According to a recent study by Stockholm University scientists, rainwater on Earth is unfit for consumption because it contains toxic chemicals above recommended levels, AFP reported.
“According to the data we used, there is no safe place on Earth to drink rainwater,” said Ian Cousins, a professor at Stockholm University and lead author of the study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
His team analyzed data compiled since 2010 and found, “even in Antarctica or the Tibetan Plateau, the levels (of toxic chemicals) in rainwater are higher than recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” he added.
Agerpres writes that levels of PFAS (perfluoroalkylated and polyfluoroalkylated substances) in both areas, which are generally considered untouched, are “14 times higher” than EPA recommendations for drinking water.
More commonly known as “permanent chemicals” because they degrade so slowly, PFAS, originally found in packaging, shampoos and cosmetics, have spread throughout the environment, including water and air.
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Once ingested, PFAS accumulate in the body. According to some studies, exposure to PFAS can have effects on fertility and fetal development. It can also lead to obesity or certain types of cancer (prostate, kidney and testicular) and increased cholesterol levels.
The EPA recently lowered its recommended PFAS limit after finding that these chemicals could affect children’s immune response to vaccines, Ian Cousins said.
According to Ian Cousins, PFAS are now “so persistent” and ubiquitous that they will never disappear from the earth.
“We have made the planet inhospitable to human life and polluted it irreparably so that nothing is clean anymore,” he said. “We’ve crossed a planetary threshold,” Cousins said, referring to a model that allows estimating Earth’s ability to absorb the impact of human activity.
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