Green-News: Wednesday 6.3.09

 

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Well Water May Be Hazardous to Little Kids

A new report in the journal Pediatrics claims small children are vulnerable to waterborne illnesses originating from well water. Private wells can become contaminated with chemicals, germs and bacteria. Experts recommend well water be tested annually, at least. Currently, private wells are not subject to federal regulations, leaving owners responsible for proper care and safety testing; ScienceDaily reports.

And earlier this year, it was reported that pharmaceuticals, such as cholesterol medications, anti-depressants and blood pressure pills, are turning up in America’s streams and rivers. Bottled water is no better. One study found bottled water is just as impure as water out of the tap.

In 2006, water in Seattle area schools was found to be contaminated with lead. Most of China’s groundwater is polluted and India’s water has shown harmful levels of arsenic. Eek!

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Buying Toys, 1 in 3 Toxic...

Santa better be careful this year! The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan reveals 1 in 3 toys contain toxins like lead, arsenic and flame retardants. Researchers tested more than 1,500 popular toys and found one-third have medium or high levels of harmful chemicals; CNN reports.

And last year, Curious George dolls with high lead-levels were discovered, as well as bedroom slippers and bath toys. So, if you’re not shopping for toxic toys, some safe toy buying tips would be not buying toys with rigid points or parts that shoot off and avoid toys that break easily.