Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HAR), Africa’s third-largest producer of the metal, must pay to clean up water pollution near mines west of Johannesburg even after selling the land five years ago, South Africa’s Court of Appeal ruled.
Harmony, which owned the affected area in the West Rand from 2003 to 2008, must contribute to rehabilitation costs with AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. and Simmer & Jack Mines ... read more >>
In light of increased runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds, farmers across the United States are adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem. ... read more >>
Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms may be negatively affecting biodiversity, a study says. So-called microplastics may be able to transfer toxic pollutants and chemicals into the guts of lugworms, reducing the animals' functions. An estimated 150 million tonnes vanishes from the global waste-stream each year. It was the first study of its kind. ... read more >>
Sources of drinking water include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals, and in some cases, radioactive materials, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal or human activity.
In 2008 Houston received 82 percent of its treated drinking wat ... read more >>
The City of Houston Public Works Drinking Water Operations, which serves 2,700,000 people, ranked #95 out of 100 on a Big City Water Ratings list formulated by the Environmental Working Group, although Houston’s drinking water, “continues to meet or exceed all Federal and State standards for safe drinking water,” according to the annual Water Quality Report (pdf).
The group’s data, the focus o ... read more >>
As part of his wide-ranging research, Holland is proposing to inject pressurized water into porous rock in an area already known to be earthquake-prone, to see whether injections of oil industry wastewater are contributing to a "swarm" of earthquakes rocking the state.
"This is a dramatic new rate of seismicity," Holland said in an interview. "We can't guarantee the earthquakes aren ... read more >>
Though the world has reached the Millennium Development Goal of cutting by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water five years ahead of the 2015 deadline, most Africa countries are not about to.
This is according to a report by the UN children agency-UNICEF and World Health organization.
The report released ahead of the 6th World Water forum in Mar ... read more >>
General Electric (GE) says it has technology that can help decrease the chances of toxic waste spills during fracking and cut the costs of water treatment in half.
The technology, based on a type of desalination known as membrane distillation, would make it unnecessary to dilute millions of gallons wastewater – or to transport that water for treatment or disposal – that companies reuse after its ... read more >>
The first dangers posed by the recent flooding were obvious: loss of life and property due to swift-moving water.
But now that the waters are slowing and the levels are in decline, it’s time to begin the difficult task of assessing the potential damage that the flooding has caused — and may yet cause — to human health and the environment, and what we can do to protect ourselves.
First and forem ... read more >>
The government has apologised to people in Cornwall affected by the Camelford water poisoning in 1988.
When 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate were tipped into the wrong tank at Lowermoor treatment works it contaminated the water to 20,000 homes.
Health Minister Anna Soubry and Environment Minister Richard Benyon said they apologised "unreservedly" on the government's behalf. ... read more >>