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Coverage of water pollution since July 25, 2023.

EPA approves year-round sales of higher ethanol blend in 8 Midwest states

"...The biofuels industry and politicians of both parties have portrayed ethanol as a product that helps farmers, reduces prices at the pump and lessens greenhouse gas releases because the fuel burns more cleanly than straight gasoline. However, environmentalists and others have said increased ethanol production can increase carbon releases because it results in more corn production, leading to increased use of fertilizer and greater releases of nitrate. Synthetic and natural fertilizers also are a leading source of water pollution..."

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Turkey detains company director as part of inquiry into gold mine landslide that left 9 missing

"...Experts warned the landslide could be an environmental hazard as the soil was laced with dangerous substances, including cyanide, used in gold extraction. They said it may affect the nearby Euphrates River which stretches across Turkey, Syria and Iraq. The ministry had closed down a stream leading to the river to prevent water pollution..."

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Hundreds of rescuers deployed in search for 9 workers missing at landslide-hit Turkish gold mine

"...Experts, meanwhile, have warned that the landslide may carry environmental risks. Geologist Suleyman Pampal said the soil that formed the landslide had been processed for gold and may contain dangerous substances such as cyanide that is used to extract gold. He also warned of a threat to the nearby Euphrates River..."

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Latest EPA assessment shows almost no improvement in river and stream nitrogen pollution CityNews Kitchener

"...That affects the productivity of commercial fisheries and marine life in general, but nutrient pollution is also damaging upstream. Too much nitrate in drinking water can affect how blood carries oxygen, causing human health problems like headaches, nausea and abdominal cramps. It can especially affect infants, sometimes inducing blue baby syndrome, which causes the skin to take on a bluish hue..."

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63% of Metro Vancouverites would pay for a regional green tax, finds poll

"...The pollstersfound Metro Vancouver residents expressedstrong concern over the prospect of disasters and contaminating the natural world, with 88 per cent of respondents saying they worry about increasing water pollution and wildfires. ..."

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Japanese company considering Manitoba for $1.6B lithium ion battery facility

"...The company is considering a parcel of city-owned land near the West End Water Pollution Control Centre close to Wilkes Avenue and the Perimeter Highway. A document obtained by 680 CJOB shows that the manufacturing facility would create lithium ion battery separators to support electric vehicle manufacturing in North America. “Really simplistically, it just prevents electrons from going in the wrong place..."

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Some McMasterville, Que., residents oppose building of $7B EV battery plant

"...The government is proposing to change the zoning from residential to industrial, leaving a buffer zone of 350 metres between the homes around it. The factory's neighbours include a seniors residence and a daycare. A petition opposing the project has gathered a little over 800 signatures, arguing the buffer zone is too small and they are worried about pollution..."

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Salmon Arm council considers priority projects for $6 million grant

"...The list included 10 high-, medium- and low-priority projects ranked by cost. On top was the water pollution control centre (WPCC) upgrade, followed by planned slope and stability improvements for Lakeshore Road. Also on the list: the 16th Avenue NE and 11th Avenue NE multi-use path active transportation project and universal water metering..."

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Natural Allies: Great Lakes Water Quality

"...Pollution across the Canada-US water border, particularly from Detroit, had been one of the main reasons for including a clause about pollution in the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty. Shortly after its creation, the International Joint Commission (IJC) addressed transboundary water pollution in the Niagara, Detroit, and St. Clair Rivers..."

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The weird way that human waste is killing corals

"...The parrotfish is a critical player in the reef ecosystem, keeping the growth of algae in check. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr (CC BY 2. 0)“Even with a severe heat wave in 2015, 20 per cent of those reefs that were in cleaner water with the herbivore fish not only went got through the heat, but some improved,” says Arizona State University ecologist Greg Asner, co-author of the study, who leads the Allen Coral Atlas reef mapping project..."

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Cutting the Crap Hakai Magazine

"...Cold-water swimmer Ed Acteson gives a shit about water pollution. Two years ago, this resident of Whitstable, a town on Englands southeast coast, launched SOS Whitstable and a campaign to highlight the dirty joke played on citizens: the dumping of raw sewage into the sea and rivers..."

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Osprey: Raptor Masterful at Fishing, With a Unique Edge Nature Canada

"...Despite the fact that their population is currently stable in Canada, the osprey is at risk of seeing a decline in their population size mainly due to habitat loss and climate change. Like many different species of waterfowl, threats to aquatic ecosystems like droughts and water pollution can negatively affect fish populations, their main food source, and in turn lead to a decrease in osprey numbers. In addition, with many large trees having been cut down, the osprey is becoming increasingly reliant on man-made structures to make their nests..."

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Class 4 Water Pollution Control Facility Operator - City of Portage la Prairie (Portage la Prairie, MB)

"...Under the direction of the Water Pollution Control Facility Supervisor, the operator ensures the safe and effective monitoring and operation of the wastewater treatment processes and equipment, and acts as Operator in Charge as required.  ..."

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Sewage Treatment Plant Operator (Level I, II or III) - Comox Valley Regional District (Courtenay, BC)

"...What we value â Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Social Responsibility - coupled with a commitment to leadership excellence and a resolute focus on serving the residents of the Comox Valley, help to create an organizational culture thatâs second to none..."

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Sewage Treatment Plant Operator (Level I, II or III) - Comox Valley Regional District (Courtenay, BC)

"...The Sewage Treatment Plant Operator is responsible for assisting in the operation, maintenance, repair and upkeep of the Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre, pump stations and other related equipment and facilities including the landfill gas collection system located at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre..."

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Sewage Treatment Plant Operator I - Comox Valley Regional District (Courtenay, BC)

"...Experienced in the operation, maintenance and repair of wastewater systems with over one up to two years of related experience, including knowledge of related procedures, bylaws, methods, tools and equipment;..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water pollution.

Fear and Wonder: how species are responding to climate change

"...Further listening:Fear and Wonder podcast: how climate action can create a more liveable future for allFear and Wonder podcast: how climate change is affecting rainfall, droughts and floodsFrom radiation to water pollution to cities, humans are now a driver of evolution in the natural world ..."

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How Nature Can Protect Cities from Floods & Droughts

"...By carefully managing rain and wastewater, it aims to fight water pollution, scarcity, and flooding..."

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This city is turning toilet water into drinking water #shorts

"...In the U. S. , concern over droughts and water pollution have ignited a unique solution for preserving one of our most vital resources advanced wastewater treatment for human consumption, also known as direct potable reuse..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about water pollution relevant to the latest news.

Willingness to Pay to Reduce the Ecological and Health Risks from Water Pollution in Emerging Urban Regions: The Case of the Re

"...Estimates from five latent classes reveal that one-half of entrepreneurs strongly value the provision of wastewater treatment services, and their decisions are mostly driven by preferences to reduce the risk of sickness caused by water pollution..."

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Analysis of the characteristics of major pollutants discharged from wastewater in China?s provinces

"...Controlling the discharge of pollutants in sewage is of great importance for protecting water quality and maintaining ecological balance..."

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Antimicrobial Nanoparticles Mediated Prevention and Control of Membrane Biofouling in Water and Wastewater Treatment: Current T

"...As an alternative to conventional techniques, membrane technology is extensively used as an advanced method for water purification and wastewater treatment due to its selectivity, permeability, and efficient removal of pollutants..."

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Variability in space effects of industrial wastewater on river physicochemical characteristics in a sample of towns of Oromia

"...Therefore, the industrial effluents were affected water quality, human, aquatic health, environmental pollution and thereby need mitigation measures of sustainable monitoring and supervision of untreated release of industry waste into the environment, phytoremediation of affected streams and rivers, awareness creation for community and advising firm owners to install industry waste treatment plants..."

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Activated Opuntia ficus-indica as an efficient adsorbent for iodine and heavy metals Cr(III), Cu(II) and Ni(II) ions uptake for

"...Water pollution by heavy metals or iodine is a serious environmental issue that poses a threat to human health and ecosystems..."

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A review on the industrial wastewater with the efficient treatment techniques

"...Nowadays, a debate related to water pollution is going on due to its growing noticeable effects on the ecosystem..."

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Multi-dimensional Assessment of Groundwater Quality Correlating with Textile Mills in Faisalabad City, Pakistan

"...The study emphasizes the requirement for efficient groundwater management and monitoring to guarantee its safe and long-lasting usage for agricultural and drinking reasons..."

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Health and Environmental Protective Behavioral Intentions for Reducing Harm from Water Pollutants

"...Water pollution creates both personal (human health) and impersonal (environmental) threats, yet few studies have examined people?s motivations to protect both personal health and environmental health..."

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Spatial variations in the associations of surface water quality with roads and traffic across an urbanization gradient in north

"...As a pilot study to explore how and why the associations of surface water quality with roads and traffic change across watersheds with different urbanization levels, its findings suggest that the policies of watershed management, land-use planning, and transportation planning should be tailored in local areas based on the locally important water pollutants and their associated urbanization indicators..."

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"...The water pollution derived from the discharge of heavy metals, antibiotics, dyes and surfactants wastewater, etc..."

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Economic Vessel to Clean the Polluted Water by Solid Waste in Waterway

"...Solid wastes polluted almost all rivers and lakes for several reasons: Most of them are related to bad sewage systems, industrial wastes, and even from the Flora distributed along the rivers..."

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Implementation Research of Alternative Fuels and Technologies in Maritime Transport

"...Thus, the use of alternative fuels and LNG in particular virtually nullifies the risks of water pollution from shipping and spills, and significantly reduces emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases..."

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