Low Level Pollution Can Drive Antibiotic Resistance

In short the paper raises the concern of low level of antibiotics and metals in polluted environments driving antibiotic resistance. The first paper is a 1 page, non-technical commentary of the actual study, 2nd link. [Personal Note: This is the 200th post] Widening the Spaces of Selection: Evolution along Sublethal Antimicrobial Gradients and   Selection…

Invertebrate Biodiversity Reduced by Pesticides.

This study suggests that the level of pesticides considered acceptable by legislation is too high and does not protect environmental diversity. PAYWALL http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/06/12/1305618110.abstract Pesticides reduce regional biodiversity of stream invertebrates The biodiversity crisis is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, but our understanding of the drivers remains limited. Thus, after decades of studies and…

Glucocorticoid and Androgen Contaminating US Water Sources

Next time you want to flush pharmaceuticals down the toilet remember that you’ll just end up drinking them in the water. OPEN ACCESS http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/121206/srep00937/full/srep00937.html Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 937 doi:10.1038/srep00937 Prevalent Glucocorticoid and Androgen Activity in US Water Sources Contamination of the environment with endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) is a major health concern. The…

Starbucks is in the Water

Seattle’s Coastal waters are polluted with caffeine. PAY WALL Occurrence and concentration of caffeine in Oregon coastal waters Abstract Caffeine, a biologically active drug, is recognized as a contaminant of freshwater and marine systems. We quantified caffeine concentrations in Oregon’s coastal ocean to determine whether levels correlated with proximity to caffeine pollution sources. Caffeine was…