POLLUTION: PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE

I once stumbled upon a sterling article by Dr Festus Mwangi highlighting the plight of children living with cancer. Though it was written in 2017, its message still resonates audibly with me. Not only did he highlight about the increase in instances of childhood cancers but also about the lack of awareness especially among the … Continue reading POLLUTION: PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE

WATER IS LIFE: A GEOLOGICAL ‘RAW DEAL’

The descent into Kenya's Rift Valley is a scene to remember. The escarpment abruptly lets you into an open space with your eyes wandering tens if not hundreds of miles away through the plains with volcanoes protruding from them. Kenya's Rift Valley is the country's food basket inhabited by hardworking people. But sections of them … Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: A GEOLOGICAL ‘RAW DEAL’

WATER IS LIFE: NOT YET PLASTIC FREE…

I walked calmly into the hardware shop and ordered for a PVC conduit pipe for electrical installation... Kariobangi is well known for its industrial exploits supplying the city of Nairobi with all sorts of products... From plastics conduits to metallic parts for windows... From pharmaceuticals to paints and pigments... As a student of electrical installation, … Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: NOT YET PLASTIC FREE…

WATER IS LIFE: ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’

Rarely are nicknames used when describing serious pollutants in our water. But 'forever chemicals' attract a nickname for a couple of reasons: Firstly, they are so many in number (some estimates put them at around 5000 or so). It is therefore simpler to lump them together using an attribute they have in common: Their inability … Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’

WATER IS LIFE: THE MESSY SYNTHETIC CONCOCTION

Arguably, no other type of pollutants create such a mess in our drinking water like synthetic stuff... Man-made chemicals used for different purposes but which somehow end up in our drinking water without our knowledge. Yes, some of these chemicals are useful in agriculture, medicine and even at home. However, the major problem with by-products … Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: THE MESSY SYNTHETIC CONCOCTION

WATER IS LIFE: WHEN CHLORINE BRINGS PROBLEMS

Irresponsible human activity never leaves our environment the same. Though man-made, synthetic chemicals useful in industry, agriculture and medicine have made our lives better, they have adversely impacted on the quality of water we drink. Perhaps that's why most of us are obsessed with treating our water using chlorine before drinking it. Chlorine is not … Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: WHEN CHLORINE BRINGS PROBLEMS

THE FOOD CHAIN AND PERSISTENT PESTICIDES

Though pesticides are meant to help manage pests and diseases, some linger in our environments long after use. Such is the case with a special class of pesticides called organochlorines. Organochlorines are chemicals adversely categorised by the UN Stockholm convention as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These are chemicals which once released into the environment, are … Continue reading THE FOOD CHAIN AND PERSISTENT PESTICIDES