One third of Americans will be unable to afford water bills in 5 years

January 27, 2017 by  
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The world has wrestled with the issue of clean water access for centuries, but what happens when it’s available, but too expensive to buy? That’s the very situation one third of Americans will soon face, according to a new study from Michigan State University researchers published this month by PLOS , which reveals water bills could skyrocket from 11.9 percent to 35.6 percent in five years just as World War II-era water infrastructure is expected to break down. The water affordability issue doesn’t just affect those who can’t pay, but those who can. The latter group could find themselves absorbing increased costs of water utilities , making bill prices soar even higher. At the same time, water costs are already up 41 percent since 2010, and could keep climbing. These two factors could leave an even larger group of people without enough money to afford water. On top of all that, old water infrastructure will need to be updated too, which, according to the study, could cost $1 trillion over the upcoming 25 years. Related: Cape Town has just 100 days of water left The issue already impacts people around the U.S. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wastewater and water services should only cost at most 4.5 percent of a household’s income. But many families in Mississippi make under $32,000 a year, and according to EPA standards likely won’t be able to afford water bills soon. There are 227,000 customers in Philadelphia, but half are already past due on their water bills. In Detroit, since 2014 service has been terminated for 50,000 people. Private water companies haven’t been able to solve the issue either – in Atlanta people pay a private company $325.52 every month. There are no easy answers to the growing dilemma. Lead author Elizabeth Mack said consumers, utilities, and governments will have to work together, but the lessons we’ve learned from Flint , Michigan – where as of last month residents still didn’t have access to drinking water from their taps – don’t bode well for the future. Via Fast Company’s Co.Exist Images via Steve Johnson on Flickr and Pixnio

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Stress levels of fathers may have big effects on childhood development

August 7, 2016 by  
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It seems like a no-brainer that a child’s development depends on the physical and mental health of both parents. But studies usually focus on the disposition of the mother, not the father—an approach that could be flawed, according to a new study from Michigan State University (MSU) . The MSU study found that a father’s mental health and stress levels might have a bigger effect on the childhood development than previously thought.

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World’s largest ‘mosquito factory’ in China to release 20 million bugs a week

March 16, 2016 by  
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Mosquitoes may be small, but they are a pretty big problem when it comes to public health in many areas of the globe. Now, a Chinese ‘mosquito factory’ is doing something about it that may become a widespread practice: releasing millions of male mosquitoes each week so they can breed with wild female mosquitoes and eventually kill off the species. How will that work, exactly? The mosquitoes they release will be infected with a bacteria that results in infertile eggs in female offspring, so after a few generations, the numbers will fall dramatically. Read the rest of World’s largest ‘mosquito factory’ in China to release 20 million bugs a week

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New Wheelys 4 bike café cleans smoggy air and turns coffee grounds into fertilizer

March 16, 2016 by  
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Jessica Alba fights back over Honest Company fraud allegations

March 16, 2016 by  
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Jessica Alba isn’t having the best month. After a couple claimed her Honest Company may not be that honest , the Wall Street Journal commissioned two laboratories to test the company’s laundry detergent. These tests revealed the detergent contains sodium lauryl sulfate , even though the Honest Company claims they don’t use that chemical in their products. Read the rest of Jessica Alba fights back over Honest Company fraud allegations

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