Access to safe drinking water in the USA – hydration hardship

In the United States, nearly one in two adults and one in four children do not drink tap water on a given day, with even more dismal statistics among minority and low-income populations (Patel et al., 2013).

Patel AI et al. 2013. Sociodemographic characteristics and beverage intake of children who drink tap water. Am J Prev Med. 45(1):75–82.

After the tragedy of Flint, Michigan, we need to highlight the importance of having access to safe, reliable drinking water for all. This paper identifies the key problems and sets out a strategy to tackle this important topic. Have a read!

WEBINAR – As in drinking water

Free webinar, open to all, on Arsenic in drinking water. Hosted by the International Water Association.

17 August 2017, 12:00 CEST

Arsenic-laced drinking water affects the lives of over 200 million people in 105 countries worldwide. In those places, strategies to control and manage arsenic in drinking water are vital part of ensuring universal access to safe drinking water (SDG 6.1) as well as to ensure the realization of other targets. This webinar will provide with two scenarios of control and management of arsenic in drinking water supplies, including a discussion about technological, social and economic aspects that affect the choice between available remediation practices.

Reference database for volcanic ash properties

Just in accepted proof, a new article on the physicochemical and optical properties of volcanic ash. Undoubtedly will provide a great resource for people working on ash… but a shame it isn’t open access.

Reference dataset of volcanic ash physicochemical and optical properties

A Vogel, S Diplas, AJ Durant, AS Azar, MF Sunding… – Journal of Geophysical …, 2017


Crystalline silica exposure – a novel way to measure it in people

dust-mask-20027099Exciting work on quantifying crystalline silica exposure in the workplace, by a fantastic colleague – Dr Jackie Morton et al., at the Health and Safety Executive, UK: (and another win for Unpaywall!)

This could present exciting possibilities for environmental exposures too!

Online journals – a step towards fully open access?

For those of us without access to journals through a university/research institute, I can highly recommend ‘unpaywall‘ – a free download add on to Chrome/Firefox that helps you search for the freely accessible and legal versions of the full article.