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EU says one in eight deaths is linked to pollution

One in every eight deaths in Europe can be linked to pollution, according to a new report by the EU's environment agency (EEA).

It said factors such as air and noise pollution, as well as poor water quality and exposure to chemicals, contributed to 13% of all deaths.

The report also noted that poorer communities and vulnerable people were the hardest hit by pollution.

"Strong action is needed to protect the most vulnerable," the agency said.

Bottled water firm suspended for sourcing from polluted ditch

Using contaminated wastewater from a residential ditch to process bottled water, a facility in Hai Phong has been shut down.

Authorities in the northern city have shut down a facility producing drinking water in Ky Son Commune of Thuy Nguyen District over food safety violations.

Inspectors from Hai Phong’s Health Department found the Liem Son facility owned by Nguyen Van Hue, a local resident, has operated without a permit and sourced water from a ditch running through the commune to process into bottled water sold on the market under the brand Vinalis.

What is Legionnaires' disease? Atlanta hotel linked to outbreak of infection

The germs that cause the disease can be found in hotels, hospitals and cruise ships. Here's what you need to know.

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Sheraton Atlanta during the busy summer travel season is a reminder dangerous germs can lurk in hotel hot tubs, showers and air-conditioning units.

Health officials in Georgia there are now 11 lab-confirmed cases and 55 probable cases of the rare, but serious, lung infection linked to the outbreak. No one has died.

You could be swallowing a credit card's weight in plastic every week

Globally, we are ingesting an average of 5 grams of plastic every week, the equivalent of a credit card, a new study suggests.

This plastic contamination comes from "microplastics" -- particles smaller than five millimeters -- which are making their way into our food, drinking water and even the air.

Around the world, people ingest an average of around 2,000 microplastic particles a week, according to the study by the University of Newcastle, in Australia.

Why You Should Probably Never Drink Bottled Water Again

And 10 facts about the bottled water industry.

 

The bottled water industry is about as wasteful as they come. This billion dollar industry is taking something that is essentially free around the world, packaging it, and selling it for profit. And it gets worse.

Nestlé — the same company that brings you those delicious Toll House cookies — decided in May to open a new plant in the middle of the drought-stricken desert in Arizona.  

Water pollution policies proposed

HÀ NỘI – The water quality of lakes, rivers, streams and canals in Việt Nam is seriously degrading. Water in urban areas and industrial zones poses risks to human and aquatic animals.

Rivers such as Tô Lịch, Sét and Kim Ngưu in Hà Nội have become sections of the city’s waste water drainage system.

The information was revealed yesterday in a water pollution report conducted by the Coalition for Clean Water and the Centre for Environment and Community Research (CECR) under the Việt Nam Union of Science and Technology Organisations.