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Rainwater Is Undrinkable Everywhere On Earth, Study Finds


There is nowhere on Earth where rainwater would be safe to drink, according to the data we useddeclares to theAFP Ian Cousins, a professor at Stockholm University and lead author of the study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. His team studied data compiled since 2010.

Even in Antarctica or on the Tibetan Plateau, the levels found in rainwater are above the proposed guidelines of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). »

A quote from Ian Cousins, professor at Stockholm University

Normally considered untouched, both regions have levels of PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkylated)times greater”,”text”:”14times greater”}}’>14 times higher U.S. guidelines for drinking water.

More commonly called the eternal chemicals because they disintegrate extremely slowly, PFASinitially present in packaging, shampoos or even make-up, have spread into our environment, including water and air.

Once ingested, the PFAS accumulate in the body.

According to some studies, exposure to PFAS may affect fertility and fetal development. It can also lead to increased risks of obesity or certain cancers (prostate, kidneys and testicles) and an increase in cholesterol levels.

A rainwater harvesting barrel is placed on cement blocks ready to pour its contents through a red tap.

A barrel for collecting rainwater.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Rudy Desjardins

L’EPA recently lowered the threshold of PFAS recommended, after discovering that these chemicals could have an impact on the immune response to vaccines in children, notes Ian Cousins.

According to Ian Cousins, the PFAS are now so persistent and ubiquitous that they will never disappear from the Earth.

We have made the planet inhospitable to human life by contaminating it irreversibly, so that nothing is clean. And to the point that it’s not clean enough to be sure. »

A quote from Ian Cousins, professor at Stockholm University

We’ve crossed a planetary boundarysays Ian Cousins, referring to a model that assesses the Earth’s ability to absorb the impact of human activity.

The scientist notes, however, that the levels of PFAS in the organism of human beings decreasedyears”,”text”:”quite significantly over the past 20 years”}}’>quite significantly over the past 20 years and [des PFAS dans l’environnement] remained the same these 20last years”,”text”:”ambient level [des PFAS dans l’environnement] has remained the same for the past 20 years”}}”>ambient level [des PFAS dans l’environnement] has remained the same for the past 20 years.

It’s the recommendations that have changedspecifies the researcher, explaining that we have lowered the level of PFAS recommended millions of times since the early 2000s, because we know more about the toxicity of these substances.

Despite the findings of the study, Ian Cousins ​​believes that we must learn to to live with.

I’m not terribly worried about daily exposure to mountains, waterways, or food. We can’t escape it… we’ll just have to live with it.

But that’s not an ideal situation, where you’ve contaminated the environment to the point that natural exposure isn’t really safe..

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