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Culture Collapse Disorder: The loss & destruction of home (places & planet) due to human impact and our modern consumer mindset
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High lead levels in US rice imports

High lead levels in US rice imports | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Researchers reporting at the American Chemical Society meeting say they have found high levels of lead in samples of rice imported to the US.

 

Rice from China and Taiwan had the highest lead levels, but Dr Tongesayi stressed that all of the samples significantly exceeded the PTTIs.

Rice is grown all over the world, feeding billions

Dr Tongesayi has also worked on quantifying arsenic contamination - and is in effect working his way through the heavy metals one by one to determine their prevalence.

The problem, he said, is the range of agricultural practices around the world.

 

"If you look through the scientific literature, especially on India and China, they irrigate their crops with raw sewage effluent and untreated industrial effluent," he explained.

 

"Research has been done in those countries, and concerns have been raised because of those practices, but it's still ongoing."

Dr Tongesayi also said that the increasing practice of sending electronic waste to developing countries - and the pollution it leads to - exacerbates the problem.... (Click title for more)

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Tar Sands Tailings Contaminate Alberta Groundwater

Tar Sands Tailings Contaminate Alberta Groundwater | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

The massive tailings ponds holding billions of litres of tar sands waste are leaking into Alberta's groundwater, according to internal documentsobtained by Postmedia's Mike De Souza.

 

An internal memorandum prepared for Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and obtained through Access to Information legislation says evidence confirms groundwater toxins related to bitumen mining and upgrading are migrating from tailings ponds and are not naturally occurring as government and industry have previously stated.

 

"The studies have, for the first time, detected potentially harmful, mining-related organic acid contaminants in groundwater outside a long-established out-of-pit tailings pond," the memo reads. "This finding is consistent with publicly available technical reports of seepage... Click TITLE for more

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Study finds airborne contamination in Wood Buffalo directly linked to oilsands development

Study finds airborne contamination in Wood Buffalo directly linked to oilsands development | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Researchers are excited over a recently concluded air-quality study that traces the path of pollutants primarily emanating from oilsands operations for the first time.

 

Combining forces for four years with senior scientists from Canada, the United States and Europe, staff from the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association found 23 per cent of the airborne contaminants in the region are spread through upgraders and combustion, 19 per cent are contained in sand carried by the wind from the edge of tailings ponds, 15 per cent are scattered by dust kicked up on roads and in limestone quarries, 15 per cent are contained within materials used during processing, and 15 per cent are produced by human activities associated with the rapidly growing City of Fort McMurray.

 

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If You Think China's Air Is Bad, You Should See The Water

If You Think China's Air Is Bad, You Should See The Water | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
The price of economic growth.

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The unhealthy smog that settled over Beijing earlier this year, capturing international media attention, is not the only visible sign of China's rapid economic growth and the resulting environmental hazards.

 

Countless rivers and lakes have also been contaminated by nearby factories, and sometimes, dumping by local residents.  

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This March, more than 2,000 dead pigs were found floating in a Shanghai river, a main water source for the city's 23 million residents. 

Polluted water sources have been linked to a rise in "cancer villages," or areas where cancer rates are high among people who live along tainted waterways.  


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Hundreds of dead pigs fished from Shanghai river

Hundreds of dead pigs fished from Shanghai river | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

At least 2,800 dead pigs have been fished from a Shanghai river since Friday, but authorities insist that tap water in the city is still safe to drink.

 

State news agency Xinhua said labels tagged to the pigs' ears indicated they came from the upper waters of the Huangpu River, which flows through the center of Shanghai and is a source of the city's drinking water.

It's not clear why the pigs had been dumped in the river, though local media reported earlier this month that a disease had killed thousands of pigs in a village south of Shanghai.

 

"We will continue to trace the source, investigate the cause, co-operate with neighboring areas and take measures to stop the dumping of pigs into rivers," the (click title to continue)

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