How do you measure safety? The bottled water disaster

The accessibility of clean drinking water changed the public health landscape. For centuries contaminated water left human populations vulnerable to waterborne diseases like dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, botulism and other nasty parasites, protozoa and bacteria. And for centuries, the reasons behind the prevalence of these diseases eluded doctors and the scientific community. It was 1854…

Environmental justice on the Ganges

There’s a classic pattern of environmental injustice in which the more powerful overuse or divert natural resources to the detriment of less influential neighbors. The Ganges River could be the poster child for this phenomena. The third largest river in the world, this slow moving behemoth meanders more than 1500 miles from the western Himalayas…