Unfortunately, water quality issues are not a recent development. Industrial dumping, pesticide runoff, leaky storage tanks, and government mandates have created big problems. Let’s take a look at some of the nastiest water contaminants that may be pouring out of your faucet.

Adding fluoride to drinking water is a process that began back in the 1940’s to help reduce tooth decay. It sounds like a noble cause but fluoride is a neurotoxin and an endocrine disruptor. It can harm the thyroid gland and calcify the pineal gland. It’s so toxic that several countries have banned water fluoridation. Even some dU.S. cities have caught on and started rejecting the process of fluoridation.




S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

South Korea said today that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North’s recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

The decision to end operations at the industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the last major cooperation project between the rival countries, comes after North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket considered by other nations to be a banned missile technology test.

By closing the complex, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has done something her conservative predecessor resisted, even after two attacks blamed on North Korea killed 50 South Koreans in 2010. It is among the strongest punitive measures available to her.


Industrial climber in Moscow survives fall from 8th floor after woman cuts his climbing rope


An industrial climber in the Russian capital managed to survive after a woman cut his climbing rope. He plummeted from the eighth floor and was close to “landing” when an additional safety rope “kicked in.”


The 49-year-old woman reached out with a knife from her balcony and cut the climbing rope to which Maksim Merkushev was “attached,” the Investigative Committee of Moscow region said. The incident occurred on January 31, but the details of the case were only made public on Friday.


GE seeks sale of asset management arm amid industrial push

The logo of General Electric is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris General Electric Co (GE.N) said on Thursday it would seek to sell its asset management arm to an investment management firm, as the U.S. conglomerate continues to make moves to focus on its industrial products.

GE Asset Management had $115 billion in assets under management as of June 30, according to GE, and manages retirement plans for the vast majority of GE’s 136,000 U.S. employees as well as assets for outside institutional investors including third-party retirement plans.