Is Germany facing a water shortage crisis?

In recent years, record heat and low rainfall have taken a toll on Germany's groundwater, even in the winter. Experts say it's time to radically overhaul the way the country manages its water.
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Call to make nitrate management a priority on Waimea Plains

A summary of the science around nitrate in the waters of the Waimea Plains finds agricultural and livestock land uses are the primary sources of contamination.

CDC estimates costs of waterborne pathogens in the United States

Cost of infectious waterborne disease in the United States tops $3.3 billion, and more than 6,600 deaths linked to illnesses spread by water, the CDC finds.

Across the US, millions of people are drinking unsafe water

Aging infrastructure, legacy pollution and emerging contaminants are creating a growing urgency to pay attention to the quality of the water we drink.


Coronavirus forces California farmworkers to scramble for safe drinking water

With stores rationing bottled water, some 1 million residents whose tap water is tainted with agricultural pollutants confront the state's failure to solve the problem.


Nitrate pollution on the High Plains

Almost invariably, at meetings on the future of the Ogallala aquifer, the only issue discussed is the dwindling quantity, not the quality, of the water.

Can your well water make you sick? No testing is required in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's one million private wells are not monitored by any government agency and no maximum contaminant levels are enforced for private systems. There are 38,000 private wells in Lancaster County alone.


Survey says: Clean drinking water top issue for SW Wisconsin voters; majority support new regs

A majority of respondents said they would favor candidates who support more regulation to protect drinking water, and two thirds believe water quality will be an issue in the next general election.


Climate change is hurting forests' ability to filter agricultural nitrate pollution

Animal waste and nitrogen-based agricultural fertilizers contribute to nitrate runoff, which ends up in creeks, streams, rain and, eventually, water systems. Nitrate, that mix of nitrogen and oxygen, can cause serious health problems if it's too concentrated.


Nitrate pollution rising in private wells in Iowa

A new report highlights lack of water quality data for household wells in Iowa.

Coal ash contaminated groundwater at almost all monitored sites

A report released in March revealed widespread coal-ash contamination in 39 states — and at more than 91 percent of the power plants monitored.


Elevated nitrate levels found in millions of Americans’ drinking water

Public water systems serving more than 5.6 million Americans contain concentrations of nitrate at levels found to cause health problems, including cancer and birth defects.


Groundwater in northwest India has a uranium contamination problem

Unlike the limits for arsenic and other toxic metals specified in the Indian standards for drinking water, there is no limit maintained for uranium.

Superman coral in Red Sea can take climate change but not sewage too, scientists warn

Hardy Red Sea coral was voted most likely to survive global warming, but even it can't overcome explosive algal growth fed by effluence and the rise in floodwaters.

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

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