolhouse, a facility in Morton Grove, Ill. There, HVAC professionals learn the proper design, installation and maintenance of hydronic systems, as well as the latest technologies and regulations that affect the industry.
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EPA's cancellation of certain methomyl uses will reduce risks to drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the manufacturers of the insecticide methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses and limit use on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water. From 1995 to 2013, exposure from food to carbamates, which includes methomyl, has fallen by approximately 70%. The action is a continuation of EPA’s effort to reduce carbamate use, thereby protecting people’s health, especially the health of children who may be more sensitive to pesticides.
ICRC efforts have brought clean drinking water to almost 1.4 million people
Another year in nearly three decades of turbulence in Iraq that saw various armed conflicts and other violence is coming to an end, but also is taking a toll on the civilian population. More than two million people were displaced in 2014, and key infrastructure was destroyed. For some, the hope of returning home remains elusive.
AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking
Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.
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It is no secret that a shortage of clean drinking water is a major issue all over the world.
According to the World Health Organization, unsafe drinking water was responsible for nearly half a million deaths in India in 2010.
Paul Rewrie is one of the leaders of a British company that developed Aquavus, a new technology that uses ultrasound to purify and desalinate seawater and clean contaminated water.
One unit can purify 3,000 liters (about 800 gal) a day. The average water use per day per person in France is 280 liters.
This year's fellowships support the study of harmful algal blooms
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 105 graduate students across the nation will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change and public health to water quality and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in the environmental science field. The 105 STAR fellows will receive a maximum funding of $42,000 for one year for master’s students and up to two years for doctoral students.
Further studies find strontium has adverse health effects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a preliminary determination to regulate strontium in the nation's drinking water. Strontium is a naturally occurring element that, at elevated levels, can impact bone strength in people who do not consume enough calcium.
The VistaClear filtration system improves water quality in dental offices
Dr. John Hucklebridge, a Plano, Texas, cosmetic dentist with 25 years of dental experience, is using a new water treatment system to provide a cleaner and safer water source for patients.
VistaClear, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved and award-winning filtration system, improves water quality in dental offices and reduces bacterial and chemical contamination for the patient and office equipment.