Water
Illegal Amazonian Gold Rush Poisons Water Supply for Indigenous Communities

Illegal Amazonian Gold Rush Poisons Water Supply for Indigenous Communities

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wildcat gold mining in the Amazon rainforest has skyrocketed since 2019, leading to an increase in deforestation and public health crises for Indigenous communities. Now, the mercury used to strip gold from sediment has poisoned the Tapajós river, leaving the Munduruku tribe without clean water or fish for food. Despite […]

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Orlando Water Restrictions Driven by COVID Cases

Orlando Water Restrictions Driven by COVID Cases

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Orlando’s mayor is asking residents to cut back their personal water use so the liquid oxygen used to treat the water can be diverted to treat the area’s hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Orlando and nearby Winter Park mayors have asked residents to refrain from watering lawns, washing cars, or pressure […]

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California Declares Supply Alert, Restricting Water Use in the Region

California Declares Supply Alert, Restricting Water Use in the Region

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a supply alert — a request for the region to cut water use and prepare for this historic drought to continue. According to the supply alert, citizens of Southern California must voluntarily reduce their water consumption so that the region’s storage reserves remain […]

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Tens of Thousands of Pharmaceutical Doses Have Leaked into the Chesapeake Bay

Tens of Thousands of Pharmaceutical Doses Have Leaked into the Chesapeake Bay

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   A new study in Environmental Science & Technology has found that leaky sewage infrastructure in Baltimore, Maryland, is leaking tens of thousands of doses of pharmaceuticals into the Chesapeake Bay each year. Researchers say that the drugs could have significant impacts on wildlife biology, development, and behavior that may have ripple effects for the rest of […]

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New Report Finds African Rivers “Bleach-like” Due to Fast Fashion Textile Factories

New Report Finds African Rivers “Bleach-like” Due to Fast Fashion Textile Factories

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new report from Water Witness International (WWI) found that the world’s fast fashion brands contribute to the bleach-like pollution of Africa’s rivers. Rivers surveyed were found to have been dyed blue or made as alkaline as bleach, creating environmental and public health threats to local communities. WWI is calling on fast fashion […]

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Under the Pavement, the Streams!

Under the Pavement, the Streams!

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Washington D.C. is wedged between the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and their tributaries once ran through the city as well. Silver Spring was once an actual stream, and people swam in creeks in the city center. But as D.C. developed, about 70% of those waterways stopped existing as natural bodies of […]

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