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Drinking Tap Water Disinfected With Chlorine May Harm Fetus?

Chlorine-treated water may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health.

Lack of green space, the main cause for Da Lat flooding

Da Lat, a popular hill resort town in Lam Dong Province, was severely flooded Thursday following a 30-minute downpour. The downtown area was under nearly a meter of water. The heavy rainfall caused many shops on both sides of Phan Dinh Phung and Nguyen Cong Tru streets to flood, making it difficult for people to evacuate in time and damaging furniture.

Experts believe that Da Lat floods regularly because of the massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions and rapid urbanization, which has taken away all the available green space.

A detailed look at HCMC’s water supply serious problems, 13 million at risk

The city's water security is under threat from an increase in pollutants, a lack of an up-to-date water distribution network, and salt intrusion.

Micro-plastics detected in meat, milk and blood of farm animals

Microplastic contamination has been reported for the first time in beef and pork, as well as in the blood of cows and pigs on farms.

Scientists at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have found particles in three-quarters of meat and milk products tested, as well as every blood sample they took in a pilot study. 

The food products were found in every sample of animal pellet feed tested, indicating a potential contamination route.

Pollution: 'Forever chemicals' in rainwater exceed safe levels

New research shows that rainwater in most locations on Earth contains levels of chemicals that "greatly exceed" safety levels.

These synthetic substances called PFAS are used in non-stick pans, fire-fighting foam and water-repellent clothes.

Vietnam's biggest plastic waste culprit: Take-away food packaging

According to the World Bank, 44 percent of plastic waste at surveyed sites is made up of take-away food and drinks.

The World Bank released a report this week that shows that the take-away related waste accounted for 43.6 percent in number and 35.1 percent in weight of the total plastic waste, followed by fisheries-related waste (32.6 percent in number and 30.6 percent in weight), and household-related waste (21.6 percent in number and 22.8 percent in weight).

Ingesting Tap Water Disinfected With Chlorine May Harm Fetus

Drinking water disinfected by chlorine while pregnant may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a study published  in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health.

This finding, based on an analysis of nearly 400,000 infants in Taiwan, is the first that links by-products of water chlorination to three specific birth defects.

Forests are the key to fresh water

Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change.

UBC Okanagan Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Professor Adam Wei, PhD candidate Qiang Li and researchers from the Chinese Academy of Forestry recently published a study examining the impacts of how changes in forest vegetation effect water supplies.

Study confirms lead-in-water causes adverse fetal health outcomes

The study has recently been published in the Journal of Health Economics in an article titled: Lead in Drinking Water and Birth Outcomes: A Tale of Two Water Treatment Plants.

"Forever chemicals" linked to hypertension in middle-aged women

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are known as "forever chemicals" because they can stay in the environment for a very long time. These chemicals have been linked to health problems, including cancer. Middle-aged women with higher blood concentrations of PFAS may be at risk for these health problems, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal.

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