Scientists warn rainwater is no longer safe to drink

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Scientists warn rainwater is no longer safe to drink

According to research by scientists from Stockholm University, all rainwater is unsafe to drink and has made the Earth permanently “inhospitable to life.”

Its toxicity is brought on by PFAS chemicals, which go beyond the latest guidelines.

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), also known as “forever chemicals” — due to its slow disintegration process — were first discovered in packaging, shampoo, and cosmetics, but have spread to our entire environment, including water and air.

“There is nowhere on Earth where the rain would be safe to drink, according to the measurements that we have taken,” said Ian Cousins, a professor at the university and the lead author of the study published in Environmental Science and Technology.

Once ingested, PFAS builds up in the body.

Studies have shown that exposure to the chemical can also affect fertility, delay infant development, increase the risk of obesity, increase the risk of some cancers (prostate, kidney, and testicular), and raise cholesterol levels.

“We have made the planet inhospitable to human life by irreversibly contaminating it now so that nothing is clean anymore. And to the point that’s it’s not clean enough to be safe,” Cousins said. BKM/ Expat Media


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