“While concerns over water conservation, access and hygiene feature high on the news agenda, the problem of water loss often gets overlooked. Yet this vital issue affects millions of lives. A recent live discussion hosted by Guardian Sustainable Business looked at the role business and government should play in addressing global water loss and where things are set to go next. Here’s what you need to know.”
The Guardian provides its readers with a concise yet bang up-to-date take on the worldwide water crisis, including the role governments could be playing, a look at the technologies and solutions that are currently available and the role of corporates in the future.
“Researchers at the University of Nottingham and McGill University in Canada have discovered that populations of cyanobacteria — also known as blue-green algae — have significantly increased in Britain’s waterways since the 1800s.”
The Telegraph explores claims that colonies of blue-green algae have emerged in British lakes that could pose a serious threat to drinking water supplies. According to the article, this kind of algae has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases over recent years, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“Researchers said that GPs’ surgeries in the West Midlands, which has the biggest water fluoridation scheme in the UK, are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism – which can lead to weight gain and depression – as Greater Manchester, where it is not added to drinking water.”
More concerns over the UK’s water supply are raised by The Express, this time over levels of fluoridation. According to the publication, areas that have high levels of fluoride in their water are reporting more cases of hypothyroidism and depression.
“Celebrities, including Vince Vaughn, Lady Gaga, her fiancé and actor Taylor Kinney, participated in Chicago’s Polar Plunge on Sunday by swimming alongside locals in frigid Lake Michigan. An estimated 4,500 people took the icy plunge — despite the 32 degree Fahrenheit water temperature — to support the Special Olympics.”
Taking a dip in ice cold water is always guaranteed to drum up attention – especially if you’re Lady Gaga! The poster surprised event organisers when she turned up at the last minute to Chicago’s Polar Plunge, a stunt to support the Special Olympics, according to Mashable.
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